- Qigong - In the beginning of one's search, Qigong is probably what most people are looking for. Qigong exercises are "technically" more simple than Taiji movements. And while there's more to it than just the movements, if taught properly, the knowledge of what each does is fascinating, and more important, useful. It is very powerful for cultivating health. My favorite, and the most popular, is Ba Duan Jin (8-Piece Brocade), because it stimulates all of our internal organs in eight (8) very intriguing moves.
- Taiji - Some people, who know nothing about Qigong's existence, begin with a Taiji class. They just want to learn a different way of exercising for their health, and more specifically, balance. Unfortunately, their mindset wants immediate results, so imagine their disappointment when they find that they have to learn long, and (seemingly) complex routines that, although slow, have a martial arts kind of vibe. Taiji is all about building strength, flexibility, and balance, but it cannot be done unless you concentrate on the carefully choreographed moves. Much like Qigong, it emphasizes using internal power rather than external strength by teaching you to get used to relaxing rather than tensing up. THAT'S what Taiji is about! With all of this to learn, impatience can rear its ugly head and cause many students to stop going to class after a while, or not going regularly, which doesn't help at all. It's a shame because Taiji has the potential to give students a never-ending way to practice feeling good.