About Qi Gong

New students often ask about the difference between Tai Chi and Qi Gong (also spelled Qigong, Qi Kong, Chi Gung, Chi Gong; spelling Chinese with an English alphabet is tricky).

Qi Gong is about gathering and generating Chi. Tai Chi is about using Chi. New students with a limited amount of time to devote to practice should start with Chi Gong. It cultivates all sorts of good habits including deep breathing, relaxation, beginning to use the whole body for movement, and, of course, cultivating Chi. All these things lead to better health.

Here at Blue Heron Tai Chi, we start with the Shibashi Chi Gong form. Shibashi is Chinese for 18, and there are 18 moves in the form. Each move is repeated six times. It takes about 15 minutes or so to complete the whole Qi Gong set once you learn all the moves.