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So what’s the difference between Qigong and Tai Chi?

When I start talking about my love of Tai Chi and Qigong – I often get ask “What’s the difference?” This question can be answered in a number of ways. While an instinctive reaction may be to look for differences, it is important to first understand that both Qigong and Tai Chi share a common…
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Take Tai Chi with you wherever you go!

We all know the benefits of Tai Chi, and that practice makes (almost) perfect. So, it’s great that we can take Tai Chi with us when we go on holidays or business trips. I have practised Tai Chi in many different places, and I find it really keeps me centred. There’s nothing like getting into…
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Together

What a joy it is to return to class and reconnect with our tai chi buddies. We’ve spent a large part of 2020 with very little human connection, and where there was connection, it was over Zoom or Skype. We practised our tai chi on our own, or not at all. Those moments where groups…
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Rah! Pounce! Flap!

The Five Animals Qigong, Wu Qin Xi, is the perfect form for Covid-19 isolation and lockdown. We can prance and lumber around our lounge rooms without anyone else seeing! Add to that the wonderful benefits of the movements and the focus required and you have a wonderful antidote to spending too much time alone on…
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An Observation

"Nothing happens until something moves”, Albert Einstein Over the years I have hiked, run, cycled, swum, skied, lifted weights…….and spent countless hours on gym stair climbers and cross training machines. As a uni student and, for a few years as a young adult, I learnt karate. At one time, also, learning Tai Chi through the…
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Exploring Tai Chi using Mindfulness and Flow

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully in the present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, to not be distracted by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness is a quality that every person already possesses - it’s not something you have to create. In Tai Chi we learn how to develop this…
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Why is Tai Chi slow?

When I started Tai Chi, under the wonderful instruction of Mario Cianci (Level 1) and Suzette Hosken (Levels 2-6), I knew I struggled a little with keeping my movements slow. Having been a karate student for six years at that stage (now 19 years!), I realised that even though there were numerous similarities between Tai…
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Do you need to sit still to be mindful?

"Do you need to sit still to be mindful?" The Age had an interesting discussion on what activities are good for meditation. It's been suggested that it is not necessary to sit for long hours cross legged, but a moving meditation like Tai Chi and Qigong can be just as good. The Age: Do you…
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