Qi in Chinese is 气 (chi). The basic meaning of Qi is air. The extended meaning of Qi in practicing QiGong (breathing exercise) is energy or life force.
The ancient people believed that we all have original Qi stored at DanTian area (lower abdomen) at birth. When we grow up to 25 or so, the natural Qi comes to it’s peak and starts to decline. By practicing QiGong we are able to halt or slowdown this aging process.
There are thousands of QiGong styles in China. Not all are safe to practice. Most need close guidance when practicing. Tai Chi QiGong is one of the few styles that are safe to practice following the basic instructions.
QiGong practice is an important part of all my Tai Chi classes. Or we can say, without QiGong, Tai Chi is not really Tai Chi. QiGong is the core of this internal exercise.
I suggest practicing QiGong 3 times a day—in the morning, in the evening, and during the day, 20 minutes each time. It’s not a day’s work. It takes years of practice to regain this life energy.
Come to Nan’s classes for personal instructions.