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November 8, Retrieved January 6, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Archived from the original on 15 November Retrieved 17 March Daly Therapeutic Recreation Leadership and Programming. A tai chi session focuses on relaxed movements. The postures are constantly evolving, and there are no pauses as the body moves from one posture to the next. On the other hand, yoga focuses on stillness. Each posture is held for several seconds or minutes depending on which style you practice, allowing the body to fill with positive energy between movements.
Both tai chi and yoga use controlled breathing and meditation to enhance the practice. Tai chi and yoga have both been credited as effective treatments for relieving pain associated with certain medical conditions. For example, a study from Harvard Health Publishing claims that tai chi can benefit or improve symptoms of arthritis, high blood pressure and Parkinson's disease.
Another article from Harvard Health Publishing claims that a regular yoga practice can reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, relieve physical pain across the body and alleviate the symptoms of depression. When done regularly, both practices can improve the quality of life among patients with cancer and heart disease. Read more: 13 Reasons to Start Practicing Yoga. It is difficult to compare the stress-relieving benefits of tai chi and yoga. Both methods use a mind-body approach to help calm the entire being, rather than just the physical body.
Sifu, to substantiate what you said, here in Vancouver, many malls open their doors 6 am — 9 am? In the mall closest to where I live, it is jam packed every weekend morning. One has to walk carefully in order to not to bump into exercisers. Please contact me at [email address deleted for safety] I am convinced from effects and benefitis from qui gong, I do have trouble in walking like a ordinary person and speaking , writing is also distubed , Sir kindly let me know that what I have to do to get healed from these deciciencies caused due to Multiple Sclerosis , though progression of the disease has already been stopped Thanks to qui gong moring 7 mintue exercise by Lee Holden and Diet therapy of Natural life style.
Hi Rajinder. I deleted your email address for safety. My students with MS have also seen good results. Both have much to offer. Yoga has in a sense been a victim of its own success. It has brilliant teachers, and also some who should not be teaching. Yoga is a very diverse modality, and accessible to all, including the old and the ill. Therapeutic yoga, in the right hands, is very effective. In its authentic form yoga is highly spiritual, and postures are but a small aspect of the total picture, which includes breathing, meditation and behavioral codes.
Some teachers mix yoga and qi gong principles for a more fluid, energy based practice which also retains the benefits of the classical postures and movements. To me, this is the most exciting prospect — the best of both worlds. The best fruits of two great civilizations, Indian and Chinese.
If so, can you please show me where this message appears in the article? I would like to edit it to be clearer. People can, and do, practice both arts, including my wife. As for fusion between the arts, my only concern is that the artists doing the fusion are well trained in both arts. For example, I have only dabbled in yoga, and would never presume to start fusing it with qigong. Yes Sifu, in response to your question the article to me appears to be saying here are 16 reasons why qi gong is better than yoga presumably it will be more popular in 16 years because it is more effective?
Which to me reinforced the idea of comparing the two and concluding that one was overall superior. On the other hand, it is possible to incorporate some of the basic practices of qi gong into a yoga routine, not quite fusion but a more focussed use of fluid movement and breathing. The article does, however, argue that qigong is better than yoga for SOME people. And vice versa. I just want them to get remarkable results. Why not just practice qigong in the morning and yoga in the evening? You should never combine different types of yoga, let alone different arts.
This at best produces nonsense, at worst damages the practitioner. When students are doing yoga, they should do yoga. When they are doing quigong, they should do quigong. The idea that each type of yoga however defined is completely separate is just wrong. It is more accurate to say there is one yoga with a variety of different styles and emphases to suit the particular needs of the practitioner. Many of the best teachers draw from and synthesise different styles. It is surprising that you would dismiss their work as nonsense.
The idea that there cannot be cross fertilisation between yoga and qi gong also seems rigidly dogmatic. By way of example, qi yoga is not fusion, but has developed organically in Japan utilising principles of both. I have only been practising Qigong for some 4 years now and my entire being and sensing has changed dramatically. From a deep, profound inner feeling I think Qigong could be beneficial even to those who cannot understand nor deeply connect to their inner core. And my standard reply is: do you know about yoga or Tai chi? Well something like that. I thoroughly agree; Qigong will change the course of this world, all in time.
