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Articles on Taichi and Qigong

Whether you first encounter with Taichi and Qigong is through watching a film about life in China, or from seeing it being practiced in a less exotic location in this country, the slow graceful movements are instantly recognizable.  A peaceful atmosphere and sense of stillness are apparent, providing a contrast to the frenzied rush often caused by the pressures of daily life.  The movement is carefully performed and gives the impression of being coordinated and balanced, yet effortless at the same time.  The Chinese say of Taichi and Qigong is that, if you learn the correct methods or ways, you can gain the softness and flexibility of an infant, the strength and vitality of a lumberjack and the peace of mind and wisdom of a sage.  This is so because the same principles of movement which produce Taichi and Qigong also influence our attitude of mind.  Coupled with this sympathetic attitude, the postures liberate the subtle internal energy of Qi to circulate freely around the body.  This will in turn makes the body flexible and builds inner strength.  The system of Taichi and Qigong is different from the western way of thinking about exercise because it involves the body in a gentle and relaxed way, without using any force - the two key concepts which have made Taichi and Qigong famous.

 

Taichi and qigong is becoming increasingly popular and, if you want to study, it is becoming easier to find a class, especially if you live in a town or city.  Taichi and Qigong used to be the exercise for the elderly (think senior citizens practicing martial art-type movements in the park).  Not anymore.  Today, 20 percent of the world's population, old and young from the East and the West, practice these gentle forms of martial arts in hospitals compound, homes, workplaces, schools and community centers.  Their reason being these exercises or ancient, gentle martial arts are helping millions of people around the world to achieve better health and well-being.  Taichi and qigong are intricately related.  Qi is our natural vital internal energy whereby, it is believed that sickness arises when one's Qi is unbalanced or not flowing through.  Taichi and Qigong is practiced to stimulate the balance of the body's Qi through proper breathing, mental focus and postures.  Good health and well-being are achieved by millions of people in this world through the practice of Taichi and Qigong, regardless of age, physical ability, belief.  Taichi and Qigong can also be said as gentle forms of ancient martial arts involving breathing exercises.  Done correctly, Taichi and Qigong help concentration and alertness, relieve depression and stress and improve blood circulation.

 

There are a variety of styles to choose from and within each style a teacher will have his or her own individual approach, so that you will probably find that one class is quite different from another.  But in spite of the variety of approaches there are clear principles which are accepted by all Taichi and Qigong experts.  Taichi and Qigong has absorbed the attention of countless people during its long history, and many different facets of Chinese culture are revealed when you begin to practice.  It is as if you gain wisdom from the experience of practice, without resorting to the written word or ideas from a book. 

 

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