Yoga & Tai Chi Qigong
Yoga is an ancient physical and spiritual discipline and branch of philosophy that originated in India reportedly more than 5,000 years ago. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means to yoke, join, or unite. The Iyengar school of yoga defines yuj as the “joining or integrating of all aspects of the individual—body with mind and mind with soul—to achieve a happy, balanced and useful life.” The ultimate aim of yoga, they claim, is to reach kaivalya (emancipation or ultimate freedom).
Hindu monks, brought yoga to the West in the late 19th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a physical system of health exercises across the Western world. Many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary intervention for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma and heart patients. In a national survey, long-term yoga practitioners in the United States reported muscular–skeletal and mental health improvements
Tai Chi Qigong (Art of Inner Efficiency) is recognized as one of the five classical arts within the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a system of Body / Mind Gymnastics performed in slow, fluid movements; supported with “rhythm of natural breathing” and “calm concentration of mind”.
Designed to cultivate and facilitate the free-flow circulation of one’s “life force” (Chi)throughout the body, Tai Chi Qigong naturally exercises all organs, muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments, adds resilience to and rejuvenates bone and bone marrow,without stress, tension or strain.
With a cultural history of more than 5,000 years, Tai Chi Qigong is the synthesis of meditation, movement and restorative breathing. It is a Mindfulness practice to Awaken the Body, Calm the Mind and Enliven the Spirit.
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