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  • What Is Tai Chi? – A great exercise for all ages

    What Is Tai Chi? – A great exercise for all ages

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    Tai chi, or to give it the full name tai chi chuan (also spelled taijiquan) is not an easy art to quickly define. So what is tai chi? The Chinese term tai chi (taiji) refers to the universal balance of the forces of yin and yang. This is seen as the overriding principle in the…

  • Fight like an animal – 8 ways to become stronger, faster and release your animal spirit

    Fight like an animal – 8 ways to become stronger, faster and release your animal spirit

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    Some of the most famous kung fu styles have been based on the movements of animals. The Chinese of old admired the beauty, power, grace and fluidity of various animals and sought to emulate them. They copied their movements and their fighting tactics and created some of the most beautiful and deadly martial arts the…

  • Standing up. A simple guide to good posture

    Standing up. A simple guide to good posture

    Your posture is all about the way you hold and move your body. A good posture makes you feel alive, nimble, full of energy and puts minimal strain on your body. A poor posture makes you feel sluggish, drained and puts excess stress on various key joints and other systems. It also plays havoc with…

  • Qigong – How to boost your health and longevity the Chinese way

    Qigong – How to boost your health and longevity the Chinese way

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    Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is a key element of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It has been practiced for thousands of years albeit under different names. The word literally means exercises that boost your natural energy. Qi – life giving energy and gong literally mean work or exercise. Qigong consists of various practices chiefly breathing exercises, standing…

  • Qi – The energy of life

    Qi – The energy of life

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    The Chinese term qi (pronounced chee) refers to universal life energy. This energy has been investigated and written about by most cultures in the world. The Japanese call it ki, the Indians call it prana, the Greeks pneuma and so on. But what is it? Qi is an energy that surrounds, permeates and sustains every…

  • What are Yin and Yang

    What are Yin and Yang

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    The Chinese word tai chi (taiji) refers to the ancient concept of yin and yang. Yin yang theory is one of the most important concepts in Chinese culture and has been hugely influential all around the world. The Chinese see the yin yang theory as the governing principle behind all movement, all energy and all…