Learning to live in harmony with nature, warding off the harmful effects of stress, both natural and inflicted, has always been a challenge. Chi Kung and T’ai Chi Ch’uan are two Chinese systems of complementary health practices that help to promote good health and prevent some of the adverse affects of stress.
What is T’ai Chi Ch’uan?
T’ai Chi Ch’uan (often described as a “Meditation in Motion”) is an Internal style of Martial Arts. The unique slow, continuous, and graceful movements of T’ai Chi Ch’uan Form aid in the relaxation and the integration of the mind, body, and vital spirit. T’ai Chi Ch’uan also enhances the balance, coordination, physical prowess, and general sense of well-being.
What is Chi Kung?
Directly translated, Chi Kung means “Energy Work.” There are four major schools of Chi Kung, Buddhist (meditation), Taoist (using imagery, breath and movement), medical (Traditional Chinese medical practices like acupuncture and acupressure, herbs, nutrition, etc.) and martial (exercises that bring the body to its highest potential). As an exercise, Chi Kung can be depicted as a type of Chinese Yoga. In some cases you may find forms like the Wild Goose Form that bring all of the four characteristics of Chi Kung together.
What is Wild Goose Chi Kung?
Wild Goose Chi Kung Form can be traced back to the Jin Dynasty, about 1,000 years ago. This graceful form (64 movements), gently stretches and opens the body as it simultaneously effects the body’s principal channels and meridians, using imagery, breath, and movement.
It takes two semesters to learn and can be subsequently repeated for clarity and deepening of the principle techniques.