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TAIJIQUAN and QIGONG

TAIJIQUAN A GENTLE EXERCISE FOR HEALTH

Taijiquan has gained a reputation for being a health promoting exercise, a kind of moving meditation and has long been noted for its great healing and therapeutic value.

As an exercise system and examine its benefits in this light, the first observation we must make is that it is very gentle. It is hardly an aerobic exercise. The intensity of the workload, as manifested by increased pulse rate, is in direct proportion to the height of the stance. So, the lower the stance, the harder the heart works.

This gentleness, however, is one of the great strengths of Taijiquan as an exercise system. It allows the beginner to make slow, steady, natural progress, thereby avoiding the dangers of physical stress, strain and injury which practitioners of aerobics or jogging might face.

When an individual does the Taijiquan sequence in a relaxed manner, the muscles around the vein, arteries, and nerves will be relaxed, allowing the Qi (Life Energy) to distribute itself more evenly and to flow more easily in those particular areas. By improving the local circulation of Qi, less stress is put on the internal organs. The slow motion can cure or help alleviate a variety of disorders. Generally, any disorder, which involves the internal organ, can be cured. Such dysfunctions as ulcers, hernias, high\low blood pressure, lung disorders, heart trouble, and tuberculosis are remedied through the practice of Taijiquan. Taijiquan has been found helpful in alleviating arthritis, chronic headaches and nervous conditions.

The important points for the one who practices the Taijiquan are CONFIDENCE, PERSEVERANCE, CONCENTRATION, RELAXATION, SECURE, SLOW and EVEN.

QI AND QIGONG

Qi is the Chinese word for " Life Energy ", is the animating power that flows through all living things. A living being is filled with it. Qi is also means gas, as in air, or oxygen. According to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, human life relies on " in born Qi original (inborn) vital energy ".

Qigong is the Chinese Style Exercises for Quieting (Mastering) the Mind and Strengthening the Body. The Techniques are divided into 2 general categories: dynamic or active qigong (dong gong) and tranquil or passive qigong (jing gong). Dynamic qigong includes obvious movement. It is Yang, active, yet it conceals the Yin, passive. Externally there is movement, but internally, the mind is quiet, peaceful and at rest. In tranquil qigong, the entire body is still. The qi is controlled by mental concentration, visualization and precise methods of breathing. Jing Gong is external yin passive, but internally yang-active. The body is still, yet the breath is moving. The mind is alert and actively paying attention to the qi. To put it simply, the Dynamic qigong is exercise and tranquil qigong is meditation. Yet these categories are not rigid. Stillness and Action are relative, not absolute principles. It is important to find a balance of Yin and Yang, not just in Qigong, but in everyday life. In movement, seek stillness and rest. In rest be mindful and attentive.

Qigong is a wholistic system of self-healing exercise and meditation, an ancient, evolving practice that includes healing posture, movement, self-massage, breathing technique and meditation. Through these various methods Qi is accumulated and stored in the body, like filling a reservoir. Impure or polluted Qi the essence of diseases can also be cleaned and refined into pure healing Qi.