The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind

by Peter Wayne, Mark Fuerst
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The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for all T'aiChi/Qigong instructors and advanced students.  Dr. Wayne truly examines T'aiChi/Qigong from the west and east point of view, investigating and discussing the many issues and ideologies.  It is very technical at times and is a slow read, but worth the effort and time.  I will continue to refer to the book and share many of the passages and "nuggets" with my students and colleagues.  Thank you Dr. Wayne for what must have been a gargantuan task. 
Benja123 More than 1 year ago
This book is a great synthesis of traditional chinese medicine and western culture. Peter Wayne clearly and concisely explains the history and ancient wisdom of tai chi, as well as scientific evidence and modern uses of tai chi. Wayne, a Ph.D. and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard University, is knowledgeable in both chinese and western medicine, which gives this book a nice flavor of both mindsets. The most interesting part of the book to me was the introduction. The legends of tai chi and beliefs that encompass chinese medicine were completely new to me, but I found them to be very well explained and enticing. Concepts explained in this book, such as the yin and yang, qi, and chinese philosophy, are useful to everyone, regardless of if they practice tai chi or not. This book is a little dense at times. Reading from cover to cover wouldn’t be the most thrilling thing in the world, but it would provide loads of wisdom and knowledge about tai chi. I, having only practiced tai chi once or twice, found the book fairly interesting; however, If you have an ounce of passion towards tai chi or chinese medicine, I’d say give this book a shot. It is, however, more of a textbook than an bedtime story.
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