Science doesn’t know everything. But it is beginning to understand what ancient Chinese wisdom has understood for a very long time. Tai chi and qigong are powerful. No matter who you are, they can empower you. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, healthy or frail. They can make a vast and surprising difference in your life.
Too few people in our area understand this. In my personal experience, there’s a big difference between a) the number of people practising tai chi and qigong, then b) the number of people who would benefit.
Why? Is it because you don’t want a calm mind and boundless energy? Is it because you’re not interested in improved health and longevity? No, of course not. Understanding and accessibility to the right classes are essential.
These are a couple of reasons why I launched Tai Chi Globe. I make it easy to discover the benefits tai chi and qigong for you.
Why Tai Chi and Qigong?
What kind of benefits are there? Too many to mention here. Here are a few general ones to give you an idea:
- Increased strength, both in the lower and upper body, including core muscles of the back and abdomen
- More flexibility
- Improved balance and reduced falls
- Cope with the modern-day life! Robust development of concentration and relaxation
- Psychological benefits, like better overall mood, reduced anxiety and depression
- A perfect form of exercise for the rest of your life
- Does not require special equipment or much space to practice in
- It’s a great way to meet friendly people
- It’s fun!
Are you looking for a natural and proven approach to specific health conditions? Again, tai chi and qigong help in a wide variety of ways. Here are a few:
- Reduced pain from Arthritis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Eased fibromyalgia pain
- Reduced risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Improved quality of life, mood and efficacy in people with chronic heart failure, heart disease, cancer, mesothelioma and other chronic illnesses.
- Reduction in depression symptoms
- Improved blood glucose levels. Enhanced control of type 2 diabetes and immune system response.
The list above is a thin slice of the benefits. With a growing body of evidence behind them.
What are Tai Chi and Qigong?
No brief explanation will do justice to the beauty and depth of these ancient arts. In the coming months, I will explore them more deeply with my readers and students through various channels; articles, public speaking, private workshops, demonstrations and workshops. For the benefit of this article, though, let’s make a start.
Tai Chi in Brief
Tai chi began in China as a martial art several hundred years ago. Sometimes it’s been referred to as “moving meditation”. Even a “moving medication”!
Watching tai chi, it appears as slow, graceful and continuous movements. Many may be surprised, therefore, how powerful it is as martial art! It also became clear they became healthier. Now, tai chi is often practised for their health benefits; although some still use it as a martial art. While movements have a martial application behind them, some traditional forms have been adapted to work correctly to improve health.
In China alone, millions of people practise tai chi, with millions more worldwide. Fortunately, this has lead to an increased scientific study to understanding its wide-ranging benefits. It’s little wonder the NHS is beginning to pay closer attention to how it can benefit us in Britain.
Qigong In Brief
Qigong is the “grammar” of tai chi but has been around much longer. As with tai chi, there are many types of qigong used for different purposes. Qigong means “energy cultivation.” Everything is energy, including our body. Qigong helps you to move energy within your body and even increase it. How is that useful? The benefits listed above gives you a taste of the answer. Low or reduced movement of “qi” (energy) within us leads to illness. Qigong practitioners have understood this for thousands of years. And through the study of nature, they discovered how to cultivate qi effectively.
The list of benefits alone may explain why I’m passionate about sharing tai chi and qigong with you.