There is no doubt that the popularity of yoga in the last few years has been on an unstoppable rise. People everywhere in the world are falling in love with this mind-body exercise, whether it’s because they love to move or they love the benefits that yoga gives them. In this post, we want to introduce to you another style of mind-body exercise, which can be greatly compared to yoga, known as Tai Chi.
Now, we know what you’re thinking, isn’t Tai Chi for ‘old people’? As horrible as that may sound, Tai Chi does have a bit of a stereotype that elderly people are the ones who enjoy Tai Chi, as it keeps them active and makes them feel good in their joints. But really, Tai Chi and Yoga have many differences but both also have similar benefits.
· Emerging from China 5000 years ago
· Poses are in a constant fluid motion
· Is ideal for all levels of fitness
· Always performed in a standing position
· Movements flow in a slow manner
· Cultivates the power of Qi
· Emerging from India 5000 years ago
· Poses are held for a certain amount of time
· Can be physically demanding
· Many poses are performed in a non-standing position
· Movements flow in a fast pace
· Cultivates the power of Prana
TAI CHI VS. YOGA
– Both reduce high blood pressure
– Both disciplines can be modified to any fitness level
– Both contribute to improved balance and overall flexibility
– Practitioners of either discipline report to be in a better mood, sleep and mental health
After looking over both the similarities and differences between the two disciplines, you can see that both have the same effects on the human body, regardless of their differences. One practice may be slower than the other and one may have originated in China and the other India, but they both share the same innate effects that they have on our wellbeing.
The concept that connects both disciplines together is the fact that both practices cultivate the power of Qi and Prana. Regardless of how the Chinese or Indian culture call it, both of these stand for the same thing—LIFE FORCE ENERGY. The levels of life force in our bodies have an impact on our healing ability. Meaning that since the absorption of this energy isn’t constant, you can noticeably see and feel the differences when our energy is high and when our energy is low. When we are filled with Chi or Prana, we feel healthy, strong, fit and confident. When we are depleted or when there is a blockage, we feel weak, tired and are more vulnerable to illnesses and diseases. Therefore, when we practice disciplines such as Tai Chi or Yoga, we raise our life-force energy levels, enhancing our health and adjusting imbalances. In conclusion, if you want to have more energy to take on your day, it’s best to start practicing Yoga or Tai Chi! <3