This is a brief explanation of each practice that you can
share with students to prepare them for doing the interviews.Meditative exercises are highly effective in
reducing stress and are associated with providing health benefits.Some examples of meditative exercises include
Tai Chi, Yoga, and Qigong.Yoga is one
of the most ancient cultural practices of India. The word yoga in
Sanskrit means "to unite,” and so yoga connotes a unitive
discipline. In this sense, it is an exercise in moral and mental cultivation
that generates good health (arogya), contributes to longevity (chirayu),
and the total intrinsic discipline culminates into positive and perennial
happiness and peace. Tai Chi, if looked at from a Western point of view, can
best be described as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined.
from martial arts, the slow, graceful movements also sometimes reflect the
natural movements of animals and birds, designed to focus the mind and
breathing through a complex series of executions. In Tai Chi, where the form is
practiced in slow continuous fluid movement, muscles and joints are in motion.
Breathing is regulated as an integral part of this exercise. The effect is a
sedative upon the central nervous system which helps to stimulate improvements
upon the body's other systems. It is calming and de-stressing, the movements
themselves becoming physical poetry. When practiced properly, Chi energy is
increased, and one often feels a 'tingling' of fingers and toes and a warming
up of the body. The mind becomes clear and relaxed. The movements give a means
for motor control, balance, etc. and can help posture and loosen tight muscles.
Qigong or "Energy-Cultivation” is an aspect of Chinese medicine involving the
coordination of different breathing patterns with various physical postures and
motions of the body.