T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Body and Mind in Harmony (Integration of Meaning and Method)
"For the Western reader this is quite simply the best of the many books on T'ai Chi Ch'uan." -- David L. Hall, University of Texas.
The foremost work on the ancient Chinese art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan in the English language is now even better. Master practitioner and teacher Sophia Delza has thoroughly revised her original guide to include substantial new material.†T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Body and Mind in Harmony†is a comprehensive survey of the age-old martial art, a system of activating the body for the development of physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Clearly detailed descriptions of the movements, illustrated with detailed drawings and photographs, enable you to practice alone. The book features a stimulating analysis of how body and mind function harmoniously, and a concrete explanation of how form and structure develop lasting physical health, mental alertness, stable vitality, and tranquility.
"You have reaped a good harvest from your faithful practice and perseverance. Your book reveals profound comprehension (mind plus feeling). I am happy your are teaching." -- Grandmaster Ma Yueh-Liang, President, Wu Chien-Ch'uan, T'ai Chi Ch'uan Association of Shanghai, People's Republic of China
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action arm downward arms move balance bending its knee bending left knee bending right knee bending wrist calmness ch'iian changes circle curved diagonally Draw left foot dynamics elbow points Empty Step Space exercise face northwest fingers pointing west fist flexing foot foot with loose Form harmony head Keep weight knee and straightening left elbow left fingers left heel left shoulder loose ankle close mind move both arms move left arm move left hand move right arm movement northeast northwest angle outward palm to face patterns physical place left place right position right elbow right foot right heel right leg right pulse right shoulder Shift weight back shoulder high shoulder level Single Whip southeast straightening left knee straightening right knee structure t'ai-chi ch'uan Taoist tempo torso to face transfer weight turn left palm turn right palm Turn torso turning palm weight on left weight on right Wu Style yin-yang