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Improving Your Mind And Body With Tai Chi

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Improving Your Mind And Body With Tai Chi

Started in ancient China, Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. It is considered meditation in motion. Tai Chi practice involves slow-moving poses with mental focus. The movements help to release tension in our bodies. It reduces your stress and improves your chronic conditions. 

The DVDs and books listed below explain the movements and methods of Tai Chi. You will notice the positive physical and psychological changes after practicing. 

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Tai Chi Handbook : How to Use the Ancient Art of Tai Chi for Health, Suppleness and Well-Being by Tucker Paul

The book opens with a brief history of Tai Chi and its origins in the Taoist philosophy of ancient China. The main, practical section of the book begins with a description and illustration of a comprehensive warm-up exercise routine. With over 240 beautifully clear and simple photographs and illustrations, this book will inspire any new student to take the first steps with confidence.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi and Qigong by Bill Douglas (Book + DVD)

The most popular form of exercise in the world, Tai Chi can slow the aging process, increase balance and flexibility, lower stress levels, and enhance the body’s natural healing powers. Now, with over 300 illustrations, this updated #1 selling guide has been expanded so that readers can create a practice for themselves.

Qigong and the Tai Chi Axis : Nourishing Practices for Body, Mind and Spirit by Mimi Kuo-Deemer

Reduce stress, release pain, and create bodily harmony with this introduction to qigong and the yin/yang balance of tai chi, the ancient Chinese arts of movement meditation. This accessible book features information about these practices as well as insights into their benefits, providing tools for replenishing inner resources and managing energy levels.

Ultimate Guide to Tai Chi 

Practiced by millions of people around the world, the ancient and gentle Chinese martial art of tai chi offers the perfect balance of mind and body, strength and flexibility, grace and agility. Its smooth, fluid movements demand precision and control while offering exercisers of all ages improved fitness, stress reduction, and self-defense skills.

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

A longtime teacher and Harvard researcher presents the latest science on the benefits of T’ai Chi as well as a practical daily program for practitioners of all ages. He developed and tested protocols similar to the simplified program he includes in this book, which is suited to people of all ages, and can be done in just a few minutes a day. 

Pocket Tai Chi for Beginners by Tri Thong Dang (ebook) 

The perfect introduction to this popular exercise discipline-now in a handy, inexpensive format. This book presents the “Simplified Tai Chi” method created by China’s Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports. Unlike traditional Tai Chi, which has over 80 complicated movement sequences or forms, Simplified Tai Chi has 24 short and easy-to-remember movement forms which provide all the health benefits but are far easier for ordinary people to learn and practice on a daily basis.

Simplified Tai Chi Chuan by Shou-Yu Liang (ebook)

Simplified Tai Chi Chuan 24 Posture is one of today’s most popular tai chi forms. Once learned, it can be performed in only six minutes. If you are learning tai chi in a school, a fitness club, a community or recreation center, or even the local park, this is the tai chi form you are likely to encounter.

This is Tai Chi by Paul Read (e-audiobook)

Everything you need to know about Tai Chi, including how to find a class…what happens in a class…how long it takes to learn…the difference between the styles and a unique history of the art in China and its travels to the West. This fascinating audio version of the book is full of insights, anecdotes, facts, and humor about the world of Tai Chi.

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The Great Courses: Mastering Tai Chi (streaming video through Hoopla)

These 24 half-hour lessons, taught by an International Master Tai Chi Instructor, take you deeply into the practice, focusing on a routine known as the Yang-style 40-movement form. Known as moving meditation, tai chi is part exercise, part relaxation and is accessible to everyone, regardless of age of the current level of physical fitness.

The Great Courses: Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong (streaming video through Hoopla)

Science shows that tai chi and qigong are good medicine and good exercise. Discover the secrets of health and serenity with these 24 in-depth lessons from a renowned tai chi champion and instructor.

Simplified Tai Chi 24 Form for Beginners (streaming video through Hoopla)

Learn the most popular 6-minute Tai Chi form, taught clearly from multiple angles, with step-by-step instructions with Master Helen Liang, world champion tai chi master.

Tai Chi for Beginners (DVD

Features an energizing Qi Gong practice, plus a stress-relieving Tai Chi practice to enhance flexibility and promote wellness.

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Discover Tai Chi for Balance and Mobility (DVD)

Discover improved balance, strength, flexibility, and mobility at any age with gentle therapeutic Tai Chi-inspired exercise from America’s premier Tai Chi and fitness expert, Scott Cole. Guiding you through a delectable continuum of breath, movement, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Stretching, and Chair Exercise, DISCOVER TAI CHI FOR BALANCE AND MOBILITY delivers easy-to-follow effective exercises to help prevent falling, while improving overall balance, strength, flexibility, and mobility. Great for beginners, older adults, and physically challenged, this workout is both fun and effective!

The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West (DVD)

Documentary about Tai Chi and one of its great masters, Cheng Man-Ching, a man who brought Tai Chi and Chinese culture to the West during the 1960s. Featuring vintage archival footage, the film tells the story of his remarkable life and features Tai Chi as a martial art and a spiritual practice.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong Basics (DVD)

Two rewarding programs for strength and energy that anyone can enjoy. Taught by Matthew Cohen, a martial-arts master with 30 years’ experience, these two programs cultivate strength and tranquility in the mind and body.

Yang Tai Chi for Beginners (DVD)

Learn with the most authentic classical Yang Tai Chi form. Dr Yang guides you with 5 HOURS of detailed instruction of the 108 form. A masterclass in your living room! Learn Tai Chi Step-by-Step with Master Yang. Front and rear view to follow along easily. Bestselling Tai Chi DVD with amazing detail. Tai Chi Chuan is a kind of moving meditation. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming teaches you the Yang-style form step-by-step, while explaining the meaning of each movement. Yang Tai Chi is the most popular style in the world, practiced by millions of people every day.

Hongmei, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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