Moving Meditations – Tai Chi & Qigong Pocket Guide
WHAT ARE TAI CHI AND QIGONG?
Tai Chi and Qigong are moving meditations that build balance, coordination, strength, and functional capacity. Both practices combine the use of slow and deliberate movements with meditation and breathing practice. These practices were not developed to increase heart rates or burn calories; nevertheless, their impact on muscle control and balance are beneficial to athletes and non-athletes alike. Some research also suggests effects on metabolism.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TAI CHI AND QIGONG?
Although the practices of Tai Chi and Qigong are sometimes referred to interchangeably, Tai Chi is a practice that has grown from the Qigong tradition. Qigong, and the movements associated with the practice, was designed solely as a meditative and healing practice. The movements developed as a part of the Tai Chi tradition can be used as a martial art or applied to self- defense. Qigong can be very easy, thus it soothes the nervous system. Tai Chi is more complex, including foot movements, thus it is excellent for brain plasticity maximization. Tai Chi is often modified to be more like Qigong.
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