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Subjective Experiences of Older Adults Practicing Tai Chi and Qigong
 
July 28, 2011 -
Dr. Yang Yang, a prominent international Tai Chi expert, led a research group at Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in a qualitative study following a 6-month Tai Chi/Qigong intervention for older adults.
 
The researchers conducted in-depth interviews of eight selected participants who elected to continue practicing Tai Chi after the intervention ended, in order to explore their subjective experiences of Taiji's effects and their motivations for continuing to practice. They created a Layers Model to capture the significance and meaning of the multidimensionality of their reported experiences. Participants not only reported simple benefits along five dimensions of experience (physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual) but also described complex multidimensional experiences.
 
Overall findings indicate that participants derived a very wide variety of perceived benefits, the most meaningful being a felt sense of body-mind-spirit integration. Their results support the important role of qualitative studies in researching the effects of Tai Chi and Qigong.
 
This study will be published by Journal of Aging Research.

 

 


 
 

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