Tai- Chi and Qigong is an ancient Chinese art form for strengthening the body’s vital energy. It works to improve recovery time, energy levels, and immune function using a variety of methods.

The martial arts of Pa Kua Chang, Xing Yi Quan, Tai Chi, and Liu He Ba Fa (the four internal martial arts) produce the most optimum health attainable in the individual. The exercises of these arts increase and maintain health by stretching the tendons, ligaments, muscle and fascia (layers between the organs), increasing lung capacity and breathing strength, redistributing the weight and reconnecting the muscle paths (connections between the muscle groups and re-coordinating the relation between the large and small muscles of the body) to exert the proper amounts of pressure on the organs. Meditation through all its progressive stages is part of these arts. One learns concentration by concentrating on the whole body feeling described above.

As one’s feeling for whole body power becomes second nature, and tension is released from muscle groups previously working at odds with their neighbor muscle groups, the mind moves toward empty-mind meditation, concentration becomes less focused but still as acute, taking in more and more of one’s surroundings. Concentration mediation is to empty-mind mediation as straight forward seeing is to what we often refer to as peripheral vision. To lessen the gap between the two types of meditative ‘vision’ is one of the goals of mediation. Empty-mind meditation taken naturally into daily life is the source of the tales of the intuition of the masters, who could hear or see an enemy before this apprehending seemed humanly possible.

Through posture, movement, breath and mental concentration, Tai-Chi and Qigong offers a methodology to rediscover the inner medicine – chi, the vital and healing resource within us – and to magnify the exchange between ourselves and nature, enabling us to fuse with the infinite creative power of the universe that ultimately is the origin of love, compassion, and the source of all healing.

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