Tai Chi is a centuries-old system of exercise from China. It combines slow, graceful movement with calm, regular breathing and is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness. This book helps you find out why Tai Chi is the perfect antidote to stressful lifestyles. It explores the background and philosophy of Tai Chi.
Tai Chi is a centuries-old system of exercise from China, now gaining increasing popularity in the West. It combines slow, graceful movement with calm, regular breathing and is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness. Find out why Tai Chi is the perfect antidote to the stressful lifestyles of today. Explore the background and philosophy of Tai Chi. Follow step-by-step instructions for learning the short yang form . Discover how daily practice promotes relaxation and well-being and increases concentration. Helpful advice on health and stress-management. Find answers to frequently asked questions.
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Robert Parry teaches Tai Chi as evening classes and at weekend and residential courses. He has also studied Oriental Medicine and Acupunture.
Table of Contents
Background: what does "tai chi" mean; the tai chi form; origins of tai chi; how long does it take to learn; what are the benefits; the nature of chi; atmospheric chi. Gently does it: how fast? how slow?; breathing made visible; practise, practise, practise; getting started. Tips and suggestions: do's and don'ts; posture; basic stances; getting about; summary. The form - part one: step-by-step instructions. The form - part two: step-by-step instructions. In depth: additional notes on the movements. Tai chi and health: blood supply; breathing; lymph; nerves, sensation and thought; food and how to deal with it; bones; muscles; glands; urinary and reproductive systems; sex; staying healthy - the big picture; start the day well; be peaceful at mealtimes; avoid extremes of climate; avoid extremes of emotion. Tai chi - the learning experience: questions in class; letters and correspondence; passing it on. Body, mind and spirit: finding a teacher; between heaven and earth; chi kung; the five elements; Taoism. Composite illustration of the sequence. Taking it further: further reading.
Teach Yourself Tai Chi by Robert Parry
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