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Internal Ways What's the purpose of percussion in Qigong?

qiIn a recent conversation someone mentioned that they would NEVER do Qigong because they think it's silly that people voluntarily hit themselves.

As you are probably aware, not all Qigong involves percussive movements to various - or any - body parts. But some do...

So why do people voluntarily hit themselves?

Well, first-off, the term hitting is a little misleading. The percussive movements are more like taps or pats, as opposed to hits or strikes. They may, or may not, be firm - but are generally no firmer that the friendly pat that your dog, horse or other animal enjoys... which redefines that question as

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25 September 2013, 01:18
 

Internal Ways The advantages of T'ai Chi

To an observer, T’ai Chi appears to be a series of slow, flowing, relaxing movements – almost a graceful slow motion ballet – where some of the moves hint at self-defence applications. But, it is far more than that.

Meditation AND Medication in Motion

T'ai Chi exercises every muscle, joint and organ in the body and removes the blockages in our chi (energy flow) created by worry and excess tension or stress. In addition to promoting physical dexterity and flexibility, it teaches a flexible and yielding response to confrontation and promotes balance, harmony and peace in daily life. It teaches us to use just the right amount of effort to accomplish something, to go with the flow and still achieve. T’ai Chi teaches us to be effective by working within the environment in which we find ourselves, and within our own body limits, rather that to use brute force to be successful.

Because of the slow and gentle nature of T’ai Chi it offers a thorough form of exercise with little risk of injury. All the movements are slow and controlled and executed within the ability of the individual practising it. There is no sudden jarring that can cause injury, just gentle isometric training... and there's no need to buy special equipment. All you need is comfortable clothing that allows free movement.

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23 April 2013, 21:54
 

Internal Ways World Tai Chi Day

qigongWorld Tai Chi and Qigong Day is a world-wide annual event used to both promote and celebrate the benefits of T'ai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong (Chi Kung). It is held ever year on the last Saturday in April - and falls on Saturday, 27 April in 2013.

We're planning a fun fundraising event for 3pm on the 27th in Christchurch. I thought it would be a great idea to promote T'ai Chi and Qigong - and help to raise funds for my favourite Christchurch charity - the Otamahua | Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust.

What's happening on World T'ai Chi Day?

We're holding a public T'ai Chi Qigong session at 3pm. I've chosen to teach T'ai Chi Qigong as it is less complex and easier to learn than T'ai Chi and is likely to be more enjoyable to learn in a short space of time - while providing many of the benefits you would get from T'ai Chi.

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05 April 2013, 01:00
 

Internal Ways What is Chi Kung?

The short answer is that chi means energy, breath, or life force. Kung means work... so chi kung then means energy or breath work. The reference to work refers to harnessing the energy and breath to work for you, - and, in the vein of what you put in, is what you get out - work also implies putting in the required effort and practice to reap the benefit of chi kung.

Qigong is simply another way of spelling the romanization of the Chinese ideograms, which you also see with t'ai chi, taiji or tai chi.

qigongChi Kung comes in a wide variety of styles. Much like you have different types of motor cars, each suited to different purposes, there are many styles of chi kung. All focus on using the breath and energy, combined with visualization, to improve health, vitality and well being; but one might be more suited to helping you deal with stress, while another might be more suited to healing a particular ailment.

The different types of chi kung range from seated and stationary (your basic perception of meditation), to standing and stationary (such as the classic hugging a tree posture), to moving - to varying degrees. Within this continuum, t'ai chi slots in at the moving end, as a form of chi kung with the most movement.

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10 March 2013, 23:25