Tai Chi & Qigong
The hard and strong will fall. The soft and weak will overcome.
Tao Te King, Verso 76
Tai Chi has is origin in the classics of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoism. The principles of their practice imply understanding the movements of energy. The Taoist classics say, “Use the mind to mobilize Qi, use Qi to mobilize the body.”
We can not live in a complete way without exercise. The human being moves in an area influenced by the energies of the earth and the energies of the sky. The relaxed movement, together with a fluid and continuous attention on the body, its energies and its connection with the energies of the environment, produces health and well-being. The harmony of the slow movement, in a world with such a hurry, produces a charming and regenerating contrast to the being who practices Tai Chi.
Tao Yin or Taoist Yoga is a series of exercises practiced by Taoists to cultivate chi, the internal energy of the body according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.The practice of Tao Yin was a precursor of Qigong and was practiced in the Chinese Taoist monasteries for health and spiritual cultivation. Tao Yin is also taught today under the name of “Daoyin Yangsheng Gong” at the Universityof Physical Education from Beijing.
The main goal of Tao yin is to create balance between internal and external energies and to revitalize the body, mind and spirit, developing strength and flexibility in muscles and tendons.
A constant practice of Tao yin will enable the individual to have a deeper understanding, consciousness and awareness of his body and mind and reaching as far as the spiritual world.
Tao Yin, is also known to be a primary formative practice for the well-known internal Chinese martial art, Tai Chi Chuan.
In turn, Qigong is a system of techniques that align the body, breath and mind into a balanced and healthy whole for the individual who practices it . It is used to maintain the health and increase the resistance of the body, to achieve the state of peace of mind and the energetic flow in meditation, for the training of the martial arts, in the prevention, as a complement in the treatments of alternative medicine, etc. According to the Taoist, Buddhist and Confucianist philosophy, the practice of Qigong allows access to the higher states of consciousness and opens us to our true inner nature.