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Tai Chi & Qigong for Health

What is Qigong?

Qigong (pronounced chee - gung) can be translated to mean “energy work” or “energy cultivation”.

Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that encorporates physical movement, breathing techniuqes and mental focus. Everyone can do Qigong, regardless of level of stregth or fitness. Qigong can easily be done standing, sitting, with use of cane, walker, wheelchair or other movement assitance device. It can also be done in bed. However, super athletes practice and achieve many benefits from Qigong! All are welcome at Silver Lotus Training Institute.

There are three classifications of Qigong. These classifications are martial ( such as tai chi or kung fu), medical (drawn from traditional Chinese Medicine) and spiritual (drawn from ancient non-religious practices of Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism)

Qigong practices vary widely from soft and gently flowing movements to rigorous agile movements. At Silver Lotus we offer many styles of the soft or “internal” forms. These slow gentle and rythmic movements of Qigong forms reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality and enhance the immune system function. It has also been found (in evidence-based research studies) to improve respiratory, circulatory, digestive, lymphatic and cardiovascular function. Some of the qigong forms are designed to increase qi, while others store it, still others circulte it. Qigong is used to cleanse and heal the body. There are also qigong practices that are used to emit chi to help others in their healing process.

The National Qigong Association indicates….

Qigong is a gentle way to improve and maintain health, calm the mind, connect with internal feelings of peace and well-being. It is not only easy; but it is fun.

All classes through Silver Lotus are full of encouragement, positive energy humor! We welcome you to try a class and see for your Self…..

What is Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan?

Tai Chi is pronounced “tie - chee” Tai Chi Chuan can be translated to mean “supreme ultimate fist”. It is sometimes referred to as “shadow boxing”. it is also sometimes referred to as “moving meditation.”

While Tai is included in the martial classification of Qigong, at Silver Lotus, we practice Tai Chi for Health. We do not teach martial arts. Nor do we teach Tai Chi as a form of Self-defense. Our Tai Chi forms are specifically chosen or created for their health benefits. They are low-impact forms that are slow and gentle on the joints.

Since its widespread popularization during the early part of the 20th century, Tai Chi has developed a world-wide following of people who have little or no interest in martial arts; but instead are interested in the myriad of benefits of practicing this graceful, soft and gentle practice. At Silver Lotus, we practice Tai Chi in a noncompetitive and individualized way. We put safety, comfort and enjoyment first.

Tai Chi is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control for its benefits for people with Arthritis and for reducing falls in the elderly population. Harvard Medical School has published a whole book dedicated to the many health benefits of Tai Chi. The Mayo Clinic advises on the health benefits of Tai Chi.