Tai Chi & Qigong for Health, Fitness & Well-Being

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Qigong (pronounced Chee Gung) and Tai Chi are internal Chinese meditative practices which use slow gentle movements and controlled breathing techniques that strengthen the mind-body connection, reduce stress, promote serenity and improve circulation thereby enhancing the practitioners overall health. -- Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD
Qigong - which means Energy Cultivation - is a restorative exercise which involves gentle movement/stretching, breathing, self-massage and meditation. Sometimes called Dao Yin Yoga, the exercise helps to improve the circulation of Chi (bio energy or Life Energy as well as bring balance and harmony to the body, mind and spirit.

Tai Chi - which means supreme ultimate balance and harmony - is a type of Qigong. It is a moving meditation usually performed in a series of movements connected together called a form. Although the movements are the same, this is not to be confused with Tai Chi Chuan which is a form of kung fu or martial art.

The self-care practices of Qigong and Tai Chi are known to trigger numerous health and fitness benefits:

The gentle, easy to perform exercises help to improve balance, coordination, strength, flexibility, energy and mobility.

They initiate the relaxation response, which is when the mind is freed of its many distractions. This reduces heart rate and blood pressure, and optimizes the delivery of oxygen and nutrition to the cells.

They alter the neurochemistry profile toward accelerated inner healing function. This helps to manage pain and mood, reduce anxiety or depression and neutralize addictive cravings.

They enhance the efficiency of the immune system through increased rate and flow of the lymphatic fluid and activation of immune cells.

They increase the efficiency of cell metabolism which can assist with weight management.

They coordinate and balance right/left brain hemisphere dominance promoting deeper sleep, reduced anxiety and mental clarity.

They induce alpha, and , in some cases, theta brain waves; this optimizes the bodys self-regulative mechanisms by decreasing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (stress response or fight or flight).

As a fitness professional for 25 years, I have tried almost every type of exercise. I have experienced such amazing benefits from Tai Chi and Qigong since I began practicing over 10 years ago - it is the ONE exercise I do Everyday.

Editors Note: This article was submitted by Scott White, B.S. in Exercise Sports Science & Health Education. Certified Integral Qigong & Tai Chi Teacher and Owner of Qigong & Tai Chi Utah.He may be reached at 801-556-5964 or by email at:taichiutah@gmail.com

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