“Simplicity, patience, compassion.These three are your greatest treasures.Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.Patient with both friends and enemies,you accord with the way things are.Compassionate toward yourself,you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
FOCUS… BREATHE… MOVE…..RELAX…
TAI CHI CHUAN is part of the Chinese culture and civilization , an expression of the Chinese wisdom. Since centuries now, it has been a system of exercises meant to improve the balance and the harmony of the Yin and Yang energies.
Adopting Tai Chi positions, one becomes more concentrated, more connected allowing Qi (Chi), the energy of the Earth to run through the body, just like a tree is taking its energy and resources from the soil. Its characteristics are the slowness and the fluidity of movements. It is executed with a perfect synchronization of the movements with extreme concentration and the respiration following the rhythm of the exercise. All these elements have a calming, sedating, re-balancing effect on the central nervous system.
Tai Chi is a daily ritual in China, practiced in open air, if the weather permits, and preparing people for the routine tasks. Centuries of Tai Chi Chuan practice proved its importance in maintaining good health and preventing diseases.
QIGONG is a traditional Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy. The second word, Gong means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing, and increasing vitality.
Qi Gong (QiGong or Chi’i Kong) is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is used as a preventative measure as well as a remedy for specific conditions. Its aim is to increase the body’s life force (qi) and to improve its circulation throughout the system. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that sickness is the result of interrupted, weak or blocked flow of Qi. The aim of Qi Gong is to promote personal energy for self-healing and well being.
The most immediate health benefits of TAI CHI AND QIGONG practice are improved posture, flexibility, balance, circulation, metabolism, and neuro-muscular function, and a strengthened immune system. With everyday practice you can get better physical strength, concentration, emotional calm and serenity, and mental clarity. These exercises are used to stimulate the central nervous system, lower blood pressure, relieve stress and gently tone muscles without strain. They also enhance digestion, elimination of wastes and the the circulation of blood.
Thay can be recommended to anyone, regardless of sex, age, health or level of fitness.