No, I don’t, I tried few times before, found that Tai Chi and QiGong looks easy exercise but in fact they are very difficult, both require you put a lot of concentration and discipline, also, it takes time to learn the correct movements and coordination, which is very time consuming, but my parents like them, they are practicing and enjoy it a lot.
Tai Chi has been practiced in China for centuries, it is a martial art form that uses slow movements to connect mind and body. It is focusing on breathing and the body’s motion, it rejuvenates, stretches, strengthens, releases tension, opens points and calms and quietens the mind all at the same time.
In Taoist philosophy Tai Chi comprises two interacting and complementary forces, yin (soft) and yang (strong).
Yin is softer and necessary for balance and meditation, it brings the body inward and calms the mind. It develops focus and a sense of ‘centre’ important to martial arts including Tai Chi, along with yoga, Pilates and other mind body fitness disciplines.
Yang energy is assertive, masculine and supportive. It is strength and protection and the ability to stand up for yourself. In relation to exercise and martial arts, it uses the largest muscles in the body such as the quadriceps or thighs. It helps circulate blood efficiently, releases toxins and promotes strength and resilience.
South Korean researchers found that Tai Chi may improve senior citizen’s strength and help them avoid falls. The researchers tested Tai Chi in older adults – the slow, gentle, and continuous movements help them develop stronger muscles, better balance control, concentration, and psychological well-being.
There are various styles of this martial art and some involve around 100 different movements and postures.
Qigong, on the other hand, has been practiced in China since around 500BC. Qi means life energy and gong means practice. It can be defined as “life force cultivation” or energy technique.
Rock faces found in China and Tibet show ancient drawings of qigong-like exercises. Today, QiGong is still a major component of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is believed to clear the body meridians of obstructions to health and to restore the body’s own natural healing capabilities.
Both Tai Chi and QiGong are methods of balancing the flow of qi via breath, gentle movements and meditation. Tai chi uses slow, fluid body movements. it’s not a jarring form of exercise. Both methods promote stress management and blood circulation.
If you are looking for a daily routine to perform for health and relaxation, below this video is for you. It is about Shibashi (translated: 18 Forms) – a modern QiGong based on elements of Yang style Tai Chi. It was created in 1982 by medical experts from the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shanghai. This form is performed by millions of people throughout Australasia and is considered the national health exercise in several countries of the region.
This is a full form presentation, easy to follow through by beginners, hope you enjoy it 🙂