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The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and Qigong Illustrated

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T'ai Chi — a martial art used for health, meditation, and self-defense — and QiGong — a large variety of physical and mental training methods based on Chinese philosophy — are widely recognized to heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. T'ai Chi has demonstrated its health benefits by being linked with everything from slowing the aging process and increasing balance and flexibility to lowering stress levels and enhancing the body's natural healing powers.

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Overview

T'ai Chi — a martial art used for health, meditation, and self-defense — and QiGong — a large variety of physical and mental training methods based on Chinese philosophy — are widely recognized to heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. T'ai Chi has demonstrated its health benefits by being linked with everything from slowing the aging process and increasing balance and flexibility to lowering stress levels and enhancing the body's natural healing powers.

In this fourth edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide® to T'ai Chi & QiGong, the authors have streamlined the book, giving it a clearer how-to focus. Nearly 150 video clips complement the 300 helpful illustrations in the book by demonstrating a complete T'ai Chi exercise — all exclusively available to readers on the authors' website.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Sometimes Chinese culture can be difficult to explain. Sifu Bill Douglas successfully uses American culture to explain the art of T'ai Chi Chuan. He simplifies difficult concepts, making them easier to understand. This book takes the best parts of T'ai Chi and makes them understandable [to Westerners] without requiring a grounding in Chinese culture and history." — Sifu Yijiao Hong, USA All-Tai Chi Grand Champion and USA Team member; Certified International Coach and Judge, International Wushu Federation

"Douglas has achieved for QiGong what Apple did for the computer. He's brought it to the people … great place to start for beginners. … Teachers may also find this an excellent manual 'on how to explain these concepts to the general public…'" — R. Poccia, stress management instructor, Beyond Anonymous, San Francisco

"Visionary! If you only buy one book on T'ai Chi, then this is the book. This book is all you ever needed to know to change your life. I have taught T'ai Chi for several decades myself, yet I have now read Bill's book from cover to cover seven times, and still get something new from it each time." — Dr. Michael Steward Sr., D.MA, Ph.D., MA, Senior Coach for Team USA, Inductee of the World Sports Medicine and World Martial Arts Hall of Fame

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592574209
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition description: 3RD BK&DVD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 323,108
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Douglas and Angela Wong Douglas are the co-founders of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. Bill is the Tai Chi Expert for Dr. Andrew Weil's DrWeil.com, and was one of a handful of national Tai Chi experts to help formulate a National Council on the Aging efficacy guide for professionals to begin Tai Chi programs for local aging populations. Bill has presented for the National Parkinson's Foundation, the American Heart Association, and for some of the world's largest corporations and health institutions. He is the 2009 Inductee to the Internal Arts Hall of Fame; the Extraordinary Service in the Field of Qigong Award recipient from the National Qigong Association; the Media Excellence on Qigong Award recipient from the World Congress on Qigong; and the Leadership Award recipient from the National Tai Chi Association; and was the Lou Gehrig's Hero Award recipient from the ALS Association.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    I've just started qi gong...is it regulated?

    I just started and the leader is a volunteer with some medical background, I think. Looking at this books claims, it sounds farfetched. Is there an agency that regulates this kind of stuff? the claims of immortality?

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