April 22, 2010 was the 40th Earth Day, a day set aside every year
to remember and appreciate the Earth's environment, and all of our roles within
environment. Forty years
later, people are talking about going green more than ever.
As a Tai Chi or Qigong practitioner,
professional or amateur, you may not have realized that you have already taken a
big step in going
green by simply doing the
exercise you chose for your health and wellness.
Compared to many other types of
exercises, doing Tai Chi or Qigong consume much less resources -
electricity: when you do Tai Chi or Qigong, you do not use any electronic
equipment like fitness machines, or watch TV or listening to
an iPod as people doing other exercises
water: Tai Chi and Qigong are usually gentle and low impact, and people don't
usually need to take a shower after the practice.
plastic: also because of their low impact, when people do Tai Chi or Qigong,
they generally do not need so much bottled water or even sports drink as they
would in other exercises, and this means less use of plastic bottles.
Outdoors: Tai Chi and Qigong are not only suitable for outdoors but they
actually can be benefited from being practiced outdoors, because of the natural
energy flowing in the outdoor environment. When doing them outdoors, you save
all the utility expenses that would be needed for a building.
But the "greenness" of Tai Chi and Qigong goes beyond the less
When people talk about
energies, they often talk about
generating power from the natural resources such as sunlight and wind.
When we do Tai Chi or Qigong, we are
actually doing the same thing - we rely on natural resources - the "chi" in our own bodies and the energy in the
environment - trees, water, grass, mountain, etc. We practice to bring these
natural powers together and to make them work in harmony inside of our body. The
power from these natural energies is used to fuel, not our home or office, but
our own physical and mental wellness. With health, we demand less medicine, less
medical machinery, and hence less resources to produce
green is about building harmonious relationship with nature, but we
forget that human beings are part of
nature, we often forget that nature is not only
outside of us but also inside. As Tai Chi or Qigong practitioners, we are
fortunate to have the opportunity to stay in harmony with nature, from inside