The mind under development
While aging lots of events pass by. When turning 50 most people have suffered the loss of friends, family and others they had a connection with. The experience that lasts a lifetime. All must get a place in life. The danger of negative experiences is depression or worse. People with a positive mind grow old, from research and experience with interviewing it is found that none of the elderly over 90 had a negative mind. The individuals who had a negative feeling about life were searching for a permanent solution (euthanasia) but still had a positive mind. Prevention of negativism is important as part of the healthcare.
Tai Chi (Chuan)
The definition of Tai Chi as a concept is the “Ridgepole” where the original meaning was taken from the I Ching (Website of Changes). The Ridgepole supports the roof timbers.
Tai Chi Chuan is about 1,000 years old. It supposed to come from the Buddhist Monastery built for the Indian Monk Batuo in 495 A.D.This style is Shaolin Quan (Shaolin boxing); it incorporates stretching, meditation, breath control, philosophy, strategy and self/ defense. The Shaolin Temple (Shaolinzi) acted as a kind of a university that people came from all over China not just for its Buddism but also for its martial arts. Sometimes they came to study, some to teach and some to give up all their worldly desires to become a monk or a nun.
The Henan Shaolin Temple was destroyed during the Qing Dynasty 1644-1912 A.D. The monks who survived fled for their lives, spreading their skills all over China; the triads started life as anti-Qing fighters. Some modern kung fu styles come from that turbulent time, such as Wing Chun and Hungga Kuen. This story is a simplified abbreviation of the reality which consists of thousands of different stories and versions. Which one is true will always be in the dark.
What is a style?
Just as there are different hairstyles created by different hairdressers, there are different styles of martial arts; some stay in fashion, some do not! A style is a way that someone uses to express experiences, transfer knowledge and visualize it by movements.
Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, and without pausing go through a series of motions. Breathing deeply and naturally, focusing attention on bodily sensations. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched.
Benefits of Taichi;
Qigong / Chi Kung
Chi Kung is an ancient Chinese form of movement exercise that promotes the flow of Chi (vital energy) through the body. It translates as ‘energy work’ in English and comprises exercises for stretching and mobilizing the body and joints, breathing techniques, slow movement exercises, static postures, special walking methods and meditation.
Chi is the body’s vital energy which Chi Kung builds up to establish a physiological and psychological harmony. Most of the theory behind Chi Kung is common to Chinese Medicine with which it has a traditional link. Chi Kung is also associated with Taoist and Buddhist philosophies and practices, particularly Taoist.
Chi Kung generally does not have complex ‘forms’. Chi Kung movements are simple. Each action aims to move Chi in a specific way. The movements often take their inspiration from the movement of animals and nature and can look quite beautiful. Sometimes the movements follow energy channels in the body and sometimes they orient around internal organs or parts of the body. The aim in all the movements is to increase the flow of Chi through the mind and body.
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What is Yoga?
Yoga was developed up to 5,000 years ago in India as a comprehensive system for wellbeing on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. While Yoga is often equated with Hatha Yoga, the well-known system of postures and breathing techniques, Hatha Yoga is only a part of the overall discipline of Yoga. Today, many millions of people use various aspects of Yoga to help raise their quality of life in such diverse areas as fitness, stress relief, wellness, vitality, mental clarity, healing, peace of mind and spiritual growth.
Yoga is a system, not of beliefs, but of techniques and guidance for enriched living. Among Yoga’s many source texts, the two best known are the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. Both explain the nature of—and obstacles to—higher awareness and fulfillment, as well as a variety of methods for attaining those goals.
As in any field, some aspects of Yoga are too subtle to be learned from websites or lectures; they must be acquired through experience. Hence Yoga’s time-honored emphasis on the student-teacher relationship, in which the teacher helps the student develop a practice that brings deeper understanding through personal experience.
Since the individual experience of Yoga is quite personal and may differ for each practitioner, there are a wide variety of approaches to its practice. Yoga has in recent times branched out in many new directions, some of which are quite different from its traditional emphases. All approaches to Yoga, however, are intended to promote some aspect(s) of well-being.
As a result, today’s practitioners have more options than ever as they seek to gain the most from the vibrant, ever-expanding field of Yoga.
Equipment required? No. You don’t need any equipment because you’ll rely on your own body weight for resistance. But you’ll probably want to use a yoga mat to keep you from sliding around in standing poses, and to cushion you while in seated and lying positions. Other, optional equipment includes a yoga ball for balance, a yoga block or two, and straps to help you reach for your feet or link your hands behind your back.
Examples of different yoga forms include:
Intensity Level: Varies with Type
The intensity of the yoga workout depends on which form of yoga you choose. Techniques like hatha and Iyengar yoga are gentle and slow. Bikram and power yoga are faster and more challenging.
Areas It Targets
Core: There is yoga poses to target just about every core muscle.
Arms: With yoga, the weight is that of the body. Arm strength is built at maximum in a natural way. Some poses, like the plank, spread the weight equally between arms and legs.
Legs: Yoga poses work all sides of the legs, including quadriceps, hips, and thighs.
Glutes: Yoga squats, bridges, and warrior poses involve deep knee bends, which gives a sculpted rear.
Back: Moves like a downward-facing dog, child’s pose, and cat/cow give the back muscles a good stretch.
Type of exercise
Flexibility: Yes. Yoga poses stretch of the muscles and increases the range of motion. With regular practice, they’ll improve flexibility.
Aerobic: No. Yoga isn’t considered aerobic exercise, but the more athletic varieties, like power yoga, will make a person sweat. And even though yoga is not aerobic, some research finds it can be just as good as aerobic exercise for improving health.
Strength: Yes. It takes a lot of strength to hold the body in a balanced pose. Regular practice strengthens the muscles of the arms, back, legs, and core.
Sport: No. Yoga is not competitive. Focus on personal practice and don’t compare to other people in the class.
Low-Impact: Yes. Although yoga gives a full-body workout, it won’t put any impact on the joints.
The first reaction of many elderly is to consider themselves a topic of volunteer work and not to participate in it. But the fact is that being active keeps a person young.
Staying in direct connection with a younger generation keeps once the body and mind younger. The reason is the electrical and emotional transmission of energy between individuals and group participation.
When two individuals are in a close connection there is the transmission of energy and emotional interaction which on itself also stimulates energy production. Emotions are a good source of energy if given and receiving in a positive environment. Working with the young keeps young is a saying that is often true.
Other volunteer work is also possible when the interaction with other people is of social and positive nature.
Conclusion; to stay healthy takes efforts and social connections. Efforts must be made on the physical and mental level at all times in life. It is a constant drive of positive directed energy which can be divided into over time, does not extreme intensively but moderate and low in stress. Take life as it is, live it as it comes. This is not an easy to do suggestion but one from the experience of people who all did pass the 100-year border.