Exercises - Heal and Energize.(T'ai Chi Qigong promotes stress release and cardiovascular conditioning)(Brief Article)

Author: Tatoui I
Conference/Journal: Accent on Living
Date published: 1999
Other: Volume ID: 44 , Issue ID: 2 , Pages: 24 , Special Notes: Full Text COPYRIGHT 1999 Cheever Publishing, Inc , Word Count: 235

In an era where stress is prevalent and time is of the essence, a self-help,
preventative program designed to attain good health and well-being would be a
blessing. Physical, emotional, and spiritual wholeness can be ore than a pipe
dream: T'ai Chi Qigong exercises promote cardiovascular conditioning, open
joints, tone the body, harmonize internal organs; and begin the flow of the
life-giving energy, chi.

Qigong includes numerous Chinese health skills practiced for over 3,000 years
by Buddhists, Taoists, Confucianists, acupuncturists, herbalists, and martial
artists. Many of these practices were guarded secrets and dispensed of in the
1949 revolution. Since 1980, Qigong, has been promoted by the Chinese
government and its people, thus, attracting the western world. Inherent in all
applications of Qigong is the movement of chi: When chi flows throughout the
body, conditions like arthritis, abnormal blood pressure, backaches,
depression, etc., ease up and dissipate. T'ai Chi Qigong is a soft style,
internal, martial art, which takes elements from T'ai Chi while reserving the
principles of Qigong. Through muscular movements and circular rotations
embodying breathing and concentration, chi is stimulated. Regardless of
circumstance, you can benefit from the exercises. If unable to stand, sit
comfortably and move your arms gracefully radiating chi's energy. With limited
mobility, do whatever movements you can. One can just sit and meditate,
generating chi throughout the body. Nature's healing balm, inherent in all
living things, is God's insignia: an awesome, limitless force.