Qigong is a centuries-old system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed by the Chinese and throughout Asia as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (pronounced approximately as “chi”), translated as “life energy”.
Qigong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow-flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind. People practice qigong throughout China and worldwide for recreation, exercise, relaxation, preventative medicine, meditation, self-cultivation, and training for martial arts.
Tai chi is a Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training, its health benefits and meditation. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons. Many training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis.