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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 water wave 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 practice.

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 skills. 

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.


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