Posts in Tai Chi & Qigong
What is Tai chi?

Tai chi and qigong are two practices that show significant benefits in reducing the pain of arthritis.  There’s a huge amount to read on this topic, but the proof is in trying it. It’s very inexpensive, and you can sign up at your local “Y,” community center or hospital.

For more information, check out the links below:

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind

The Qigong Institute

Dr. Yang: Tai Chi and Qigong for Beginners

This video provides a brief introduction to Tai Chi with Dr. Yang, as a sample of what you might find on the full DVD. Tai chi is an extremely popular and very gentle physical way to fight stress and reduce anxiety.



There is also a DVD available for purchase in which Dr. Yang presents gentle exercises to ease lower back pain in the tradition of Qigong (pronounced chee-kung), “the art of using the mind to direct the energy within your body to improve health and vitality.” The DVD serves as an introductory guide for beginners, going over the principal concepts of qigong as well as detailing the exercises.