Present Movement classes contain a combination of both Tai chi and Qigong.
Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi and Qigong are some of the most effective mind-body exercises.
The essential principles include mindfulness; control of movements, breathing and bringing your attention to the present moment.
We have all heard about the importance of meditation, but these days given our addictions to smartphones, technology and social media, a lot of people find it difficult to sit for any length of time.
What makes Tai Chi and Qigong unique is that it still brings about the same benefits of meditation; mental clarity, focus, improved mood and lowered stress – but also physical exercise at the same time.
In fact, it holds up when compared to other types of exercise. Each movement uses almost every muscle – the legs, the torso, the arms – everything’s engaged.
There have been literally hundreds of studies showing the effectiveness of Tai Chi and Qigong in improving people’s health from improved balance to improved flexibility and even improved strength.
But the biggest benefits of the two practices are their ability to reduce stress and to strengthen connections between the mind and the body.
And both Tai Chi and Qigong have been shown to be some of the easiest and most effective forms of mindfulness. (See mindfulness page for further information)
Unlike almost every other form of physical activity, Tai Chi and Qigong demand focus, which is central to its meditative benefits, in short – it’s very hard to do tai chi and not be present.
Tai chi and Qigong is great for people of all ages. For younger people it is a great way to slow down and unplug from technology and digital media.
It’s also a great way to relieve stress for students especially if feeling overwhelmed with assignments or exams.
For older people, it is great way to maintain strength, flexibility and improve balance. All of which naturally reduce as we age.
Life, technology and commitments can pull us in many different directions on a daily basis. Often leading us to feeling agitated, stressed and overwhelmed .
What Tai Chi and Qigong does is allows us the chance to break away from the fast paced nature of the world and instead slow down and bring our attention to the present moment.
Dramatically improving mood, bringing a sense of calmness and relieving stress.
Almost all of us today are attached at the hip to our phones.
And while there is nothing wrong with embracing technology, it often means that we rarely ever give ourselves time to actually be present.
With Tai Chi and Qigong you get the chance to break away from your phone for a little while.
And instead become more present and aware of your surroundings.
Inflammation is at the root cause of almost all diseases afflicting our world today. Therefore it is extremely important to implement both dietary and lifestyle choices on a daily basis that help to reduce inflammation.
Tai chi and Qigong has been shown to be a powerful way to improve immunity and decrease inflammation.
It is not something that is only reserved for a certain type of people, age group or belief system and you don’t have to believe in “chi” in order to reap it’s well proven benefits.
In the end, no matter who you are or what your beliefs may be, you will no doubt see benefits from both Tai Chi and Qigong.
Tai chi does not mean oriental wisdom or something exotic. It is the wisdom of your own senses, your own mind and body together as one process.
―Chungliang Al Huang