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The difference between Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
Very often my clients ask me what are the differences between these two disciplines. Although there are many similarities there are also substantial differences. In this article I’m going to explain.
The expression Qi Gong (pronounced chee-gong) and the transliteration (the mapping from one system of writing into another) is Qi Gong, if we use the Pinyin system which is the official system. Or we can spell it as Chi Kung if we use the Wade-Gilles system.
Gong means both "work" and "force / power".
The general meaning that we could give to this word is a "commendable job", done with commitment and constancy. So Qi Gong means Work with Energy.
The expression Taijiquan, also written Tai Chi Chuan, means Supreme Ultimate Boxing and its purpose is to cultivate the energy to use it in a combat in a very effective way.
Tai Chi movements have a double aim: on one side the martial purpose of combat and on the other is mobilizing the energy through the meridians of the body in order to achieve the correct circulation of energy providing health and vitality.
Regarding the practical part, the movements are martial sequences sometimes with bare hands others using weapons. This movements are oriented to improve combat skills.
Qi Gong exercises don't have any martial application, movements and work is totally focused on providing health to the body and mind, let's say it is a much more specific and specialized work in treating, preventing, strengthening and healing.
Practicing Qigong we can direct the vital energy to keep our body healthy through an energy balance. Usually, it's practiced with therapeutic goals to prevent diseases.
The practice of Qigong provides for the synchronization between physical movement, breathing and visualization. The movements are oriented to balance the internal organs and to allow the energy to flow correctly through the meridians.
Marta Regina | Mindfulness Trainer
Marta is a CFM (Center For Mindfulness UMASS) certified mindfulness teacher, working for the past 20 years. After completing a Master’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Padova in Italy, she studied the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program with Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Leading classes and retreats in meditation and mindfulness in Italy, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Canada Marta is now living in Scotland studying at the University of Aberdeen for a Master’s Degree in Mindfulness.
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