These styles utilise breathing, posture and controlled, slow movement to build internal and external strength. They are suitable for those who prefer the spiritual aspects or, through age or injury, cannot practise more aggressive forms.
'The supreme challenge'. The underlying principle is that the mind, body and soul must be uniﬁed for wholeness and complete health. Students learn how to channel potentially destructive energy (in the form of a kick or a punch) away from themselves and in a direction where it is no longer a danger.
Practised alone and in groups, the concepts of T'ai Chi include continuous movement, relaxation, solid stances a straight body and the movement of chi from inside to outside the body. The pace is slow, graceful and seemingly effortless, but strength and ﬂexibility are improved greatly.
Chi kung (qigong)
Combining meditation with exercise, Chi Kung is based on correcting the ﬂow of energy that runs through your body. There are many variations, but most tend to involve breathing techniques, moving exercises, still postures and mental training. Chi Kung is good for correcting posture and improving balance - it may also be practised on a daily basis.
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