Many individuals have joined our local taiji qigong classes, as well as our weekly online Zoom taiji qigong sessions. Some of the individuals have been studying and practicing for a few years, while others have only recently began their interest in the participation of taiji qigong exercise. Obviously many attend our classes to help improve their health, fitness and wellbeing, many participate to improve their relaxation and flexibility. While others participate to strengthen their balance, coordination and concentration levels, there are many reasons why individuals begin their practice.
For those who have been practicing the taiji qigong exercises for a few years, and can easily remember the order that each of the exercises are connected to each other and flow slowly, accurately, from each exercise into another without pausing, hesitating or suddenly changing the speed of their movements, have began to raise their proficiency levels to a high degree. Sadly many of these more accomplished individuals can easily fall into complacency with their practice, by just focusing on the physical actions that transition smoothly from one to another. The next stage of development in the practice of the taiji qigong exercises is to begin the more deeper, subtle, skill of opening & closing the joints and certain, important Qi cavities (Qixue) to pulsate the circulation of the Qi throughout the entire body to attain good health and wellbeing.
Because many individuals can easily get stuck in the development of their taiji qigong exercise, by firstly learning to remember each of the individual 18 exercises, secondly developing the accuracy, precision, and timing of the five components of the body to harmonise as they perform each of the 18 exercises, thirdly connecting the whole of the 18 exercises to flow smoothly from into the other. This is still very much on the physical level that many individuals can easily stagnate and remain at, practicing for many, many years at this level. The next stage of developing their taiji qigong exercises is the “Internal” level, this means that the individual as to use more subtle actions of their joints and their soft tissues, skin, muscles, tendons and fascia to pump and pulsate the Qi through the body. So that each individual can gradually develop their body to listen to the movement of their Qi as it circulates inside their bodies.
There are many taiji qigong exercises were the individual will have each of their palms facing each other, as if holding a Qi ball. As the individual performs these particular exercises, they should become aware of the sensation within their fingers, palms and forearms as they form the “Qi Ball” (Qi Qiu), basically they should begin to feel a tangible tingling, warming, fullness or heaviness sensation, gradually these sensations will increase in their strength as the individual practices more on a daily basis to a point we’re they tangibly feel as if they are holding a ball between their two hands. There are some benefits that an individual will begin notice in themselves as their Qi builds more in its strength and starts to flow through the body, they will notice that they don’t suffer with bruises appearing, after they have bumped their arm against an hard object by accident. They seem to have plenty of energy and stamina that they don’t need a great amount of sleep, their body remains warm throughout, even in the winter period.