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.
About the Author
BILL DOUGLAS has taught T’ai Chi and QiGong at medical universities and major corporations, is an authority on T’ai Chi and QiGong, and has been featured in interviews by The New York Times and media worldwide. Twenty years of study in T’ai Chi and QiGong led Bill to study Traditional Chinese Medicine before releasing his world-acclaimed video/DVD program, T’ai Chi and QiGong: The Prescription for the Future, worldwide. The program and Bill’s other SMARTaichi products are available for purchase in this book. His website is www.taichismart.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.