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Tai Chi Qigong: The Internal Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan

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The Internal Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan
Tai chi chuan is an internal martial art that uses soft/round movements to redirect an opponent's incoming force. Qigong exercises are an internal method of increasing and circulating your body's energy (qi). This book teaches tai chi qigong exercises that are ...
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Overview

Finalist - 2014 IndieFab Book Awards
The Internal Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan
Tai chi chuan is an internal martial art that uses soft/round movements to redirect an opponent's incoming force. Qigong exercises are an internal method of increasing and circulating your body's energy (qi). This book teaches tai chi qigong exercises that are useful for improving your tai chi skills and overall health.

If you already know a tai chi form, here are a few ways you will use tai chi qigong to reach new levels of skill and ability:
·To feel qi
·To regulate body, breathing, and intention
·To learn how to use intention to lead qi
·To learn how to circulate qi
·To learn how to expand qi
·To learn how to use qi to energize muscles
·To accelerate the health benefits of tai chi

If you don't know tai chi, but want to benefit from qigong exercises, here are a few ways tai chi qigong can help you:
·The exercises are short and easy to learn
·They help reduce stress
·They loosen muscles and joints
·They stimulate qi flow
·They can help develop a strong immune system
·They sharpen concentration
·They build a deeper awareness of breath and body coordination

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594392689
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 11/7/2013
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 302,030
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, PhD, is a world-renowned author, scholar, and teacher of Tai chi chuan. He has been involved in Chinese martial arts since 1961 and maintains over 55 schools in 18 countries. His writing and teaching include the subjects of kung fu, tai chi chuan, massage, meditation, chin na, and he is a leading authority on qigong. He is the author of over 35 books and 80 videos. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming resides at his California Retreat Center near Eureka, California.
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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Tai Chi Qigong begins by covering the basics of qi, or chi ¿ I¿l

    Tai Chi Qigong begins by covering the basics of qi, or chi – I’ll use qi because it’s the convention in the book. I would hazard a guess that most of the first chapter is the same as Dr. Yang’s Simple Qigong book. Either one will give you a decent primer on qigong. The only new stuff – for me, at least – in this book’s first chapter was covering a brief history of tai chi chuan, or taijiquan.

    The key part of this book for me was the second chapter, which talks about yin and yang – the root of tai chi chuan.

    Dr. Yang writes that the qigong series in this book are based on the theory of yin and yang: two opposing forces that must balance each other. “If the balance is insignificant, disaster will occur,” he says. “However, when these two forces combine and interact with each other smoothly and harmoniously, they manifest power an generate the millions of living things.”

    By understanding this, he says, you’ll have a better idea of what you’ll accomplish in your practice.

    He discusses still and moving meditation, breathing, mind and movement, and ways to classify tai chi chuan.

    The third chapter brings together a number of pictures displaying how to perform the series he mentions. I personally find these chapters less useful than the theory sections since I would much rather learn movements from a live interaction or, at a distant second place, via video. I think there are many intricate movements we miss out on my trying to practice techniques from a book.


    Luckily, there is a companion DVD.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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