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Gentle stretching techniques to strengthen the body while relaxing and focusing the mind, this centuries-old system for total health and well-being includes yoga poses, breathing techniques and deep relaxation. These techniques create the combined effect of unblocking and increasing the energy within your body. This helps to relax you and focus your mind so that you can experience deep inner peace. This system also reduces the negative impacts of stress; strengthens muscles while increasing their flexibility; tones all the internal organs, glands and the nervous system; keeps the spine healthy; increases joint mobility; and lowers high blood pressure.
Sometimes referred to as Chinese Yoga, Qigong is an ancient healing art that combines movement, deep breathing and meditation. Qi is “life Force”, the essence of nature itself that nourishes and energizes all living things. Qigong consists of moving and non-moving meditations for reducing stress, improving physical health, the emotions, and opening the heart.
Also called Taijiquan, this art reminds the outside observer of the calm, rhythmic flowing of a river. The practitioner appears distant while at the same time focused and attentive. Seeming to make no effort, yet moving gently, the appearance masks a capacity for enormous power. Stillness in motion and motion in stillness.
A tool for improving physical and mental health, taijiquan is also a martial art, with each movement having applications. Proponents of this art state that it has brought them closer to their inner nature while enabling them to discover fresh perspectives on life.
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To still the mind and attain greater focus is one of the main goals of meditation. These practices enable us to travel to the core of our consciousness to find emotional and mental clarity. Generally, man is unable to attain this level of stillness at an ordinary level of attentiveness. Meditation can be performed in silence or with chanting or repeating a mantra or gazing upon a mandala.