"Tai Chi and Qigong are a couple of mind-body practices that originate in ancient China. Both of these practices or “types of play,” as described in China, provide low impact, weight-bearing, aerobic – yet relaxing – exercise (according to WebMD). These practices have been described as “moving meditation” by those who reap the benefits. Regular practice of Tai Chi and Qigong can benefit their practitioners in many ways. Let’s take a look at some of these benefits now.
Today, tai chi is practiced in every corner of the world for health improvement— for good reasons. It improves balance, immunity, and reduces stress. In fact, tai chi improves practically every aspect of health.
I recently had the opportunity to teach Chinese Fitness to Elementary and Middle school children. The children very much enjoyed the program and some teachers commented about how quiet and focused the children were during the class. When they asked how I got them to be so focused, I told the teachers “I taught them how to breathe and they are practicing it.”
In addition, I still offer Chinese Fitness classes from time to time. I find that using this term is easier for some to comprehend than using the term Qigong. In fact, Shibashi is a relatively newer form of Qigong that was developed in the late 1970s.
I hope that you will follow your interest in learning more about Tai Chi and Qigong for your own health journey. "