T'ai Chi For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 29, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 368 pages
For nearly 5,000 years, people have practiced T’ai Chi as a way to prolong life, build strength and stamina, improve concentration, and achieve psychological balance. Hundreds of millions of satisfied customers can’t be wrong.

Whether you already dabble in T’ai Chi and would like to get a deeper understanding of the basics, or you’re only thinking about trying it and want to find out more before you take the plunge, T’ai Chi For Dummies is for you. In plain English, Therese Iknoian and Manny Fuentes demystify T’ai Chi principles and practices for Westerners. They unravel exotic sounding terms and concepts and break down movements in ways that more traditional instructors and authors either can’t or won’t. And with the help of crystal-clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions, they get you on track with a T’ai Chi fitness program guaranteed to help you:

  • Increase balance and flexibility
  • Combat fatigue and reduce stress
  • Tone muscles
  • Unlock your power centers and boost energy
  • Improve focus and concentration
  • Breathe “mindfully” and meditate
  • Enhance your sense of inner peace and well-being

Discover just how easy it can be to make T’ai Chi and its sister discipline Qigong part of your everyday life. With this friendly reference as your guide you’ll quickly master the basic movements and forms, as well as:

  • T’ai Chi’s Yang 24-Movement Form
  • Qigong and Push Hands techniques
  • Techniques that help speed recovery from specific injuries
  • T’ai Chi movements for aerobic exercise
Exercise is good for the body and soul. Now let Therese Iknoian and Manny Fuentes show you how to energize, find inner peace, and tone your muscles with the gentle art of T’ai Chi.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Stepping Up to Tai Chi 9
11
Matching Tai Chis MindBody Benefits to Your Needs 11 Chapter 2 Evaluating Tai Chis Health Benefits with a Western Mind 19 Chapter 3 Building t...
39
Preparing to Tai One On
43
Saying Hello to the Founding Families 45 Chapter 6 Scaling the Peaks of Tai Chi Practice 51 Chapter 7 Internalizing the Principles 63 Part III Knocki...
73
Energizing Softly with Qigong
183
Building the Basics 75 Chapter 9 Opening the Door YangStyle 109 Chapter 10 Keeping the Flow YangStyle 129 Chapter 11 Closing the Door YangS...
215
Practicing What I Preach 217 Chapter 16 Living a Tai Chi Lifestyle Every Day 231 Chapter 17 Trying MiniForms 241 Chapter 18 Taking a Moment...
265
Ten Plus One Ways to Supplement
277
Ten Things to Tell Yourself about Your Practice
285
Ten Wise Taoist Lessons
291
Ten Wise Taoist Lessons 291 Chapter 25 Ten Quotes to Live By 297 Appendix
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About the author (2001)

Geraldine Woods is the author of more than 40 books, including the popular English Grammar For Dummies. She has taught high school and middle school English for over 25 years.

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