Qigong Studio of Colorado
Mary M Foster, MA LPC Westminster, CO 303-947-6847
Welcome to the Qigong Studio of Colorado.
Qigong is a form of Chinese mind/body exercise that traces back some 2500 years (although some records indicate much longer). These exercises use movement, breathing techniques, visualization, and meditation to improve the flow of "qi".
Qi means "breath, spirit, or life energy", and gong means "work, or to work with. So Qigong means to work with the breath, or to work with the life energy.
Tai Chi is a martial art that is one of the many forms of qigong and is frequently referred to as a "moving meditation". The Qigong Studio of Colorado offers lessons in several qigong forms, including Tai Chi.
Classes are offered at a variety of locations (see Classes and Workshops), and private lessons are available for those who prefer an individualized pace.
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People frequently ask, "What is the difference between t'ai chi and qigong?"
Tai Chi is a style of qigong that includes a series of martial art movements that are strung together--one after the other--making up what is called a "form" or set. Watching t'ai chi can be compared to watching a video of someone doing martial arts practices, only with the speed of the film turned down to slow-motion.
In comparison, qigong exercises may also be done slowly in sets of varied movements, and may also be related to martial arts practices, but are not identified to be the fluid connecting movements of a known t'ai chi form. Qigong practices are far-reaching and include healing and spiritual practices, and since t'ai chi is a form of qigong, it incorporates many of these concepts as well.
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