Tai Chi Quan Intro

Tai Chi Quan Intro one step at a time.

Preservation of Health

Every single person without exception has a desire to preserve his or her health. However, throughout their lives, most people are plagued by disease in one form or another. The Chinese explain it thus:  Many times an illness begins when one is unaware of an imbalance that has subtly begun. This allows a pathogen to accumulate and degenerate the body, progressing to the point where it penetrates the level of the bones and marrow. Health and well-being can be achieved only by remaining centered with one's spirit, guarding against squandering one's energy, maintaining the constant flow of one's Qi and blood, and nourishing one's self preventatively. This is the way to a long and happy life.

Taiji & Qigong Compared with Other Exercises

The body is designed in such a way that it only remains healthy if it is exercised. However, there are so many kinds of exercise from which to choose that it can become quite confus­ing, and it is difficult for anybody to know which is the most beneficial. Although they all differ in form and scale, most exercises have one thing in common - they never go beyond reliance on weight, force, and speed. You may learn how to move your limbs properly, but this doesn't encourage harmony between movement and breathing. Taiji or Qigong is different from other exercises, as all movements are performed in a relaxed way.

The Importance of Exercise

Young children are always active and, therefore, their bodies are constantly being worked. However, as one gets older a big factor that contributes to the body's decay is the tendency to become more and more sedentary as the year's pass. This lack of exercise affects the most important function in the body, blood circulation, which is not only responsible for supplying each cell with nutrients, but also for transporting all waste material away from the cells. Thus, for the body to remain healthy it is important for circulation to function efficiently. In Taiji or Qigong, the tissues are supplied with oxygen and the circulation is stimulated through the twisting actions the various moves require. These ideas are hardly new. More than 2000 years ago, a Chinese health minister complained: These days, people have changed their way of life. They drink wine as though it were water, indulge excessively in destructive activities, and deplete their Qi. They do not know the secret of conserving their energy and vitality. Seeking emotional excitement and momen­tary pleasures, people disregard the natural rhythm and order of the universe. They fail to regulate their lifestyle and diet and sleep improperly. So it is not surprising that they look old at 50 and die soon after."

Advantages of Taiji & Qigong

Because there is no build-up of tension when practicing Taiji or Qigong, blood circulation and breathing remain balanced. Thus, blood circulation is the first process in the body that is improved. However, the advantages of Taiji or Qigong are numerous. Here are some of the most common benefits: better flexibility and suppleness, an increase in cardiovascular activity, digestion, and metabolism. This leads to a strengthened immune system, a boost to one's energy levels, and thus general well-being. A further advantage of Taiji or Qigong is that it can be performed by everyone, irrespective of age. The very gentleness of Taiji or Qigong is one of its greatest strengths, as it does not overstrain the heart.

Extract from the publication; (click the link)  Mapping Qigong & Tai Chi Book

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