Qigong vs tai chi is a group of exercises that incorporate coordinated body postures and movements with deep rhythmic breathing, meditation, and mental focus (1). It is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that seeks to cultivate and strengthen the energy known as qi or chi.
It is a practice that can be performed standing up or sitting down and there are thousands of different postures that can be strung together. Some are very slow and gentle but others can be quite dynamic and challenging. They can be done as part of a class or on your own.
Tai chi is a martial art that also teaches physical endurance and coordination. It is based on a system of postures and movements that are designed to be practiced slowly in order to build internal strength for fighting but also to cultivate and strengthen the energy that can preserve and lengthen life or heal.
Ancient Arts Unveiled: Exploring the Differences Between Qigong and Tai Chi
There are a few RCTs that have evaluated the effects of Tai Chi on depression symptoms and some research has shown that it can alleviate depression. It also appears to reduce anxiety symptoms.
Both tai chi and qi gong are excellent exercises, help to decrease stress, are good for balance, improve flexibility, build muscle, and provide a great cardio workout. Both can be done by people of any age and fitness level. They can even be done by someone who has a bad back or who needs to stay physically active. You can also find out if they are right for you by taking a class or by meeting with the instructor.