Tai Chi Qigog
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The term Tai Chi Qigong to refer to a style of qigong that bases its movements on Tai Chi. Often these movements will be linked together in a short qigong Form that looks very much like Tai Chi.
Originating in China, qigong (pronounced chee-gong) can be translated as 'energy work' or 'cultivating energy'. A more accurate translation could be 'any training or study dealing with Chi (or Qi) that evolves over a long period of time through regular and committed practice'.
Qigong is smilar in look and feel to tai chi and combines deep, mindful breathing with gentle, relaxed, flowing movements, but it differs in that it has no necessary martial arts applications. It can be (and usually is) practised purely for improved health and healing, although martial artists do often train in qigong to develop internal power in their self defence applications.
The ultimate purpose of qigong is to cultivate the chi or life energy within us, so that it flows smoothly and abundantly throughout our relaxed body, healing and repairing and lubricating and bringing us back to a state of natural balance and harmony. Movements flow to the rhythm of our breathing and a relaxed but precise internal focus leads the chi through various pathways and causes the chattering mind (Monkey Mind) to become subdued and tranquil.
Similar benefits can, of course, be achieved through sitting meditation, but the slow, gentle, relaxed, mindful movements of qigong - which feel very much like moving meditation - have a profoundly healing effect on the body, as well as inducing a deep tranquility in the mind.