In very simple terms, both have their roots in Chinese Martial Arts. Both cultivate and balance the Chi. Both have elements of healing and defense. Tai Chi is a form of internal (spiritual/mental) martial arts derived from the old Taoist qigong tradition. Qigong is more a practice of moving meditation that is typically associated with medicine and healing.
The benefits of both abound: relaxation, increased energy, nourishment of the joints, gracefulness, longevity, strengthening of internal organs, flexibility, balance… In China qigong is used therapeutically to treat a wide variety of conditions including hypertension, obesity, coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus, peptic ulcers, tumors, cancer and more.
FUN LINKS TO EXPLORE:
- “THE WAY OF QIGONG – THE ART AND SCIENCE OF CHINESE ENERGY HEALING” by Kenneth S. Cohen