CHI GONG AND TAI CHI – 10 SIMPLE ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESITONS
IT IS NOT IMPORTANT HOW OLD YOU ARE. IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO HOW MUCH QI YOU HAVE.
Unknown Daoist Master
- WHAT IS QIGONG?
The word of Qigong is made up of two Chinese words. Qi (pronounced chee) is the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe, or universal energy.
The word Gong means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through regular practice. So Qigong means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for power, higher intellect, better intuition, longevity, health maintenance and healing.
- WHAT IS TAI CHI?
Tai Chi, or Tai Chi Cuan, or Taijiquan, is an internal (internal means using intrinsic mental powers and internal energy, opposing external, which uses purely physical power and speed. Tai Chi is not the only internal martial art, there are more – Hsing I Chuan, Ba Gua Chuan, Liu He Ba Fa Chuan, etc.) Chinese martial art practised for both its defense training and its health benefits and longevity. Tai Chi could be translated as “Supreme Ultimate Force”. There are 5 major schools of Tai Chi – Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun and Hao.
- DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TAI CHI AND CHI GONG
Although Tai Chi and Qigong are best practices for building a good health and longevity, Qigong (there are many styles of Qigong) has speciﬁc techniques that are particularly effective for speciﬁc diseases or developing special abilities beyond the boundaries of Tai Chi. For instance, there are speciﬁc medical Qigong methods for helping those with cancer (Guo Lin Chi Gong) and mitigating the effects of radiation and chemotherapy, Qigong for heart (liver, lung, kidneys, etc.) diseases, mental Qigong for improving mental and perceptional abilities of the practitioner, martial Qigong (which is a part for particular style of martial art), which greatly improves martial abilities and performance, having within it practices for increasing the power which the practitioner needs to make self-defense techniques much more effective, health and wellness Qigong, etc.
Tai Chi is a martial art, and as such, has fighting techniques and weapons training, and martial Qigong as well. All tai chi styles powerfully heal and maintain health. Only a smaller part of participants do any of its practical martial arts techniques, like martial applications, sparring, Tu Show (special exercises for sensitivity development), and weapons (spare, sword, staff, knifes, etc). Qigong per se does not include the ﬁghting techniques themselves. In martial arts, such as Tai Chi or Wing Chun Kung Fu it is an applied qigong part, which helps to build specific power and increase fighting abilities and specific performance of the warrior. So Qigong is not a martial art, but it might be a part of particular martial art.
Tai Chi and Qigong are both strongly based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory.
- Who can practise Qigong?
Anybody. There is no age (or sex, religious, physical condition and other) restrictions. It provides a lot of benefits to all age groups.
- Why should I practice Qigong?
There are numerous benefits from Qigong practice. Among them are the following:
1. Greatly improved health. Qigong provides general immune system strengthening and cures specific illnesses, such as cancer and diabetes, etc. Qigong increases human life span and adds great quality to these years.
2. Calm and strong mind. Life depends on our perception – it might be a hell or paradise, but it still all in our mind. When our mind is peaceful, the whole world feels like home. Peaceful person is strong and radiates magnetic force: everybody wants to be around that person and people get changed this way.
3. Stronger intuition. Qigong practice activates certain areas of our brain, which are responsible for receiving messages from the unseen world.
4. Deep and strong sleep. Your ability to recuperate quickly will be dramatically improved. Senior qigong practitioners usually need 2-3 hours less than ordinary person to recuperate.
5. Good metabolism. You will never be too skinny or too heavy – you got your optimal shape and stay this way all your life.
6. Increased level of energy, sexual activity, fertility. Increased production of hormones make you look younger. Skin, digestion, comfortable warmth – a few by-products of regular qigong practice. Body functions naturally normalize, all systems work together, providing true body homeostasis.
7. Spiritual growth. After a period of regular qigong practice you start to find out answers to your innermost questions – they come somewhat naturally, your worries disappear. You find out that sometimes you can foresee things, and good coincidences (or what we understand under this name) happen more often. Life resonates in sync with your true intentions.
- Does Qigong help with psychological disorders, obesity, phobias, depression, etc.?
Yes it does, along with other numerous diseases. The key is increased body energy level, improved immune system and happy and positive attitude.
- Any danger or side effects of practicing Qigong?
No, if basics of Qigong are mastered with the assistance of the experienced instructor.
- How often and for how long should be practiced Qigong?
Typical qigong session takes anything between 20 to 40 or 45 minutes – it depends on certain factors. Whoever want to be cured faster, practice more. But there is a certain limit to length of practice. Usually it lasts from 30 to 40 minutes.