Practice Tai Chi and Qigong on the Beach, by the Road and in Flight
June 22, 2015 - Summer vacation time is here. You can continue your Tai Chi or Qigong practice when
you are on the road, the beach or the airplane.
On the Beach
Beaches, the common summer
vacation destination, can be a very soothing venue to rejuvenate your energy and
harmonize your mind and body with the nature through the Tai Chi or Qigong
practice. Imagine your mind being stimulated by the sound of the waterwave pounding upon a beach, with the fresh
smell of the air from the ocean, and your body being relaxed in the sunshine by
dawn and sunset. You may even feel more exhilarated when you do your mind-body
routines in an environment different from your normal ones.
Practicing Tai Chi at the
beach may be a novel idea, yet it can also pose unique challenges for your
Normally you would do Tai
Chi or Qigong on a flat and solid ground. But the beach is usually uneven, and
the sand is soft and shifting. Practicing on such surface, you may find it hard
for your feet to take hold without making unusual efforts in using the muscles
of your feet and your legs. To match the adjusted movements on the sand, your
breathing exercise will have to change accordingly, too. Moreover, the advance
and retreat of the ocean water may also subtly influence your breathing pace.
Despite these unique
issues, doing Tai Chi or Qigong can be a very good opportunity to develop deeper
concentration and stronger balance during the exercise, and hence improve your
Watch a video of doing Tai
Chi on the beach:
By the Roadside or at a Train Station or an Airport
Whether you will drive, ride a train or fly to your vacation
destination, the journey can take a toll on your body and health. The Taoist Tai
Chi Society of Great Britain developed 4 short Tai Chi exercises on behalf of
London Gatwick Airport and Air China to help people prepare for and recover from
a long haul flight. The exercises can be also beneficial for people who take a
long road trip or train ride.
In this video, you can watch the 4 exercises:
1. Turning the hands,
2. Dealing with the opposite forces, with more of the body is involved. After sitting for
long time, you should get up and give your internal organ some space with this
exercise. 3. Turning of the spine, which increases the circulation. 4. Performing a gentle wiper motion that has a massaging effect on internal organs and also further
increases the circulation.
Inside an Airplane or a Train
Even in a confined space like an airplane
or a train, you can still practice Tai Chi and Qigong. Here is the video of 7
postures of Qigong for the office or other types of small spaces:
These postures will exercise your
fingers, wrists, upper torso, core and lower back as well as increasing the
flexibility of hamstrings.