Qi Gong vs Tai Chi

Qi Gong and Tai Chi are strongly related:

The acknowledged health benefits of practicing Qi Gong and Tai Chi include:


Stepping in Qi Gong and Tai Chi

Qi Gong

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Stepping in Qi Gong

Because Qi Gong is and excercise, stepping is mainly done to the diagonal to achieve a "Bow Stance". The body weight is shifted to the right, the left foot is "released", and a step is taken out at 45degrees.

This is the ideal position for stability and the ability to transfer the body weight forward and backward.


Tai Chi

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Stepping in Tai Chi

Because Tai Chi is "form", a set of movements based on martial arts, the application is quite different. Sometimes a diagonal step is performed, and in this case it is the same as in Qi Gong.

However, often steps can be to one side or the other or you may the travel to the side for some steps. Again the body weight is shifted to the right, the left foot is "released", however the left foot is taken forward AND to the left so the the feet are initially at 90degrees. As the body settles into the position the right foot is rotated 45degrees to the left to again achieve the "Bow Stance".

Qi Gong Practice

Qigong classes involve the repetition of gentle exercises 4 to 6 times with the emphases on breathing, stretching and relaxation.

Click on the image to see an example video of the Shi Ba Shi (18 movements) Qi Gong on Youtube.

Tai Chi Practice

Tai Chi classes commence with a Qi Gong warmup followed by a Tai Chi routine which comprise a fixed set of movements which are based on martial arts but are practiced much more slowly.

Click on the image to see an example video of the Yang style 8 Form on Youtube.



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