Find Peace with Tai Chi: A Teach Yourself Guide

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Get centered using tai chi

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. Find out why tai chi is the perfect antidote to the stressful lifestyles of today.

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Overview

Get centered using tai chi

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. Find out why tai chi is the perfect antidote to the stressful lifestyles of today.

Inside you will find:

  • Step-by-step instructions to help you master the basics
  • Tips on how to integrate tai chi into your lifestyle, in just ten minutes a day
  • Advice on how to use this form of stress management to change your life
  • Practical exercises for fitness abilities of all levels and ages

You can also visit teachyourself.com for tests, extension articles and a vibrant community of like-minded learners. And if you don't have much time, don't worry—this book gives you one-, five-, and 10-minute bites of learning to get you started.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071664981
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/15/2010
  • Series: Teach Yourself: Games/Hobbies/Sports Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,045,228
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Parry is a practitioner of Asian medicine with special interest in traditional approaches to health and fitness.

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Table of Contents

Meet the author vii

Only got a minute? x

Only got five minutes? xii

Only got ten minutes? xiv

1 Background 1

What does 'tai chi' mean? 2

The tai chi form 4

Origins of tai chi 5

How long does it take to learn? 9

What are the benefits? 10

The nature of ch'i 11

Atmospheric ch'i 13

2 Gently does it 16

How fast? How slow? 17

Breathing made visible 18

Practice 22

Getting started 23

3 Tips and suggestions 29

Dos and don'ts 29

Posture 30

Basic stances 33

Getting about 36

Summary 40

4 The form-part one 42

Step-by-step instructions 43

5 The form-part two 70

Step-by-step instructions 70

6 In depth 121

Additional notes on the movements 121

Test your knowledge 143

7 Tai chi and health 147

Circulation 147

Breathing 148

Lymph 149

Nerves, sensations and thought 150

Food and how to deal with it 152

Bones 153

Muscles 154

Glands 155

Urinary and reproductive systems 156

Sex 156

Staying healthy-the big picture 157

8 Tai chi-the learning experience 166

Questions in class 167

Letters and correspondence 172

9 Body, mind and spirit 179

Finding a teacher 179

Between heaven and earth 181

Ch'i kung 183

The five elements: pathways between body and mind 186

Taoism 191

Composite illustration of the sequence 198

Taking it further 204

Further reading 204

Further sources of information 204

Glossary 206

Answers to 'Test your knowledge' questions 208

Index 209

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