Sustainable Health – One Step
Small adjustments can assist us to reduce our living and environmental impact. Our life, and life itself, is a physically consumptive process.
Mapping The Science Of Qigong & Tai Chi is finding solutions to make our way of life and the planet’s resources survive as long as possible, which is what sustainable living demands. Excessive supplements and pharmaceutical usage pollute both the environment and our bodies. Natural training methods reduce the need for boosters and medicines, leading to increased fitness and wellness. reducing medical costs and consumption. Introducing Qigong 气功/氣功 (Chi Gong, Ki Gong, Tchee Kung) and Taijiquan 太極 (Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Quan, Tai Tchee Chuen, Taijiquan); Qi is pronounced as Tchee; are concepts that are rapidly growing, thanks to a recent flurry of references in social media and the media, particularly in the Health and Lifestyle sections of blogs, newspapers, and magazines, as a frontier in complementary and alternative medicine.
The need to obtain balance in wellness; “the rest and digest” state. The connection to a calmer, peaceful, and more relaxed you; allowing both body & mind to rest and restore. Our book Mapping the Science of Qigong & Tai Chi; Unravels The Complex Toward Simplicity. As mentioned previously, many people know how to incorporate relaxation into their lives. It seems as if our society, in general, needs help with incorporating these actions to find this balance. The space to fully comprehend the network of knowledge is so vast and the need to end this conversation is evident for now. We hope this knowledge will allow you to enter the door to self-healing, self-practice, and self-care.
Taijiquan and Qigong indeed is a kind of Traditional Chinese Medicine; Yang Sheng 养生 (a mind-body harmony technique for “nourishing life”) means dealing with small health problems at root level to limit the chance of illness getting a foothold in the body, an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Essentially prevention medicine; ‘prevention rather than cure’. “Qi” is both a Mandarin character 气/氣 for air and a term for an abstract form of energy that is considered vital to the mind, body, and spirit. Qigong 氣功 (source of life + mastery, or refinement) is a series of methods for enhancing vitality, longevity, and sexual potency, as well as attaining and maintaining optimal health and inner calm.
Qigong’s major function is to cultivate and nourish the Qi. Whereas Taijiquan; lowers the Qi to the lower Dantian/abdomen to connect and sink the Qi into the earth; which then allows for the Yin Qi to channel and move into the collaterals and meridians; to balance and activate its medicinal wonders. The French physiologist Claude Bernard said “all the vital mechanisms, however varied they may be, have only one object, that of preserving constant the condition of life in the internal environment.”‘
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When doing Taijiquan and Qigong, the homeostasis of the organism is like at rest; but the circulation of blood is similar to that of the body in motion. The circulation of blood is improved. When the body is resting, the major portion of the blood flows to the abdominal organs: stomach, intestines, and liver. Blood flow to the stomach and intestine facilitates the secretion of digestive juices that aid the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. A master of Taijiquan not only relaxes the skeletal muscles but also softens the internal organs. When suspended, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems can function properly, allow¬ing the organs to be adjusted. While practicing Taijiquan, the activity of the abdominal organs, especially the digestive and absorption functions of the stomach and intestines will be increased, but minimal physical power will be consumed.
Taijiquan and Qigong’s practice requires “quiet of mind and relaxation of the body” as well as “seeking the quiet within the movements” It is a restful motion that promotes the conservative and restorative functions of the parasympathetic system. The Bubbling Well is a physical concept based on the biomechanics of the human foot, which has 52 bones and various types of connective tissue. It is a balance, weight, and energetic point or gate and an essential part of our foundation training. Qigong and Taijiquan assist in the regulation of the autonomic nervous system and enhanced sympathovagal balance. Qigong and Taijiquan can indirectly improve thinking and memory by improving mood and reducing stress, depression, and anxiety.
This book is a simple guide to learning the fundamentals of Qigong and/or Tai Chi. To activate Self-Care we need to Self-Practice to obtain Self-Healing.
Qigong & Tai Chi is Worldwide
Many people today are stressed and overworked. Our lives are filled with daily stressors, and we know that stress can cause tremendous damage to the body and mind. Qigong is an umbrella term that include a variety of energy-based healing practices based on Daoist philosophy and principles of Chinese medical theory. There are reported to be several thousand schools of Qigong practice in its long history in China. Today, millions of people around the world regularly practice Qigong and Taijiquan to maintain their health. Qigong and Taijiquan-related disciplines are still associated with the martial arts and meditation that were taught by Daoist’s, Buddhist monks, martial artists, and their students. Qigong, a practice that was once closely guarded, is now widely available to the general public both in China and around the world.
Taijiquan’s Kung Fu proficiency is known as Neijin. Taijiquan secret: “vigour comes from sinew,” and there will be a miraculous effect after correcting the autonomic nervous system at the same time. Taijiquan practice requires these rules to be applied, to use the mind and will, not muscular force. Qigong and Taijiquan practice teach us to merge mind, body, spirit whole-body connect, never isolate or exclude a single part. The human body is a microcosm, a universe in miniature. All our actions should lead to a positive reaction; alongside the need to obtain balance in wellness; “the rest and digest” state.
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