Enlightened2B wrote:beginnersmind wrote:Enlightened2B wrote:Question for Eric and Onceler, can you guys tell me what the difference between Qigong and tai chi is and how it differs from yoga as well? And which practice you would recommend?
That's kind of a complicated in answering this. Some say that Qigong is where Tai Chi is derived from, but this would most likely pertain to Taoist Qigong. There is also Buddhist Qigong as well. The movements of Qigong IMO are simpler than Tai Chi and Tai Chi is also an actual martial art, while Qigong is often used in healing (although Tai Chi can do the same).
I am not that experienced with Tai Chi, but I do know that in Qigong there are movements, breathwork (dan tien), standing meditations, and physical knocking along the body with either the fist or side of the hand along with pressure points along the meridians. Tai Chi and Qigong are also more with Eastern Asia.
Yoga is from India (western Asia) and differs in Qigong as it has asanas or certain postures. While there are standing Qigong styles such as Zhan Zhuang, Qigong is usually a flow of movements that flow with the breath. Yoga also flows in certain ways, but also tends to hold postures while breathing through the posture. Of course there is meditation along with pranayama breathing. Prana and Chi are usually condsidered the same thing.
But that is also an over generalization as there are many many styles and techniques of Qigong, Tai Chi, and Yoga. Which one to recommend? I can't really recommend one in particular. I think Qigong is easier to learn than Tai Chi, and I also incorporate some Yoga postures into my practice. I think it is a personal preference.
I've taken classes for Qigong, but have not for Yoga or Tai Chi. A really good beginners video for Yoga IMO is Yoga Zone's "Yoga for Beginners". There is a good video on Youtube for Qigong called, "The Ten Symbols of Longetivity", but there really is no substitute for an actual teacher on learning how to due the movements or postures properly while breathing properly to get the maximum benefit.
This is fantastic Eric.
Thanks for the info.
I actually do hatha yoga already, although have been laxing a bit lately and have been considering a different practice for the most possible benefit and have seen a few people on this board recommend Qigong, so I was curious about it. The place I do yoga also offers Tai Chi and possibly Qigong.
I'm going to continue the yoga path for now and possibly look into Qigong in the near future. Thanks again
Wow, I can't believe I spelled "do" wrong, or used the incorrect spelling, LOL. I think Laxing can be a trap for any of us, especially when the benefits of the practice start to become normal, because then it can seem as if the practice is not really giving us what we want, because the benefits feel so "normal". That's great that you practice Hatha Yoga. I have tried it with a video DVD. Have you heard of Max Strom? He is a Hatha Yoga instructor and author. He has a really good book that I highly recommend called, "A Life Worth Breathing". He also has a breathing DVD that I use. I suppose whatever practice we choose, the key is sticking with it. I find myself laxing sometimes also.