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CNN News Oct. 28, 2022

Yoga, Pilates, tai chi, qigong — what's best for me? | CNN

Mindfulness and mind-body practices are hot, and some of the most popular mind-body exercises are yoga, Pilates, qigong and tai chi. All four integrate movement, breathing exercises and meditation. Here's how to find out which one is right for you.

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Evid Based Complement Alternat Med JAN. 1, 2017

A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Baduanjin Qigong for Health Benefits: Randomized Controlled Trials

L Zou et al

Objective. To investigate the effects of practicing Baduanjin Qigong on different health outcomes. Methods. Six electronic databases were used for literatur …

Psychiatr Clin North Am JAN. 1, 2013

Tai Chi and Qigong for the treatment and prevention of mental disorders

R Abbott et al

Tai Chi and Qigong are traditional Chinese exercises that are widely practiced for their health benefits and as martial arts. Evidence suggests that these practices may b …

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