T’ai Chi & Qigong
Both T’ai Chi and Qigong practices utilize techniques to help the free flow of your Chi Energy throughout your body and increase Vitality (“Life Energy“). Both practices also involve certain postures and gentle movements which incorporate Mental Focus, Body Awareness, Breathing and Meditation. Steady practitioners also cultivate and higher levels of physical, emotional and mental processing while also Clearing Energy Blockages, which is often the underlying cause of many diseases. While the effects may be powerful, the routines themselves are usually gentle. T’ai Chi and Qigong are also adaptable for nearly all fitness levels, do not require any equipment and can be adapted or practiced while walking, standing, or sitting.
Accurately distinguishing between T’ai Chi and Qigong is like separating out all the color ﬂows and shadings within a mesmerizing sunset. Admittedly, while each practice can be as individual different as the instructor or student, the subtle differences between T’ai Chi and Qigong practices might include:
- T’ai Chi is a synthesis of a Martial Arts, which are the roots of its foundation. Therefore, a session blends one soft and fluid movement into the next in one choreographed flow. The physical expression of Qigong involves more stationary movements, which are repeated a certain number of times.
- T’ai Chi has a greater emphasis on discipline and form, while Qigong is less rigid and adaptable.
- Qigong is an internal process that has external movements, while T’ai Chi might have the inverse approach.
- A good analogy to distinguish the differences between these two practices is two effective weight lifting routines at the gym. One person might go to the gym and just focus on working out their legs one day while another might do a full body workout. A session of Qigong might focus on movements you do for a specific situation such as opening up your lungs while a session of T’ai Chi will focus on the entire energetic system in one session.
Our Vision at Real Eyes Meditation is to offer three to five sessions of T’ai Chi and Qigong practices each week. You have the option to attend any one session and pay a per session fee or you can pay a discounted monthly fee to access all Yoga, T’ai Chi and Qigong offered each month.