What Can I Hope To Achieve From My Chi Kung Practice?
Chi Kung works on many different levels – at the very basic level by coordinating breathe and movement along with standing postures you will feel great body awareness which in turn leads to better posture and balance. The body will feel much more open and relaxed; breathing will become deeper bringing about a general feeling of calm and wellness.
The above benefits are there for everyone to enjoy and with regular practice this ‘feel good’ factor is easily maintained. You do need to practise though!!!!
As you practise more and more you find other, more hidden benefits – you become very aware of your internal energy and how it flows through the body. Some practitioners find that they become more attuned to the flow of life in general and also become very intuitive and creative in their fields – I know several writers and artists and musicians who have found their greatest inspirations while in a Chi Kung session.
Some people ask what is the difference between Tai Chi and Chi Kung – I have practised both for many years and I always advise beginners to start with Chi Kung – there are no long forms to remember and therefore it is much easier to relax and not worry about what movement comes next! Also you mustn’t forget that Tai Chi is a martial art and this is a road that many people do not want to go down but for me (and this is just my opinion) you need to take Tai Chi as a complete system otherwise it becomes a meaningless dance where all the principles and concepts ‘go out of the window’ – So in short, Chi Kung first – become aware of your body and build up your energy and then Tai Chi.