qi

taiji

First, let us consider natural breathing. When you practice Taijiquan with this breathing, your mind does not have to be focused on the breathing. This is especially important for the beginner. At this stage, they should pay attention primarily to regulating the body into a more relaxed, centered, and balanced state.


Qi

Exercises which build up Qi in the limbs called Wei Dan and are usually very simple. They are almost like any of the exercises which are common in the Western world. The only two differences are that when you practice you must concentrate your mind at the area being trained, and the movements are designed for special purposes such as regulating specific organs. You should understand that it is your mind which leads the Qi to the area being trained. When you concentrate, you can build up and circulate the Qi more efficiently than when you don't concentrate.