No, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are not found at your local Chinese restaurant.

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Okay so we know what meditation is and we have attempted the one-minute meditation. We like how calm we feel afterwards and want to learn more about meditation techniques in order to achieve mind/body balance. The problem comes when choosing which route to take. This requires knowing what each type of meditation is and which one is right for your lifestyle.  The types are as follows:

  • Tai chi.This is a form of gentle Chinese martial arts. In tai chi (TIE-chee), you perform a self-paced series of postures, movements and stretches in a slow, graceful manner while practicing deep breathing. There are more than 100 possible movements and positions with tai chi, many of which are named for animals or nature. Regardless of the variation, all forms of tai chi include rhythmic patterns of movement that are coordinated with breathing to help you achieve a sense of inner calm. The concentration required for tai chi forces you to live in the present moment, putting aside distressing thoughts.

    Transcendental meditation is one of the most researched and popular meditation techniques. You use a mantra, such as a word, sound or phrase repeatedly silently, to narrow your conscious awareness and eliminate all thoughts from your mind. You focus exclusively on your mantra to achieve a state of perfect stillness and consciousness for 20 minutes twice a day

  • Yoga is the act of performing a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises to promote a more flexible body and a calm mind. As you move through poses that require balance and concentration, you’re improving your mind and body though calming exercise.
  • Guided meditation involves visualizing places and situations you find relaxing. You try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights, sounds and textures. Using the senses is a good way to start the meditation process because it helps grasp those peaceful thoughts. The Meditation Room offers meditations for you to sample that include sounds such as “Soothing Session and “Work Break.” The sessions last between 3 and 10 minutes.
  • Mindfulness meditation. This type of meditation focuses on living in the present. You allow yourself to reach a relaxed and still state of conscious awareness. You focus on what you experience during meditation, such as the flow of your breath. You can observe your thoughts and emotions but let them pass without judgment. Your attitude will decipher if you reach a peace and acceptance during times of stress.
  • Qi gong. This practice, which was first used in China for medical purposes, combines meditation, relaxation, physical movement and breathing exercises to restore and maintain balance and cleanse the body and bring energy.  Those suffering from injuries and those who are aging find this meditation technique especially helpful.
  • Mantra meditation. In this type of meditation, you silently repeat a calming word, thought or phrase to prevent distracting thoughts. The process of repetition and positive thinking is said to heal the spiritual, physical and psychological body. This particular mediation can be done anywhere and is one of the easiest forms of meditation.

Which one are you interested in trying?

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