Tai Chi (Tai Chi Chuan) and Qigong (Chi Kung) are both ancient Chinese traditions. QiGong has its focus on cultivating, circulating, and harmonizing so-called Qi (Life Energy). Tai Chi, related to Qigong and its principals, is however basically a martial art.
Some forms of Qigong do emphasize the physical characteristics and movements that are useful when practicing martial arts, but in general Qigong is not about defense and attack principles.
In Thailand, you will often see Qigong or Tai Chi practitioners in public parks early in the morning or around 5pm in the afternoon. There are quite a number of training centers across the country, and certainly also in Bangkok with it’s large Chinese community, but many schools are difficult to access (as for language issues) or simply unknown to foreigners.
In this post, we give an overview of Chiang Mai’s Tai Chi and Qigong Schools and Trainers (often the centers will teach both modalities) that welcome and facilitate foreign students.
AMAYEN Sanctuary is a full-service all-inclusive Wellness, Meditation & Yoga Retreat that offers both Qigong and Tai Chi classes in their wellness packages.
Body and Mind Healing School
The Body and Mind Healing School offers intensive short-term and long-term Tai Chi and Qi Gong (Chi Kung) classes and programs.
Kung-Fu Chiang Mai
Kung-Fu Chiang Mai offers in-depth Tibetan Kung Fu, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi training programs, including Teacher training.
LannaYoga, run by Guy Harriman, is specialized in Reiki, but he also offers Qigong classes.
Sote Wellness Haven
Sote Wellness Haven offers space and rooms for alternative healing methods and workshops. They regularly host Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes.
Tai Chi & Qigong Academy of Thailand and Cambodia
The Tai Chi & Qigong Academy offers Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan training in Chiang Mai (Thailand) and in Siem Reap (Cambodia).
Tai Chi Chiang Mai
Mr. Hong Sheng is the founder and owner of Tai Chi Chiang Mai. His main offerings are Qi Gong and Tai Chi training.
Thai Qi Holistics
Thai Qi Holistics is a clinic and education center that offers Medical Qi Gong and Chinese Medicine treatments and training courses. The center also offers teacher training courses in Medical Qi Gong and Qi Massage.
Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong Thailand
Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong Thailand offers live and online Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes.
Tai Chi Meditation in Movement
Tai Chi Meditation in Movement is run by Keith Good and offers Tai Chi and Qigong meditation Training classes.
Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort
Apart from Chi Nei Tsang, Karsai Nei Tsang and Tantric courses, the Tao Garden also provides Tai Chi and Qigong classes and retreats, usually run by Mantak Chia, Walter Kellenberger or Jutta Kellenberger.
The Yoga Tree
The Yoga Tree in Chiang Mai provides a center for yoga, movement meditation and wellness, and offers Qigong and Tai Chi training, among a range of other activities and training modalities.
Yoga Kuukan offers regular Yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi training classes.