Yoga involves various stretching and balancing methods designed to increase strength and flexibility.
It radically improves the range of movement but can be difficult for people with tense muscles, stiff joints, balance issues or poor mobility.
In yoga, the student stretches in order to relax.
Qigong employs simple movements or stationary poses to improve strength, restore balance, boost energy and promote a calmer mind.
The movements are exceedingly easy to perform and gentle on the joints, but the standing can be challenging.
Tai chi for health is similar to qigong but uses simple movements rather than static poses.
It also incorporates pushing hands exercises that provide biofeedback concerning mobility, postural tension and the necessary application of pressure.
In tai chi, the student relaxes in order to stretch.
Taijiquan uses simple-seeming movements fuelled by ‘reeling silk’ biomechanics designed to employ the entire body as one cohesive unit.
Although taijiquan contains all of the health benefits of qigong and tai chi for health, its real purpose is martial.
The training methods are extremely comprehensive and diverse in scope.