This is a comprehensive look at "moving meditation". Increase muscle strength, improve flexibility and reduce pain and stiffness. Each year, millions of people worldwide discover the incredible physical and mental benefits of tai chi and with "Tai Chi Illustrated", anyone can. Internationally renowned instructor Master Pixiang Qiu and mind - body exercise expert Weimo Zhu demonstrate the most effective forms for harnessing the healing power of chi, or energy. By following their lead, readers can improve balance and coordination, relieve stress and reduce pain and muscle stiffness. "Tai Chi Illustrated" is a step-by-step guide complete with detailed instructions and full-colour photographic sequences for the basic movements and popular forms, such as Grasp Sparrow's Tail and Part the Wild Horse's Mane. Whether a newcomer to tai chi or an experienced practitioner, "Tai Chi Illustrated" is the guide to the path of better health and self-awareness.
Master Pixiang Qiu is director of the Chinese Wushu (martial arts) Research Center of Shanghai University of Sports. A veteran tai chi instructor, Qiu was named a national master of traditional exercise by the Chinese government. The International Wushu Federation rated him as a Chinese wushu ninth duan, the highest level in wushu, in 2003. Weimo Zhu, PhD, is an internationally known scholar in physical activity and health research at the University of Illinois, where he regularly teaches mind - body exercise classes at both the university and community levels. He has practiced Chinese mind - body exercises, including tai chi and qi gong, for more than 25 years.
Part I. Tai Chi Basics; Chapter 1. Art and Practice of Tai Chi; Chapter 2. Basic Posture; Part III. Tai Chi Forms; Chapter 6. Forms for Cardiovascular Health; Chapter 7. Forms for Stress Relief and Low-Back Health; Part III. Tai Chi Routines; Chapter 10. Six-Form Routine; Chapter 11. Twelve-Form Routine.