Yoga-Tai Chi-Qi Gong at OMTAO,  Cashew Resort - Koh Chang - Ranong - Andaman-Sea - Thailand

Tai Chi/ Qi Gong

Qi Gong

Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is an ancient Taoist system closely connected to Chinese traditional medicine and primarily dedicated to physical health and spiritual growth.

The "Taiji - Qi Gong 18 Style" set is a wonderful introduction into the world of Qi Gong as well as a preparatory exercise for the more sophisticated movements of Taiji Quan.

This set of 18 movements supports general health by harmonising the entire energy system of your body.    No experience or skill is required and it is of benefit to all. Everybody is welcome to drop-in.

The main aspects are: 
Increasing self-awareness(Sensitivity)
Guiding and increasing Qi (Lifeforce)
Lightness and softness
Deep natural breathing, coordinated with the movements

For advanced students Ralph offers the following Qi Gong sets: 
“Taiji-Qi Gong 18 Style” second level
Heart and Lung Qi Gong (medical Qi Gong)
The small energy circle meditation (Small Cosmic Orbit)

Tai Chi (Taiji)

The beginner’s course for Taiji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) is offered in a set of ten sessions in combination with the Qi Gong classes and teaches you the first eight movements of the Taiji form.

In Taiji the emphasis lies on physical and mental relaxation, or non-resistance, which will lead to effortless natural movement and full presence in the moment.  Like Qi Gong, Taiji brings the benefits of physical health and spiritual growth but is also powerful martial art.   Even though the movements are slow, each movement has a meaning and application that derives from the martial aspect of the art.  This is the origin of the word 'shadow-boxing', and indeed Taiji Quan is often translated as the highest art (taiji) of boxing (quan).

In the 18 movements of Qi Gong the movements are repeated several times however in the forms of Taiji Chuan each movement flows into the next and the whole form could be considered one movement performed in a very slow meditative way.

After learning the first eight movements there is of course the opportunity to continue with further classes.
Taiji Quan form - 60 movements after Grandmaster William C.C. Chen,

For advanced students Ralph offers the following:
Long Form - 128 Movements (William C.C. Chen)
Swordform (William C.C. Chen)
Fan Form
Broadsword Form
Push Hands (tui-shou)

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