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Qi Gong (qigong or chi kung) originated in ancient China. Qi refers to the vital energy of the body. Gong means skills cultivated through steady practice. The two words together can be translated as cultivating energy. It integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and mental focus for healing. The practice helps to increase the flow of qi, improve blood circulation and strengthen the immune system. T'ai Chi (taiji or taijiquan), is a martial art form that combines mental concentration, coordinated breathing and slow, graceful body movements to increase well-being, ease stress, and strengthen the body. Qi Gong can be practiced individually, or as part of other martial art such as T'ai Chi.

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