There is a reason attending a class of T’ai chi is called practicing…
for the more you practice T’ai chi the more serenity you may gain from it. The more repetition of the t’ai chi practice itself the more familiar you will get with the routine and the more comfortable you feel with tai chi, the more you may enjoy it and the more you may want to keep practicing it.
The practice itself needs one to be mindful. To be in the moment helps the practice itself and your full immersion into it is needed for it is a quiet meditative practice where you may find peace and grace.
T’ai chi can be such a lovely slow dance, involving both your body and mind at all times it takes you away from the outside world for a while and can expand your mind and connect you to the group dynamic, expanding your soul connection with the universal chi.
It has also been proven to lower blood pressure, lower stress, help with arthritis, strengthen and lengthen muscles, helps with tendon and ligament looseness, improves mood and balance and many more positive health benefits.
(c) Evelyn Garone 5.24.13
the two are commonly distinguished as separate but closely related practices, with qigong playing an important role in training for t’ai chi ch’uan, and with many ta’i chi ch’uan movements performed as part of qigong practice. The focus of qigong is typically more on healing or meditation than martial applications.
Thank you for commenting….good information to know.