I am constantly asked by people, “What is Qigong?”. I often start by asking if they have ever heard of Taiji (Tai Chi). If they have then I can use their level of understanding of Tai Chi to explain about Qigong. In the video above I’ll be answering the question, “What are the differences between Qigong and Tai Chi?”.
Janice Tucker is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Medical Qigong, and the founder of the Space To Relax online programme of Qigong video lessons.
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The 7 Main Differences Between Qigong and Tai Chi
1. Tai Chi is a form of Qigong
Qigong is the basis of Tai Chi. The focus of your breath and mind is cultivated in Qigong practice and is the underlying foundation of Tai Chi.
2. Tai Chi is a martial art and Qigong is used for wellness and healing
Qigong utilises specific exercises for healing. Tai Chi does not do this, even though many people practice Tai Chi for healing and wellbeing purposes. Qigong does not involve any attack/defence or fighting movements as Tai Chi does although Qigong techniques can help you to improve your power and self defence techniques if you are practising Tai Chi or Kung Fu.
3. Tai Chi and Qigong make use of different movements
Qigong includes movements which you can performed from a sitting or lying down position whereas Tai Chi generally uses standing movements. Both focus on slow movements in general, although not always.
4. Tai Chi and Qigong may work with Qi differently
Often, in Qigong, separate movements focus on specific Qi functions, especially in medical Qigong. In Tai Chi the movements tend not to do this and work more on whole body function and movement of Qi.
5. The complexity of movement in Tai Chi and Qigong is different
Qigong uses very simple movements whereas Tai Chi uses more complex stances, movements and forms.
6. Tai Chi utilises forms whereas Qigong does not
Qigong does not make use of the forms used in Tai Chi but instead is based on a series of exercises that you can tailor to your individual health needs at any particular time.
7. Qigong is more adaptive than Tai Chi
Some Tai Chi movements and stances can be difficult to perform for anyone with any physical restriction or injury. Because Qigong is more of a free form practice then the you can adapt the simple movements of Qigong to your own needs and abilities.
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