China’s oldest system of philosophy and spiritual practice is "Taoism".
Taoist observed that we are part of nature; we are born of the energies
of the earth, and stars. Yet, for some reason, we forget our place in
nature and so we need to re-learn how to reclaim our rightful heritage as
children of nature.
The way of nature is called the “Tao”. The way of realizing our highest
potential, living in harmony with the patterns and energy of nature, is
also called the “Tao”. To Taoist, the journey and the goal are one. Life is
lived as a process, as a dance, a harmonious connection with all,
Just as the universe is an integrated whole, the human body also is an
integrated whole, with each part connected to and dependent on the
other parts. As we become adults leading sedentary lives, we often forget
to use all the parts of our body. By restricting our movements, we forget
how to move strongly, lightly, and efficiently. When we forget how to live
fully in our body we overly restrict the way we move, and eventually
block the flow of "Chi".
Tai Chi & Qigong practice are integral parts of Taoism. Based on the
highest principles of the Tao, they are expressions of the Tao through
movements and a personal practice for understanding and realizing the
essence of the Tao. Through daily Tai Chi & Qigong practice, we can
become as children again, without stiffness or tension. We can relearn
how to move freely and naturally with the whole body connected, both
structurally and energetically. In this way, we mirror our connection to
the larger whole, as part of the universe.
Through Tai Chi & Qigong practice, we can strengthen and cultivate our
life force “Chi”, and regain our true nature.