Tai Ji Quan is an ancient Chinese martial art which evolved to promote good health and internal strength rather than as a fighting form. Inspired by animal movements, these mindful movements improve flexibility, strength, coordination and balance. The body and mind begin to relax, releasing tension to improve vitality and well-being. There are many different forms of Tai Ji Quan, Clare teaches Yang 88 Style and Lee Style Tai Ji Quan.
Qigong means ‘Life energy cultivation’, working with the life energy, the Qi, coordinating body posture, breathing and meditation. There are numerous forms which may be moving, standing or sitting.
Tai Ji and Qigong are aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine which support and promote the smooth flow of Qi (‘vital energy’ or ‘life force’) in the body bringing health benefits to both body and mind.
Tai Ji Quan and Qigong are both now recognised as being beneficial for health and well being by western doctors and is recommended as a gentle way to help ourselves as we get older. A very brief description is now even available on the NHS website.
With time and practise both Tai Ji Quan and Qigong will:
build internal strength
increase the sense of well-being
and support your general health