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ABOUT TAI CHI QIGONG
Qigong, (pronounced chee gung) means energy cultivation or practice, and originated in China as far back as 500 AD. It is a mind-body moving meditation program that combines gentle, flowing movements with stretching, deep breathing, self-massage and mindfulness. Qigong is a restorative exercise that builds your vital (life) energy (Chi), improves posture and balance, decreases stress, induces a deep sense of inner peace and more.
Both Qigong and Tai Chi have several ‘forms’ involving different patterns of movement, with Tai Chi forms often being longer and more complicated. Scott offers sessions that are easy to follow, yet allow students an opportunity to expand their practice over time.
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More About Qigong
Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises.
The character “Qi” that makes up the first part of qigong is a difficult word to translate, according to Peter Wayne, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the research director at Harvard’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Qi is a concept from traditional Chinese culture that roughly means vital energy, information, breath or spirit. The second character in qigong, “gong,” means cultivation or mastery, Wayne said. Qigong is therefore sometimes translated as “vital energy cultivation” or “mastery of your energy.”
There are many forms of qigong practiced throughout the world. Some of these forms involve breathing and meditation to promote spirituality and health while others are more vigorous and include martial arts exercises. Tai chi, a widely practiced mind-body exercise, is sometimes referred to as a form of qigong because it “cultivates, moves and helps manage Qi,” according to Wayne.
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Tai Chi (Taiji)
Tai Chi (Taiji) is an internal martial arts style from China and means ‘balance and harmony’ in Body, Mind, Spirit and LIFE. It is also a very effective health exercise and moving meditation.
Both Qigong and Tai Chi have several ‘forms’ involving different patterns of movement, with Tai Chi forms often being longer and more complicated. Scott White offers sessions that are easy to follow, yet allow students the opportunity to expand their practice over time.
“When you cultivate Balance & Harmony in yourself or the world – that is Tai Chi. When you work & play with the energy and essence of Life, Nature and the Universe – that is Qigong.”
Dr. Roger Jahnke of www.iiqtc.org
Tai Chi Easy™ is a carefully developed method and approach to Tai Chi and Qi (Chi) cultivation that makes it easy, beneficial and fun from the very beginning. The student does not have to devote years to learning the traditional 108
movement form or even the shortened (24, 36, 42 movement) form to enjoy the calming emotional and health benefits of Tai Chi (Taiji).
According to Roger Jahnke, O.M.D, Director and Lead Trainer of the Institute of Integral Qigong and TaiChi, and Scott White’s teacher,
“The practice (of Tai Chi) triggers health and healing benefits from both the Asian paradigm of energy and the Western paradigm of physiology. The balance and flow of one’s internal self-healing energies is enhanced by the slow, intentful, meditative movements of Taiji. At the very same time the delivery of oxygen and nutrition from the blood to the tissues is improved. The lymph system’s ability to eliminate metabolic by-products and transport immune cells is increased. The biochemical profile of the brain and nervous system is shifted toward recovery and healing.”
Another leader in the field of Tai Chi for health improvements, Dr. Paul Lam – a family physician and tai chi teacher since 1976:
“The flowing movements of tai chi contain much inner strength, like water flowing in a river, beneath a tranquil surface there is a current of immense power, the power for healing and wellness.
With consistent practice, people will be able to feel the internal energy (qi 氣), convert it to internal force (jing 勁) and use it to generate more internal energy. This process would greatly enhance tai chi development, leading to a more balanced mental state; at the same time your fitness, agility and balance will improve. The unique feature of tai chi is that it is internal. Internal means building the inner strength from inside out, therefore you can continue to develop at any age.”
Research is confirming that Tai Chi and Qigong, Chinese wellness practices for Mind-Body health, prevent and heal disease and relieve pain.