Say goodbye to high-intensity workouts that leave you feeling drained, and learn a gentler way to exercise. Tai chi is a philosophy of balance and a pinnacle of the martial arts. Qigong, which is traditionally studied alongside tai chi, means "energy exercise." Together, these two centuries-old ways to stay physically and mentally fit are transforming the way people take care of themselves. Their dance-like movements are enjoyable, easy to learn, and accessible to people of all ages and all levels of physical fitness. Medical studies show that tai chi and qigong improve health, strength, balance, concentration, and mental well- being. Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong is the perfect introduction to this rejuvenating practice. In 24 half-hour lessons, internationally renowned tai chi champion and trainer David-Dorian Ross teaches you the fundamental moves, as well as the history and philosophy, of tai chi and qigong. Each lesson covers a different pose in the 24-movement Yang family short form, so that by the end of the course you will have mastered the world's most widely practiced tai chi routine. Unfailingly friendly and helpful, Mr. Ross explains each movement in easy-to-follow steps. He has a gift for anticipating a beginner's questions, leaving no doubt about how you should be positioned for each pose. Those already experienced in tai chi and qigong will gain an unprecedented scope of understanding and will find Mr. Ross's mindset and detailed instructions invaluable for refining their own skills.
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