Qi Gong or Tai Chi
Qigong and Tai Chi go back to over 4,000 years and were traditionally part of Chinese health care system. They integrate physical postures, stretching, breathing techniques and focused intention to bring about healing in the body and mind. Through consistent practice our ‘life force’ or ‘vital-energy’ (Chi) is enhanced.
Unique to qigong is its ability to train the mind to direct the body’s energy, or chi, to any part of the body. It is believed that, when moved correctly, chi can bring your body to a natural state of balance. Leading to a relaxed mind, muscles, tendons, joints, and inner organs leading to improved health and healing.
The movements in Qigong are deliberately kept simple. Qigong can be easier to learn because there are fewer fixed poses, and it's not as physically demanding as Tai Chi. The sequences in Tai Chi are relatively complex and can be physically more demanding. It often takes a lot of practice to master particular Tai Chi poses. For beginners, it is often easier to start with Qigong and then switch to Tai Chi.
These slow, flowing gentle movements, combined with breathing techniques. These relax the mind while working the body inside and out. Physically they can improve strength, flexibility, balance, co-ordination, fitness and boost the immune system. They can help you become aware of the energy that surrounds and flows through you.
Regardless of which of the two you choose, both Qigong and Tai Chi have many health benefits. These benefits include, reduced stress, more balanced emotions, better sleep, improved bone density, improved memory and executive functioning skills, improved balance and motor function to mention just a few of the benefits.
For more information on some of the health benefits of Tai Chi and qigong you can find them on some of the following links or download the pdf which is 'A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi'
There are also videos on youtube and you can look on the following web pages to see if there are any classes near you. this is not an exhaustive list by any means and I am in no way endorsing any of these.