History & Development
Tai Chi translates from Chinese to mean, “Grand Ultimate”, and in the Chinese culture, it represents an expansive philosophical and theoretical notion which describes the the universe in the spontaneous state of dynamic balance between mutually interactive phenomena including the balance of light and dark, movement and stillness, waves and particles. Tai Chi, the exercise, is named after this concept and was originally developed both as a martial art (Tai Chi Chuan or taijiquan) and as a form of meditative movement.
Positive Effects of Tai Chi
The practice of Tai Chi as meditative movement is expected to elicit functional balance internally for healing, stress neutralization, longevity, and personal tranquility. For numerous, complex sociological and political reasons, Tai Chi has become one of the best known forms of exercise or practice for refining Qi and is purported to enhance physiological and psychological functions like:
Difference between Tai Chi and Qigong
The one factor that appears to differentiate Tai Chi from Qigong is that traditional Tai Chi is typically performed as a highly choreographed, lengthy, and complex series of movements, while Qigong is typically a simpler, easy to learn, more repetitive practice. However, even the longer forms of Tai Chi incorporate many movements that are similar to Qigong exercises. Usually, the more complex Tai Chi routines include Qigong exercises as a warm-up, and emphasize the same basic principles for practice, that is, the three regulations of body focus, breath focus and mind focus. Therefore Qigong and Tai Chi, in the health promotion and wellness context, are operationally equivalent.
Learn Tai Chi
At ThaiQi School of Alternative Wellness , the Tai Chi Easy Course is taught from the syllabus and course of the Instituite of Integral Qi Gong & Tai Chi, USA. To know more about the course visit our Courses Page.