Do you mean a developmental or intellectual disability? Generally speaking, I think what matters most is that the teacher is well trained. A well-trained teacher can handle a wide variety of different situations. Hello Marcel, I am not sure what you mean by mentally disabled. If that means mental retardation or mental illness? In either case, I can tell you that as a psychologist in a 16 bed unit for the severely mentally ill which also included a few people who also had mental retardation, we taught them qigong 7 days a week and many of them did the forms quite well and gave positive feedback.
Early research using Spring Forest Qigong with people with mental illness showed that it decreased their symptoms of depression and anxiety beyond what the researchers were hoping for.
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I used to use their progress in qigong as one of the measures for readiness for their discharge back into the community since the before and after behaviors in the qigong group were often amazing to witness. Dear Sifu, thanks for your reply. What I actually meant was that my clients are born with these disabilities and their grades of disorders vary strongly.
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Do you have any insight on that? Hi Marcel. Basically, this is an inherited form of energy. Qigong will be a great help, and so will acupuncture and herbal medicine. But you must understand that issues like this are deep, and are thus more challenging to overcome. Sifu, I am aware that the relaxation you teach is similar to the draining technique I first learned. Qigong is already undergoing the same fate as Yoga and is being taught for amusement and profit or in a useless manner at many drop in centers at hospitals.
Seriously ill people are not told that they must practice for hours daily. I agree that qigong has some challenges ahead of it. In my opinion, practicing hours per day is not always necessary, nor is it even advisable. I see far better results when students focus on quality rather than quantity. Rather than practice qigong for hours, I encourage extremely sick patients to practice 3x per day for about minutes per session — and to keep the quality HIGH.
On top of that, they should be getting acupuncture, taking Chinese herbs, or getting other forms of complementary care. I can recommend it to everybody. However when somebody promisses quick results without defining them you should be warned… Also qigong requires persistance and practice to become proficient! When using it for specific health issues, find a certified teacher with knowledge on TCM, otherwise there is a chance to do more damage then healing. Best way killing a fine art is hyping it.
Did you read my original article here? Or are you commenting on the stolen and bastardized version on the other website? I am a lifetime practitioner and instructor of both. I understand what you intend to mean but I am not sure if this is a suitable saying. Tai Chi is very high grade and refined Qigong format. If you master Tai Chi you already master the top level Qigong. It wouldnt be called Tai Chi otherwise.
They know a bunch of tai chi forms, and little else. Unfortunately, I think this is the norm, at least in America. Can taijiquan be used to cultivate qi? Of course. Also, there are some semantics issues here.
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I would call that qigong, especially since similar postures are found in several other martial arts. Thanks for sharing your Qigong knowledge. Con mucho gusto, Atenea. I teach in Mexico periodically, and I also have a certified instructor in the Toronto area. En verdad? Si claro! Sifu, I agree with your argument for the most part I think that qi gong especially still has not reached its peak popularity but if I were to argue against your theory I would say that qi gong will not be as big or bigger than yoga EVER, and for only one reason: Yoga pants.
Hahaha… I have to agree on the pants part. Qi gong needs to retrend the flared sleeve shirt perhaps? But yoga teachers litter the countryside. Pilates is also popular here. I have studied a little bit of TCM , and Traditional Thai massage , lived in Sichuan and been a massage therapist, so when I found a good Qi gong teacher it came very naturally. I love anything that bridges the East-West attitudes to life. One of the things which people in the West seem to love about yoga is the idea that they have a guru for a teacher but they can overlook their lack of experience or training so long as they talk like a guru of yoga.
Qi gong, conversely seems to attract all sorts of ages and personality styles as teachers, who have that commonality of student-teacher -student respectful relationship. Thanks for the great read, it is obvious that you really do care in your practice and take huge responsibility as a teacher. The ability to respond, compassionately and wisely takes dedication.
Thank you for investing your life in something that benefits so many…and I may invest in your course down the track. I hope that Qigong does become popular, as so many of us can benefit from it physically, emotionally and spiritually. I have practised Iyengar yoga — really enjoyed it, and Kundalini yoga which aggravated an upper arm problem.
I was looking for something but not a sport and definitely not the gym! Then I was guided to Qigong and I LOVE it and this Flowing Zen is just brilliant so much info and interesting articles, so thank you Anthony and everyone who is on here for their input. My husband is a counsellor and asked me whether Qigong could help one of his clients who has severe depression and I think he has found it beneficial and is actually going on a retreat.
Sifu Antony, I find the article very interesting but also a little bit misleading without intention of course. I think it would be appropriate to compare Hatha Yoga with Tai Chi, as they both work a lot with the physical body. Many people assume Yoga this way and for this reasons it looks in many cases more like a type of gymnastics and sometimes circus than the self-realisation tool designed by mystics of the past.
