Tai Chi and Qi gong are wonderful practices to improve one's health both physically and mentally. It has improved my life immensely and according to the testimony of hundreds of my students over the past many years, it has made many changes for the better in their lives as well.
Tai Chi as an exercise is opposite of other forms of exercise. Internal training cultivates and generates your Chi (energy), so it invigorates. Whereas most other forms of exercise, such as weight lifting, step aerobics, boxing, etc. depletes your Chi. It exhausts your energy where you feel tired afterwards. Tai Chi is non-impact so people at almost any fitness level can enjoy it. At the same time it is very aerobic without over taxing the heart and lungs. The body and organs can relax and open up and loosen so the blood flows easier and oxygenates the body systems better.
Tai Chi forms can be learned in a short time, but you can look forward to a lifetime of learning if you choose to study all of the different styles of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. And there is also the martial aspect and weapons that you can learn as well. Or you could study all of the internal layers of just one form for your whole life if you choose.
There are three main purposes for internal training:
Medical - For healing and preventing illness.
Martial - For developing power and abilities.
Spiritual - To attain a great consciousness of nature, the universe, humanity and ourselves.
As a daily routine I am convinced there is no better exercise one could do for themselves.
Sifu Bryan Knack,
Northwest Tai Chi for Health
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