Empower yourself using tai chi and qigong

Science doesn’t know everything. But it is beginning to understand what ancient Chinese wisdom has understood a very long time. Tai chi and qigong are powerful. No matter who you are, they can empower you. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, healthy or frail. They can make a vast and surprising difference in your life.  

Too few people in our area understand this.  In my personal experience, there’s a big difference between a) the number of people practising tai chi and qigong, then b) the number of people who would benefit.  

Why? Is it because you don’t want a calm mind and boundless energy? Is it because you’re not interested in improved health and longevity? No, of course not. Understanding and accessibility to the right classes are essential.

These are a couple of reasons why I launched Tai Chi Globe. I make it easy to discover the benefits tai chi and qigong for you.

Why Tai Chi and Qigong?

What kind of benefits are there? Too many to mention here. Here are a few general ones to give you an idea:

  • Increased strength, both in the lower and upper body, including core muscles of the back and abdomen
  • More flexibility
  • Improved balance and reduced falls
  • Cope with the modern-day life! Robust development of concentration and relaxation
  • Psychological benefits, like better overall moodreduced anxiety and depression
  • A perfect form of exercise for the rest of your life
  • Does not require special equipment or much space to practice in
  • It’s a great way to meet friendly people
  • It’s fun!

Are you looking for a natural and proven approach to specific health conditions? Again, tai chi and qigong help in a wide variety of ways. Here are a few:

  • Reduced pain from Arthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Eased fibromyalgia pain
  • Reduced risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Improved quality of life, mood and efficacy in people with chronic heart failureheart diseasecancermesothelioma and other chronic illnesses.
  • Reduction in depression symptoms
  • Improved blood glucose levels. Enhanced control of type 2 diabetes and immune system response.

The list above is a thin slice of the benefits. With a growing body of evidence behind them.

What are Tai Chi and Qigong?

No brief explanation will do justice to the beauty and depth of these ancient arts.  In the coming months, I will explore them more deeply with my readers and students through various channels; articles, public speaking, private workshops, demonstrations and workshops.  For the benefit of this article, though, let’s make a start.

Tai Chi in Brief

Tai chi began in China as a martial art several hundred years ago.  Sometimes it’s been referred to as “moving meditation”.  Even a “moving medication”!  

Watching tai chi, it appears as slow, graceful and continuous movements.  Many may be surprised, therefore, how powerful it is as martial art!  It also became clear they became healthier.  Now, tai chi is often practised for their health benefits; although some still use it as a martial art.  While movements have a martial application behind them, some traditional forms have been adapted to work correctly to improve health.

In China alone, millions of people practise tai chi, with millions more worldwide.  Fortunately, this has lead to an increased scientific study to understanding its wide-ranging benefits.  It’s little wonder the NHS is beginning to pay closer attention to how it can benefit us in Britain. 

Qigong In Brief

Qigong is the “grammar” of tai chi but has been around much longer.  As with tai chi, there are many types of qigong used for different purposes.  Qigong means “energy cultivation.”  Everything is energy, including our body.  Qigong helps you to move energy within our your body and even increase it.  How is that useful?  The benefits listed above gives you a taste of the answer.  Low or reduced movement of “qi” (energy) within us leads to illness.  Qigong practitioners have understood this for thousands of years.  And through the study of nature, they discovered how to cultivate qi effectively.

Tai Chi Globe Works Hard To Deliver Tai Chi and Qigong Benefits To You

The list of benefits alone may explain why I’m passionate about sharing tai chi and qigong with you.  

I have practised these arts for over four years.  I care about sharing the benefits of tai chi and qigong with you.  I commit to this to the very best of my ability.  It’s why this year, I worked hard to become qualified as a British Health Qigong Instructor and a Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Instructor.  These are part of an ongoing commitment to my students to provide correct and well-researched instruction.  I add these to my years of practice with my friend, mentor and instructor, Sifu Keith Fensom; who has taught me a range of forms and continues to do so.

Perfect for All Ages and Abilities

There is no hurry in tai chi.  Every class, I teach something new, then break it down into small parts to make it easier to understand.  I plan each class carefully.  However, I listen to the needs and goals of my students.  Plans are adapted if need be.  You’ll not be picked out from the group or asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable.  Everything is done entirely within your comfort range.  We say if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it!  

I teach Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention Programs. By practising the Program regularly, many have found significant pain relief and an improved sense of wellbeing within a short time. Reports of benefits include:

  • pain relief and less stiffness
  • improved balance and fewer falls
  • the uplifting of the spirit and greater relaxation
  • improved ability to do daily tasks
  • improved muscle strength and joint flexibility
  • enjoyment of tai chi practice.

I also teach Health Qigong and the 12-step Daoyin Health Preservation Exercises. The steps apply principles of health preservation in line with mental cultivation. Each step has its list of psychological and physical benefits.

These are on the “main menu.” but are by no means an exhaustive list of what’s already on offer to learn.  I intend to be adding more to the syllabus on an ongoing basis.

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Removing our FINANCIAL blinkers

Money worries play a significant part in the challenges many face today. Even for people usually “on top of their finances”, are now confronted with unprecedented uncertainty. So if you’re struggling with money right now, be certain you’re not alone.

How certain is your uncertainty though?

How much income do you have? What are your total outgoings? If you have to make cut-backs, where can they be made? What are your financial priorities?

It can help to understand the answers to these questions. Having them gives us a greater sense of control.

The good news is, now it is easy to monitor our finances. You don’t need to be a wizard with a spreadsheet, or use a complicated accounting system.

My personal favourite is a website called MoneyDashboard.com. It’s free and easy to use. You connect it to your bank account(s) and there you can:

  • Track your bills
  • Monitor your spending
  • Forecast your balance(s)

There are two versions of Money Dashboard for you to choose from; Neon and Classic.

Neon is the newest addition, with a really easy interface and new features being added all the time. For me, I find the absence of a “Planner” feature limiting. It’s not so easy to forecast your bank balance. New features are being added all the time but for me it’s not ready for “Power users” yet. But if you’re using an app to manage your finances for the first time, it’s probably a place to go.

Classic, as the name suggestions, is the original Money Dashboard. I still use this because it has a comprehensive set of tools.

Note that both versions, although available through the same website, use different login details.

As MoneyDashboard is stored in the cloud, you can also access it via your iPhone or Android app seemlessly.

What I love is the low maintenance nature of this approach. No time stealing reconciliations to do. Just log in routinely to make sure your “Planner” is up-to-date and transactions are tagged appropriately.

I’ve tried many alternative financial apps but usually find myself coming back to this one.

What tools do you prefer to use to manage your finances? Let me know in the comments below!