Qi Gong ~ The Silent Dance
Creating Sacred Space Within
Qi Gong is like yoga, but in an upright position. Unlike seated meditation customs, and Qi Gong is a “movement meditations”. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qi Gong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.
Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qi Gong find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality, maintain health even into old age and helps speed recovery from illness. Western scientific research confirms that Qi Gong reduces hypertension and the incidence of falling in the aged population. One of the more important long-term effects is that Qi Gong reestablishes the body/mind/soul connection.
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Tai Chi Chuan, commonly called Tai Chi, is about 700 years old. Tai Chi was invented in China as an internal Martial Art, cultivating both self defending and Qi Gong skills, as well as having medical aspect.The movements of Tai Qi are slow versions of defensive or aggressive positions and although it may appear not to be very strenuous it can in fact be very tiring using up a lot of energy. It is an excellent exercise for coordinating all of your body muscles by moving them at the same time. With Tai Qi, you learn to control your breathing, pulse and muscles coordination.. The health benefits of Tai Qi are the same as Qi gong.
Six Healing Sounds Qi Gong
The Six Healing Sounds is a Taoist qigong and sitting meditation. The Six Healing Sounds set falls on the health and spiritual/psychological end of the qigong spectrum. This set is a very calming routine and is an excellent qigong form to work in the evening. It helps shed the tensions of the day, calming your body and mind, leading to more restful sleep.