Tai Chi Ruler is perhaps the most effective set of Qigong movements ever created for overall health and well being.
There is simply nothing better for increasing energy, improving mental focus and supporting physical, emotional and mental balance. The movements of Tai Chi Ruler do all of these things when practiced regularly.
If you’re not familiar with Qigong, (formerly spelled “Chi Kung”), you should know that it is an extensive collection of movements using gentle, relaxed motion combined with breathing and stretching. On the outside it looks surprisingly simple, but on the inside the effects can be dramatic.
How dramatic? One recent student commented, “When I first learned this, I thought, ‘This is too simple to be effective.’ I was wrong.”
Another interesting aspect of Qigong is that it can be adapted to your unique health situation. World-class athletes benefit from it as do people with serious physical limitations.
For example, in one set of classes here in Reno, there were 3 students who were unable to stand to practice because of Multiple Sclerosis. You wouldn’t normally think that they would be able to benefit from an exercise class.
As it turned out, all of them learned and practiced the exercises with little difficulty. One of them even commented that she noticed better balance, more stamina, and a deeper awareness of healing from doing Qigong.
How Does Qigong Work?
The fact that these gentle movements can have such dramatic results, raises the question of how they create these improvements.
There’s probably a whole book’s worth of answers to that question, but we can at least point out some of the highlights here. The benefits listed below specifically refer to Tai Chi Ruler, although many of them also apply to other forms of Qigong:
- Combines various types of exercise in one simple set of movements, including stretching, strengthening and improving physical balance
- Helps relieve joint pain and stiffness
- Increases bone, muscle and connective tissue strength
- Strongly supports improved mental focus and clarity
- Improves normal body processes such as digestion, breathing and elimination
- Strengthens circulation and cardiovascular health
- Alleviates stress and improves sleep
That’s a lot of benefit from a gentle exercise!
Here is the secret to how this is possible… by combining movement, breathing, focus and awareness, these exercises engage all the most fundamental aspects of our experience as a human beings. This creates a powerful combination for balancing and aligning all of the core aspects necessary for living a healthy and fulfilled life.
In addition, these movements are based on sound physiological principles.
For example, modern researchers have discovered that one of most profound influences for brain health is physical activity.Ã‚Â Multiple studies point out the fact that exercise is good for the brain.
There is also research showing that regular exercise has an anti-aging effect. It can increase life span by up to two years. It also inhibits age-related shortening of telomeres.
Needless to say, there is no form of exercise that will be right for every person. And Qigong isn’t some sort of magical cure-all. If you don’t practice it, you get no benefit.
On the other hand, those who do practice definitely feel the effects, particularly the longer they practice.
Another student recently commented to me about her experience of Qigong:
“I learned these exercises a year ago in a class you gave. They felt really valuable to me, so I kept up my practice over the last year. Now that I am learning more about the underlying ideas, I can see how they have affected me over the year.
“I am able to move more freely in my neck and shoulders, my attitude and outlook on life is better and I feel overall much stronger. These exercises are a huge gift to me in my life.”
If you want to get the benefits of this rarely taught set of movements, the next class will be March 6, 2010. You can see the details on the classes page of the Reno Alternative Medicine web site.
I am limiting the class size to be sure everyone attending gets the most benefit possible from their experience. Because of this I recommend securing your place early. You can reach me at (775) 827-6901, or email by clicking here.
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