Makani’s Qigong/Tai Chi classes held Friday 6:30-7:15am and Sunday 9-10am are cancelled for the rest of the Summer. The classes will resume on Friday September 11th and Sunday September 13th!
What is Tai Chi? Qigong? Mind-body practices that originated in ancient China. Practiced widely in China for thousands of years, both have become popular in the West. People of almost any age or condition can participate in them. Many people who practice tai chi and qigong report heightened feelings of well-being along with a variety of other health benefits.
- Tai Chi: A type of low-impact, weight-bearing, and aerobic, yet relaxing exercise that began as a martial art. As it developed, it took on the purpose of enhancing physical and mental health.
- Slow gentle movements, deep breathing and meditation sometimes called “moving meditation”
- Health benefits include: improved strength and better balance, reduced pain and stiffness, enhanced sleep, increased immunity to shingles.
- Qigong: Practice that involves a series of postures and exercises including slow, circular movements, regulated breathing, focused meditation, and self-massage.
- One unique feature of Qigong is its ability to train the mind to direct the body’s energy, or chi, to any part of the body.
- Health benefits include: increased stamina and vitality, reduced stress, enhanced immune system, improved cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions as well as decreased risk of falling.
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