The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & QiGong Illustrated, Fourth Edition

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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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"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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"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: 9781615642106
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition description: 4th Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 313,505
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 9.97 (h) x 0.71 (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 February 2, 2013

    With this new edition Bill Douglas and his wife have created a m

    With this new edition Bill Douglas and his wife have created a more complete and user friendly tutorial.  The video clips that can be
    accessed on-line are great aid to instruction, giving the reader access to easy to follow graphic aids for all exercises and tai chi form 
    movements.  This is great improvement over still photos and simple static drawings.  The book makes no assumption that the reader has
    any background or knowledge of Eastern martial arts or philosophy, and does a very good job of presenting instructions,  philosophic 
    concepts, and a little of Chinese medicine in an easy to follow text.  I bought the Nook edition.  With the Nook apps, I found it easy to 
    combine reading the text and selecting the on-line elements on my lap top.  
     

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    The Complete Idiot¿s Guide to Tai Chi & QiGong is a rich gif

    The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Tai Chi & QiGong is a rich gift from perhaps the most passionate Tai Chi/QiGong teachers and advocates in the world.  Written and organized in a playful, clear, but loosely structured style, the book is both easy to read straight through from front to back, or like a Chinese calligraphy landscape painting, to freely meander and browse through sampling tidbits of wisdom along the way.  Regardless of the path taken, along the way you will find abundant information about Tai Chi and QiGong reflecting Bill and Angela’s rich insight into these arts, and their experience as long-term practitioners, teachers, and ‘bridgers’ between Eastern wisdom and modern Western science.  As a scientist and Tai Chi teacher myself, I am always looking for new ideas for translating and conveying Tai Chi concepts to my academic colleagues and students.  This book is chock-filled with often humorous, yet profound ideas, metaphors and images that help make the deep art of Tai Chi accessible to all.   Finally, this 4th edition’s generous link to more than 100 web-based instructional videos thoughtfully produced by Bill and Angela makes it a highly practical book for learning Tai Chi on your own.  I highly recommend this book to would-be, novice, and experienced Tai Chi practitioners.




    Peter Wayne PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 
    Tai Chi Instructor, and author of Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi.

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