John Hawkins: Tai Chi & Qigong Instructor
WHAT IS TAI CHI?
The ancient art of Tai Chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of today's busy lifestyles and improve health. Tai chi is sometimes described as "meditation in motion" because it promotes serenity through gentle movements — connecting the mind and body. Originally developed in ancient China for self-defense, Tai Chi evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and to help with a variety of other health conditions.
To do Tai Chi, you perform a series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. These rhythmic patterns of movement are coordinated with breathing to help you achieve a sense of inner calm. Most forms of Tai Chi are gentle and suitable for everyone. So you can practice Tai Chi regardless of your age or physical ability.
WHAT IS QIGONG?
Qigong (Chi Kung) is a five thousand-year-old traditional form of Chinese energy exercise and healing for the body, mind, and spirit. So think of Qi (Chi or Ki) as the natural energy in a person’s body. Over time a person’s Qi can stagnate or dissipate due to stress, aging, and other factors. When this happens one becomes more susceptible to disease. When this energy is rebalanced, health is restored. During Qigong practice, specific exercises are performed to open the Qi channels, remove blockages, and to cultivate or store Qi in the body. Eventually, the student learns how to lead or direct Qi to specific areas of the body, balancing the yin and yang energies and keeping the body in harmony.
Qigong can be practiced standing or sitting down and is suitable for all ages.
What are the Benefits?
· Great for stress and relaxation
· Boosts the immune system
· Lowers blood pressure
· Promotes longevity by slowing the aging process
· Reduces the incidences of anxiety, depression, and overall mood disturbances
· Increases balance and flexibility in the body
· Has been known to relieve or remove the effects of asthma, arthritis, and cancer
In addition, Harvard Medical School mentions medical benefits for arthritis, low bone density, breast cancer, heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, sleep problems and stroke.
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