Tai Chi belongs to the Chinese martial arts practices, and is an activity in which one moves very slowly and deliberately, which is good for the joints. The basic idea is to bring the body into balance and improve body control, posture and breathing. In addition it helps to reduce stress.
The different forms in Tai Chi flow smoothly into one another in defined patterns, and almost look like a very elegant dance from the outside. While performing those movements, a specific breathing pattern is performed. Later, Chinese weapons might also be included.
The focus is on one’s posture and the slow flowing movements, which usually start from a central point, like the hips, and then work as a unit together with arms and legs.
Qi Gong exercises are often mixed with Tai Chi exercises, however, Qi Gong is more centered on meditation, breathing and relaxation. Qi Gong is supposed to balance the Qi in one’s body and lead to more energy.