I recently had a conversation with someone who was seeking qi gong advice. She was four years into a serious and degenerative condition and was looking for ‘alternative’ therapies that might help her manage her symptoms and perhaps much more. She had come across qi gong on the web and found many testaments to its efficacy. When she contacted me she expressed her confusion over the differences between Therapeutic and Medical qi gong. Both terms had cropped up in online chats so I thought I would put down some notes based upon that conversation for anyone wondering the same.
As an overview, it is fair to say that all qi gong can be considered as Therapeutic. If we take for example a common definitions of Therapeutic we see that qi gong definitely fits. Therapeutic – relating to the healing of disease; … Read More »
Tai Ji Quan is called Supreme Ultimate Boxing, Great Polarity Boxing and Yin Yang Boxing. Tai Ji Quan is a sophisticated martial Art, a health practice, a meditation, physical poetry,
embodied philosophy and spirituality. It is restoring, healing and nourishing. It is a way of life.
Tai Ji Quan is demanding, subtle, intelligent and natural.
It is fluid and continuous, still and lively, mysterious and simple, gentle and powerful. Tai Ji Quan is a flowing river.
Tai Ji is born of Wu Ji and is the source of Yin and Yang. Everything is generated from Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang give birth to endless changes. Yin and Yang are symbolised by the Tai Ji diagram showing two opposing but balanced states, interdependent, constantly merging and separating, becoming and dispersing, changing and transforming endlessly seeking balance, harmony and unity.
Every movement expresses Yin and Yang. … Read More »
I’m always reminded when teaching Taiji that people often embark on learning Taiji with one of three outcome in mind. I refer to these as achievements. The first is Taiji for its health benefits. This is by far the most popular reason for seeking out a class. The second is Taiji as a traditional martial art which has had a well deserved resurgence in the last decade but still is not an achievement that many people aim towards when they start a Taiji class. Third, and less mainstream than the previous two is Taiji as embodied philosophy and spirituality. That it is possible to achieve all three of these outcomes from one ‘art’ is remarkable. Achieving any one of them however is a long journey and if you take the three achievements in the order I have written them you … Read More »