Taiji Qigong FAQs

Is Taiji Qigong suitable for me?

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Taiji Qigong is suitable for the vast majority of people. It is never too early or too late to start practising the technique regardless of your fitness level and overall health. Ideally, you should start practising Taiji Qigong before you develop health problems but if you already have any, it will help you manage them. Taiji Qigong is very safe when practised properly but you are recommended to consult your doctor anyway if you have a medical condition or if you are pregnant.

Who must not practise Taiji Qigong?

Taiji Qigong has been proven to be beneficial for many medical conditions including those that usually foresee avoidance of exercise such as osteoporosis. If you have severe osteoporosis, however, you will probably be recommended not to practise Taiji Qigong. The technique also is not suitable for people with hernia, back pain and women with high-risk pregnancy. If you do not have any of the mentioned conditions, Taiji Qigong is safe for you. But if you have any health concerns, talk to your doctor before getting started.

Can I do Taiji Qigong even if I was physically inactive for a longer period of time?

Taiji Qigong is one of the best ways to get into shape again if you were not physically active for a longer period of time. It is even recommended for inactive older adults who have balance and mobility issues to improve their coordination and fitness level. It is a good idea, however, to choose a class that is adjusted to your fitness level and increase intensity level gradually.

Can I injure myself practising Taiji Qigong?

The risk of injury in practising Taiji Qigong is extremely low but it is not impossible. Taiji Qigong is very easy to learn but in order to reduce the risk of injury to the minimum, you are recommended to attend a class to learn to do it properly and safely rather that learning it on your own using books or/and videos. A qualified instructor will show you how to practise Taiji Qigong but he/she will also correct you if you do not do it properly which is something books and videos do not do.

How to choose Taiji Qigong style?

Taiji Qigong has a number of styles but the classes are usually adjusted to the attendees rather than following the techniques of a particular style. So if you are a beginner, look for beginner’s courses. If you are 65 years old or older, look for classes that are intended for older adults, etc.. If you do not know which class suits you best, ask the instructor if you can observe the class to see if it meets your expectations.