Tai Chi studies the interplay between two opposing forces (yang and yin) through which all changes occur. The yang is the light–the active, initiating force. Yin is the receptive force, the dark side. In Chinese cosmology yang is the daytime, the light; nighttime is yin, the dark, inactive time. But within each there is a small part of the other. The opposites are always interacting, seeking a balance, finding the balance and then interacting again.
Tai Chi promotes an understanding of this dynamic relationship, cultivating vitality and promoting relaxation. As one of the internal martial arts, it emphasizes awareness over strength, intention over technique, and sensitivity and balance over force.
Qi Gong has been used in China for thousands of years as a healing art for healing and strengthening the body, mind and spirit through strengthening one’s internal chi (or qi). Chi has been described in many ways: as the bioelectric energy moving through acupuncture meridians; as spirit or vital force; as the rhythm of nature or fuel that powers the universe. The best understanding of chi comes from an awareness of one’s own internal chi, helped along by the practice of Qi Gong exercises.