The practices of Qi Gong (qigong) and Tai Chi (taichi) are ancient forms of energy yoga that are designed to circulate the life’s breath or life force throughout the meridian systems of the body. Qi Gong (qigong) literally translates as “energy work” while Tai Chi Chuan means “Grand Ultimate Fist” which is a martial art based on energy dynamics. The commonality is that they both circulate energy via the meridian system. In both systems, the practitioner is to focus their mind and their breath down to the lower dantien which is a point about three inches below the navel.
One week has not gone by when, upon finding out I teach Qi Gong, I am asked “Is that like Tai Chi?” The answer is- yes, kind of. Here’s the scoop folks:
Qi Gong literally translates to “energy work”. It is the ancient Asian practice of energy cultivation and breath work. Known as a form of yoga, the practice of Qi Gong comes in many forms- some seated, some in deep stances, and others looking more like self massage. There are literally thousands of traditions practicing different forms of Qi Gong out there. Many of them come from health and healing practices while others from martial arts lineages. Why martial arts? Easy- let’s cultivate your internal energy, strengthen your vital flow, refine your focus, and teach you to project that power out of your palms and into that guy. Yeah- you see it in the Kung Fu movies all the time.
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