The Standardised Taiji Qigong 18 Exercises have become a very popular exercise for thousands of people around the world. As these exercise are very easy to learn and to perform, but can take individuals many hours of dedicated practice to master the depth that each of the Taiji Qigong Exercises has to offer towards strengthen the muscles, tendons and bones, improving the flexibility of the joints, tendons & muscles and developing each person’s cardiovascular fitness and respiratory system.
Every movement of the Standardised Taiji Qigong 18 Exercise should be performed slowly, maintaining the same speed throughout the actions of each exercise. The slowness of the movements are dictated by co-ordinating the breathing (Xi) with the movements, the breathing has to be deep, long, slow and smooth. This then begins to strengthen the concentration of the each individual as they need to time the breathing and movements smoothly and accurately together. Even thou, that each of the Standardised Taiji Qigong 18 Exercises look easy to perform, there is actually a tremendous amount of depth involved in each and every exercise. That every individual has to attain if they wish to maintain a high proficiency level within its practice.
Every exercise that is part of the Standardised Taiji Qigong 18 Exercises Form (Taiji Qigong Shibashi) as to follow various guidelines and principles that every style of taijiquan also follows. These guidelines develop discipline and accuracy in every movement that each person performs as part of the Taiji Qigong Exercises. In the practice of taijiquan the whole body should be involved in every movement, the legs, torso, arms, concentration and breathing are all combined and united together, so that the whole body moves as a complete unit, without any isolated movements. There are many individuals who practice the Standardised Taiji Qigong Exercises and are self taught, copying the exercises from books and videos. But sadly they do follow any of the taijiquan guidelines, hence you can see them performing isolated actions, which is not correct taijiquan practice.
Each of the Standardised Taiji Qigong 18 Exercises helps to strengthen the individual’s muscles, tendons and bones, increases their flexibility and range of mobility, plus builds their fitness and stamina to improve their general health and wellbeing, irrespective of age or ability.