You quote the story about Bodhidharma founding Qigong to the benefit of Shaolin monks but…where did Bodhidharma come from? I do not know if Bodhidharma really founded Qigong, probably the system is much older than that, but it is certain that China has received along the millennia strong spiritual influence from India I hardly see China immune to yoga influence.
And of course China had its own contributions, we can say its own genius. In Qigong there are practices very similar if not identical to Krya Yoga: moving the energy along the spine is a fundamental element of both. Then of course there are differences too but rather it would be interesting to know why and how the effects differ. Also between various Qigong schools there are different approaches on some matters. Personally I wish Qigong became more and more popular, but not because it it presumably better than Yoga, but because is it a fantastic, deep, complex spiritual system with immediate application.
I also wish that people understood Yoga as it is: a tool for self-transformation in which Hatha Yoga is just the basic thing. At least Qigong has this advantage: nobody mistakes it for some body postures. All the best. Hi Adrian. Thanks for the comment.
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I have tremendous respect for the Indian traditions. As you mentioned, India gave us Bodhidharma and the Buddha! There is nothing in this article that says that Qigong is better than Yoga. It might be better for some people, but this is not a battle of classical arts. People mistake qigong for body postures all the time. This is one of the reasons why I wrote this article.
One of them was also why yoga is so big and tai chi and qigong are not. But qigong is more than just physical movement. I think qigong is wonderful and in some ways better than yoga. That said, it will never be as popular as yoga. Western yoga has become associated with sensuality. I fully believe people love exuding the sexual energy that they relate to yoga. You may be right. Time will tell. Great website! I have just found it and I am looking forward to exploring it.
So many interesting articles. Question please: which yoga s then is the genuine one s? Some people mentioned Iyengar, Krya and Kundalini. Are they the authentic ones? Anything else? Thank you in advance to everyone who responds! You state somewhere that you can practice Pushing Mountains even with one arm or in a wheelchair. Q2: how unimportant is the form anyway? Could I do Qi Gung sitting in a wheelchair without any arm at all just practicing the breath? Hi Timo. Sorry to hear about the problems with your arm. But yes, you can absolutely practice with just one arm!
With qigong, the important stuff happens on the inside. Cool piece Sifu, thanks! Which is obviously completely not what yoga is about. Just the other day I decided to look into and practice qui gong, because I had this intuition that it would help me with energy regulation.
I despair sometimes about the westernization of yoga beer yoga? Oh come on!!
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In that case, all practices — be it yoga or living — will be greatly benefited. Hi Alex. As for beer yoga — I think the same thing is inevitable in the qigong world. Beer yoga might be an entrance for someone who will later go deeper. So there is actually more room than ever for teachers who want to help students go deeper. Dear Sifu Anthony, I really enjoyed your article.
I have been teaching Qigong in the Midwest for the past 3 years to senior citizens. As a personal trainer, I have never found anything that can compare to the practice of Qigong to restore someone to their more youthful self. Recently I started teaching Qigong at a facility where Yoga is the most popular practice. I am so pleased that in just six weeks, I am teaching to a packed house.
This year, I will turn I tried Yoga years ago and did not enjoy it. I was not flexible at all. However, I tried it again a few months ago and with all of my years of practicing Qigong found it very easy. I agree with your article. I am just sitting back and watching how the practice of Qigong is going to sweep the nation. I am now teaching Qigong in 4 locations and wish I could clone myself that is how popular it has become because people are reaping the health benefits. Good for you, Nancy! Keep up the good work. Sifu Anthony, I absolutely love qigong and the many benefits it gives.
I keep trying to get friends and family interested, to no avail though. My dad is the most stubborn and unintentionally offensive. But he insists that his feelings towards it is the norm for Americans 55 and above. Your dad might be right about Americans in general, but the tide is changing.
People are opening up to Eastern arts like qigong, yoga, and meditation. A revolution is coming! You have my respect. That way those issues can be addressed. Oh well, good news is that the tides are indeed changing. Dear sir, It is no doubt qigong is profound and worthy of large scale acceptance but the problem is it relies very much on having a good awareness of body. Most people do not like waving around their arms and legs and look like idiots. I learned qigong the other way around, it happened to me and kept on repeating it over and over without knowing what I was doing, it just felt pleasant and found massive changes in my body.