Tai Ji – Qi Gong
QI GONG (Chi Kung)
An ancient Chinese practice to cultivate and balance your vital energy
Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. The word „Qi” is usually translated to mean the life force or vital energy that flows through all things. The second word, Gong, means achievement of results, or skill cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qi Gong mean cultivating energy, and describe a practice for healing, maintaining health, and increasing vitality.
The traditional Chinese Medicine uses Qi Gong for preventive and curative functions. Qi Gong is not only a set of breathing exercises, but also a variety of physical and mental training methods designed to help body and mind. Qi Gong can be easily recognized as a series of carefully choreographic movements or gestures that are designed to promote and manipulate the flow of Qi (energy) within the practitioner’s body.
Qi Gong is now practiced worldwide, and is considered an alternative medicine and a meditative practice. Practitioners range from athletes to the physically challenged. It is low impact and can be done while lying, sitting, or standing, so Qi Gong is suitable for disabled persons, seniors, and people recovering from injuries.
As a Qi Gong teacher and member of the National Association of Qi Gong Teachers in Switzerland, I carefully choose the exercises for all my classes, to include every hour the following principles:
• Intentional movement careful, flowing, balanced style
• Rhythmic breathing slow, deep, coordinated with fluid movement
• Awareness calm, focused meditative state
• Visualization of Qi flow, philosophical tenets, aesthetics.
The principles are repeated and practiced through the lesson. In a short time the energy will circulate though the body and a warm feeling will be perceived.
Through practice of the exercises, you will achieve:
• Equanimity: more fluid, more relaxed
• Tranquility: empty mind, high awareness
• Stillness: smaller and smaller movements, eventually to complete stillness.
Research examining the benefits of Qi Gong is increasing, and a number of studies have proved its positive effect in several areas:
• Immune function and inflammation, Bone density, Cardiopulmonary effects, Physical function, Health related quality of life
• Self efficacy, Patient reported outcomes, Psychological symptoms.
Qi Gong and Tai Ji
Tai Ji is a soft-style martial art that uses the principles of Qi Gong: mind and body exercises emphasizing the function and application of „Qi“.
Both Qi Gong and Tai Ji have similar beneficial effects and both have the advantages of low cost, low risk, and high accessibility.
Both Qi Gong and Thai Ji are now practiced by millions worldwide, primarily for their health benefits (though many practitioners have also adopted specific philosophical, medical, or defense training perspectives).
No more comments to add, let’s practice together and experience the benefits to our minds and bodies.
Tai Ji and Qi Gong Teacher in Zurich – Tai Ji and Qi Gong chairlady in ZIWA
Note of the editor: Tai Ji lessons are on Wednesdays from 18.00 to 19.30 - additional information is available in the ZIWA News.
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