Tai Chi & Chi Kung
Tai Chi is an Ancient Chinese form of co-ordinated body movements often termed meditation or stillness in movement.
It involves slow and controlled movements of a non-jarring nature, breathing exercises to stimulate the flow of energy (Chi), and meditation to focus and calm the mind.
Tai Chi was used as a martial Art, however focus these days is mainly on healing and rejuvenation of the body.
Tai chi is a perfect exercise system because there is no danger of hurting oneself and the whole body is exercised symmetrically.
Doing exercise in a slow manner is a lot more difficult than trying to go slowly because the body’s stabilising muscles are working hard.
This develops core strength as well as improving balance and co-ordination.
Importantly is the relaxation that tai chi offers through the focus of the mind as well as the correct deep breathing that is taught. Deep breathing calms the nervous system, improves lung capacity, increases oxygen intake.
Chi Kung is a millennia-old system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality and martial arts training.
With roots in Chinese Medicine, philosophy and martial arts, Chi Kung is traditionallly viewed by the Chinese and throughout Asia as a practice to cultivate and balance Chi (Qi) or 'Life energy'.
Chi Kung practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow-flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm, meditive state of mind.
People practice Chi Kung worldwide for recreation, exercise, relaxation, preventitive medicine, self-healing, meditaion, self-cultivation and training for martial arts.
'Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth.
This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness'