Over 6,000 people have participated in studies about the ancient Eastern practices of Qigong and Ta Chi, ABC News reports – and the effects are powerful. Advantages include improved balance and psychological health, reduced stress, lower risk of heart problems and a better overall quality of life.
Unlike yoga, Tai Chi does not push your body to an intense limit. It’s more about the mind and the spirit, focusing on circulating, developing and balancing theÂ chiÂ -Â a kind of spiritual energy that resides in every living thing. Everyday Tai Chi calls the practice a “gentle and relaxing” workout – so people of all ages and all fitness levels can try it. Take a look at this beginner video to get an idea of the poses:
According to the National Qigong Association, Qigong (or Chi Kung) is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All version of the art involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. People practice Qigong to reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. Here’s the NQA’s introductory video:
Are you convinced yet? Just a few minutes of breathing and gentle movements could change how you feel!