Tai chi and qigong both originate from China and work with energy. Both are practiced slowly. They have different movements, but tai chi movements can be practised individually as a qigong exercise. Qigong goes back thousands of years and is a health enhancing practice. Tai chi evolved much later and is, at it’s origing, a martial arts but is practised mostly for it’s health benefits.
Tai Chi: promotes health, relaxation, vitality and well-being. Tai chi is generally more complex than qigong and involves a series of moves known as forms. Tai chi forms can take months to learn and a lifetime to master. All tai chi teachers focus on the health aspect of tai chi and only a few on the martial art aspect.
Qigong: (also spelt qi gong/chi kung/chi gung, and also described as Chinese yoga): Qigong is less demanding and easier to learn than tai chi or yoga. It is often the practice of one single move with focus on the breath, repeated several times before moving on to the next move. Qigong is adaptable and suffers of injuries or disabilities can adapt the moves to suit their needs and even practice sitting down on a chair if necessary. The gentle exercises help loosen the joints and relax the body. The slow pace means that they are also subtle and co-ordinated with breathing but also help expand the mind and focus the body’s energy. This, in turn, helps to promote inner calm, balance, vitality and co-ordination.
Bao’s Lung Fei Tai Chi – Zabeth Reid
Zabeth is the head-coach of Bao’s Lung Fei Tai Chi. Bao’s Lung Fei Tai Chi runs weekly Yang (Bejing) style tai chi & qigong classes for health and vitality in various venues in Dorset & Somerset, including: Beaminster, Crewkerne, Chard, Ilchester, Langport, Sherborne, Trull, Wellington & Yeovil.
What will happen in a class?
New beginners are always welcomed to join. We are a keen and friendly group; some students have been coming for many years because they have discovered that qigong and tai chi makes them “feel great”.
What can the class help?
Attending a Tai Chi class can help:
- Chronic pain
- Lower back pain
- Circulation problems
- Stiff joints
- Blood pressure
- Lower back pain
“I have been learning Qigong with Zabeth for nearly two years now. She is a wonderful, gentle teacher, she talks you through the exercises and shows every move in detail. She also explains how the energy travels through the body as you do the movements. This makes the class really interesting. Zabeth is also passionate about what she teaches which adds to the lovely atmosphere in the class”.
from Suzy – Qigong sessions
“I would highly recommend attending Zabeth’s Tai Chi classes as she is an amazing, humble teacher with many years experience.
I look forward to and thoroughly enjoy her lessons and only wish I had found her earlier.”
from Lynne – Qigong & Tai Chi sessions
“I have only recently joined Zabeth’s weekly Qigong class, it is very enjoyable and Zabeth is always helpful in explaining the exercises if anyone has any difficulty in understanding them.
I look forward to my class every week and feel it is making me more supple and relaxed. It is a fun way to exercise”.
from Jane – Qigong sessions