Frontiers | Can Tai Chi and Qigong Postures Shape Our Mood? Toward an Embodied Cognition Framework for Mind-Body Research | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Dynamic and static body postures are a defining characteristic of mind-body practices such as Tai Chi and Qigong. A growing body of evidence supports the hypothesis that Tai Chi and Qigong may be beneficial for psychological health, including management and prevention of depression and anxiety. Although a variety of causal factors have been identified as potential mediators of such health benefits, physical posture, despite its visible prominence, has been largely overlooked. We hypothesize that body posture while standing and/or moving may be a key therapeutic element mediating the influence of Tai Chi and Qigong on psychological health. In the present paper, we summarize existing experimental and observational evidence that suggests a bi-directional relationship between body posture and mental states. Drawing from embodied cognitive science, we provide a theoretical framework for further investigation into this interrelationship. We discuss the challenges involved in such an investig...

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Date: 2019/06/12 20:17

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@samim "Can Tai Chi & Qigong Postures Shape Our Mood? Toward an Embodied Cognition Framework for Mind-Body Research": The amount of fascinating scientific research in recent years on Qigong & Tai Chi is astonishing, the findings even more:

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