Tai Chi Chuan --a system of slow, meditative
Yang -- the male, hard, positive aspect
of any phenomenon. A harder movement.
Yin -- the female, soft, negative aspect
of any phenomenon. A softer movement.
Chi -- vital energy, vitality, intrinsic
natural energy circulating throughout the body.
Form -- in martial arts a sequence of movement
laid down by the style, form each single change is also a
form in that it contain a sequence of movements.
Greater Circulation -- a route followed by the chi
through the body and a focus for certain meditation methods.
Sometime called larger heavenly circulation.
Dan-tian - A chi kung term in Chinese meaning
elixir field or energy field. It is a space in his/her body
where a practitioner focuses and accumulates his/her vital
energy. There can be many dan- tian in the body, such as at
the crown of the head, the solar plexus and the center of
the palms, but if the term is used in an unqualified way it
usually refers to the abdominal energy field.
Dynamic chi kung - A genre of chi kung exercise
where bodily movements are obvious, as distinguished from
quiescent chi kung where the practitioner remains in a relatively
Heart - In Chinese the term heart often
refers to what Westerners would call mind.
Meditation A training of the mind to reach
different levels of consciousness. It also refers to a genre
of chi kung exercises which emphasize this training.