QI Gong, is a moving meditation practice that aligns breath, movement, and meditation. Directly translated as “life energy cultivation” it’s purpose is meditation, healing, and/or exercise.
Let’s start with a great definition of Qigong and then discuss what role qigong plays in your tai chi development. Dr. Gayl Hubatch, in Fabric of the Soul, sums up the process of qi gong development nicely. “Coordinating breath, intention, and movement increases energy flow. Increased energy flow is healing and restorative.” Eloquent and simple. We engage in tangible, understandable activities (moving, breathing, intention) and reap health benefits. Here is what makes qi gong development difficult: It is normally a far cry from ... Read More
Here is a little history and an explanation. Chinese is made up of characters and ideograms to represent the concept of what they are writing about. Whereas the writing you are currently reading is a string of sounds that your brain puts together to get the concept. Up until recently, most writings on Chinese topics in English used the Wade-Giles system. This is a system that was developed by a British ambassador to China (Wade) in the mid 1800s and refined ... Read More