In recent years, a lot of research has been done on the benefits of mindfulness and awareness. It has shown that important benefits are pain reduction, immune function improvement, increased rates of healing, and better relationships with others and oneself. Mind-body exercises such as Tai Chi and Qigong encourage the body and the mind to be more resilient through self-awareness, coordination, and balance. Over time, participants are able to become more attuned with their deeper feelings and emotions and this can lead to an improved sense of well-being.
Awareness is probably the most fundamental and important aspect in Tai Chi and Qigong. In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, it can be difficult to sustain inner awareness, but these practices encourage you to look inside your body, mind, and spirit in order to improve the quality of daily life.
Tai Chi and Qigong practice helps to bring focus – but without judgement or overthinking – by tuning in to the body and noticing the shifts and changes, however subtle. Becoming aware of tension in the joints, muscles, spine, organs, etc., means we are able to consciously release it. We can also become aware of aspects such as energy, balance, postural alignment or breathing, and this awareness allows us to deeply concentrate, relax our minds, and still our thoughts.
Tai Chi has a relaxed, flowing form. The slow, deliberate movement allows us to focus our mind and intentions, being aware of the sensations present in our mind and body systems. Moving in a slow even pace with attention to detail, the benefits can be calm mind, reduced stress and better health.
Movement In Mind is starting beginners courses in August.