Tai Chi is both a martial art and a moving meditation. The solo form consists of a gentle, flowing series of movements, combined with deep breathing and imagery to promote flexibility, relaxation, and health.
Also known as qigong, Chinese Meridian Exercise combines breath work, movement, imagery, and sound to accumulate and circulate Life Energy (Qi) within the body. Meridian Exercises predate Tai Chi by hundreds of years and styles differ according to the goals of the practitioner.
Life Energy is thought to circulate in the body along particular pathways nourishing and connecting various tissues and organs not unlike the way rivers feed the planet.
Most energy work is based on the ancient premise that where energy flows freely there is health and where there is disease, there is energy stagnation or lack. Chinese Meridian Exercises or Health restores energy flow, and builds vitality.