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What is Qigong and Tai Chi?

What were you doing when you were 18?

Like many of us inspired by Bruce Lee growing up, everything East and martial arts really resonated with me. He was one of my first heroes, finally someone who kinda looked like me (although I’m not Chinese, most have mistaken me for many other races) and this began a lifelong journey of understanding who I truly am, my true identity.

 

“For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.” Bruce Lee

 

I’ve first felt connected to martial arts for reasons of protection, belonging and culture. At the same time, my affinity and studies of Native American culture, Nature and the concept of environmental sustainability helped me understand the deeper spiritual reasons that would later shape and influence my life and design career over the next 25 years.

When Tai Chi & Qigong came into my life over 20 years ago, it started to bring it all together which led me to my true focus and purpose of personal sustainability today.

“The natural environment sustains the life of all beings universally.”-Dalai Lama

 

We all have incredible gifts to share, a meaningful purpose and powerful reasons why we do what we do, however; without our health, it’s not possible to achieve our goals. We are taught to ‘put the oxygen mask on first’ but at the same time are confused by our society and culture who says we’re selfish or that we must put others first.

It’s our nature to care for each other but wouldn’t it be even better if we’re performing at 100%, our energy is at our highest, our mind & spirit is fully engaged and present?

Tai chi also is known as T’ai chi ch’üan and Qigong are ancient practices that can align our physical, mental & spiritual energies, increase our focus, concentration and especially improve our health and wellbeing!

Tai chi is a ‘soft’ martial art focusing on our internal energy or chi (also known as qi) and is a belief system and philosophy connected to Taoism. As health & life coaches, we might understand this as a deep mind, body & spiritual connection. Qigong is a system of exercises that cultivate the practice of Tai Chi and other martial art forms.

Want to learn how Nature, Qigong and Tai Chi can change your life?

I invite you to try Qigong and Tai Chi as a daily practice that has incredible, almost mysterious qualities of healing and transforming our energy and awareness. The other day, I created some videos to share with my health coach tribe that I’ll be practising within Austin, Texas soon.

As a Personal Energy & Performance Coach, I have learned that the best way to practice this is outdoors in Nature as the Qi energy of our natural environment is incredibly more powerful. Nature can amplify your own Qi energy, boosting sleep, health & energy. Let’s learn how to tap into this

There’s a video of my version of a complete ‘form’ called Wuji and a breathing exercise. Breathing is central to many healing practices from meditation, yoga to qigong. Once we learn how to breathe properly, many doors of awareness start to open up. What doors would you like to open?

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” –Confucius

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