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Chi Kung

This is one particular style of Chi Kung system often used in Tai Chi Chuan practice. It is a unique ancient Chinese exercise system based on the Taoist principles of harmony, simplicity and naturalness.

The aims of Zhan Zhuang are to cultivate, focus and balance the flow of Chi energy within the body, relaxing the mind, strengthening and improving health. Used by many Tai Chi practitioners, this particular system of exercise is also used independently, commonly practised by Chinese people in parks or gardens. Just like Tai Chi Chuan, it can be done by people of all ages, no matter what their lifestyle or state of fitness. 

 The Chinese words Zhan Zhuang when translated can be taken to mean ‘standing like a stake or tree’. Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung consists of a set of standing postures that involves no 

obvious external movement. Some under estimate the simplicity of this exercise because of its static appearance. However those who have had first experience of Zhan Zhuang will acknowledge that like Tai Chi Chuan, it is deceptively demanding physically and deeply absorbing mentally. With consistent practice of this system we stimulate and concentrate Chi so that it can be applied in different ways.

Tai Chi Chuan is one method in which Chi can be applied; however, this energy can also directly be used for spiritual awareness and healing. Zhan Zhuang and hence Chi bring changes to both body and mind. Just as Tai Chi Chuan can be used as a mode of treatment for many illnesses, Zhan Zhuang and Chi cultivation is also understood to abate illness, maintain good health and even heal others. (http://www.masterdingacademy.com/articles/chikung)