HJ: In the West, Yoga has largely become the dominant form of working with energy through movement and awareness. That being said, most people have still heard of Tai Chai and Qi Gong, although usually know little of these ancient practices. It is relatively easy to find classes in your local park and perhaps they may even have them at a yoga studio in your area, as more and more are becoming aware if this powerful energy art. Tai Chi tends to be somewhat more meditative of a practice than yoga with less of a focus on stretching. Tai Chi and Qi Gong are primarily focused on working with and cultivating Chi (Qi) in the body, mind and spirit. The concept of Chi/Qi, is similar to Prana in that it is a driving ife force energy and can be controlled, focused and used for healing and higher levels of awareness.
Mark my words: As Yoga increases in popularity to the point where it begins to become more mainstream than it already is, those seekers interested in a deeper connection with themselves will begin to discover and integrate Tai Chi and Qi Gong into their lives. At some point, Tai Chi/Qi Gong will undergo a revival in the West far greater than it has experienced to date. On that note, I will leave you with this excellent article outlining the basics of Tai Chi that will help you understand the energetic and physical nature of the practice.
Tai Chi For Beginners
By Bruce Frantzis | Energy Arts