As defined by Wikipedia, “Tai chi is a Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits.” “ Qigong  is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used in the belief that it promotes health, spirituality, and martial arts training.” While some may choose to introduce themselves to tai chi or quigong by taking a class, others may find this to be intimidating. If you’re in the latter category, I recommend the video series Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong by David-Dorian Ross, B.A., International Master Tai Chi Instructor. Mr. Ross developed this twenty-four thirty minute lecture series in conjunction with The Great Courses. In this series he covers the following:

The snake and the crane

First steps in a journey

Harmony and balance

The ultimate martial art

The five families of tai chi practice

Qigong and the five animal frolics

Energy exercise—a branch of Chinese medicine

The first pillar of practice—forms

The second pillar—push hands for two

The third pillar—standing meditation

Benefits to the heart and immune system

A healthy weight and a healthy mind

Tai chi legends—stories of the masters

Reading the tai chi classics

A superior workout—use more of your muscles

Eight pieces of brocade and a better back

Tai chi weapons—when hands are not empty

Using the mind-inner organizing principles

Mental and physical flow

Creating space for choices

Flow at work-when business is in balance

Energy flow in your surroundings

Taking practice deeper

The evolution of tai chi

This lecture series can be purchased through The Great Courses or rented from various libraries.

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