Tai Ji Qi Gong
Why Tai Ji Qi Gong
During this class you practice with ancient Chinese movement arts and breathing exercises. These movements give more energy, offer relaxation, strengthen the resistance and promote circulation and digestion.
The class always starts with an extensive warming up of the body. First of all, attention is paid to loosening and keeping the joints and muscles flexible. We work with exercises for coordination, energy and breathing exercises and Tai Ji exercises.
What is Tai Ji Quan? (pronounce: tough dzjie chhwèn)
Literally translated, that means ultimate best fist (fighting method). However, this literal translation is anything but complete. Tai Ji means one extreme (ultimate) and the other extreme (best) and thus refers to the philosophy of Yin and Yang. Tai Ji Quan thus means unarmed martial art based on the philosophy of Ying and Yang.
Tai Ji Quan (Tai Ji for short) exercises consist of performing a series of slow, fluid movements. The movements are usually round, so that the whole body is in motion in a gentle way. Relaxed movement is of great importance during the performance. Good posture allows optimal use of muscle groups. Balance, concentration and coordination are the essential aspects that are practiced while performing Tai Ji. The health aspect is paramount at Tai Ji. No physical force is applied, only inner force, the idea, the intention of the movement.
Also suitable for 55+
Practice has shown that it is possible to work with Tai Ji until a very old age. For the elderly it is very important to keep the joints supple and the muscles to keep moving. Younger people can become more flexible and stronger. The result of practicing this sport is that people will feel more comfortable and move more easily. This also gives one more self-confidence.
There are different styles within Tai Ji, such as the Chen, Yang, Wu and Sun style, where the Yang style is mainly performed slowly and the Chen style also has explosive moments in it. These styles are often subdivided into various sub-styles of teachers who have added their own knowledge, skills and experience. The movements are performed in a fixed sequence. The Tai Ji practitioners speak of forms (taolu). Each style has its own forms, which are transferred from teacher to student. Completing a form varies in time from 5 to 25 minutes. The slow movements, which are performed from the stomach and especially very relaxed, are characteristic of Tai Ji. Particularly in the Chen style, the emphasis on the self-defense aspect is much stronger than, for example, in the Yang style.
Qi Gong (pronounce Chie Koeng) or: "energy exercise"
A regular part of the lessons is Qi Gong. Just like with Tai Ji, movements are performed slowly. Specific attention is paid to breathing. The purpose of Qi Gong is to remove blockages that have arisen in the energy channels, so that the "qi" (energy) is released and can flow again. This can be experienced as a warm current or tingling in the arms, legs, hands or feet. Practicing Qi Gong is a good way to combat stress and symptoms of stress (hyperventilation, poor sleep, etc.).
Duration: 60 minutes
Combustion: Up to 300 cal