What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is a martial arts concept with ancient Chinese roots. Its name is Mandarin for “Supreme Ultimate Boxing,” yet modernized Tai Chi movements designed for exercise are used less for defense training and more for relaxation and improved health. Our Tai Chi looks like slow, choreographed dance moves that flow from one to the next.
What is Qigong?
Qigong (Chi Kung) is another Chinese practice that emphasizes posture and breathing techniques for health benefits and meditation training. Its name means “to cultivate energy” – the Chinese believe there is a life force that flows through the universe, including our bodies. Qigong classes are calm and quiet, as we transition between spiritual poses.
Benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong
Often, we see older individuals practicing because it helps ease the pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia, but younger people can practice as well.
Both concepts help with balance, reduce stress and can help relieve pain throughout the body. Similar to the principles of yoga, these exercise programs relieve us of everyday anxiety by calming the mind, body and spirit through gentle movements.
All of our Tai Chi classes include Qigong exercises and we periodically present Qigong workshops where we offer teachings in a number of ancient Qigong styles. Do you have stress in your life?Come see how these beautiful arts can help you conquer stress, improve your movement and overall well-being.
Next Tai Chi cycle: 11/8 – 1/10/18, Wednesdays, 11-12:15 am, Lower Studio, no class on 11/22 or 12/27.