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下面是世界太極與氣功日事件 2012年彙編視頻舉行世界各地。瞭解您如何可以癒合琪對 10 上午當地時間,世界各地,每年四月的最後一個星期六,通過訪問 www.WorldTaiChiDay.org 這個全球浪潮的一部分


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世界太極與氣功日活動在香港已舉辦了很多年了。在香港的活動包括太極和氣功的示威和各種可愛的香港地區的宣講會...

太極和氣功老師和從業者在整個香港的美麗的國家,參加了...

http://www.WorldTaiChiDay.org一直是組織中心,組織套件,媒體套件,以及如何為他們的活動得到官方的文告信息提供太極和氣功愛好者,教師,學校和組織整個香港。 WorldTaiChiDay.org的免費資源,幫助太極和氣功愛好者與當地媒體合作,教育公眾有關太極和氣功健康的好處,和當地邰尺的可用性和整個香港的氣功班(志公)(見鏈接底部)...

世界太極與氣功日的WorldTaiChiDay.org還提供免費的藝術品官方世界太極與氣功(氣功)日橫幅,傳單,海報,幫助香港太極和氣功愛好者全港市民對本國教育工作,並讓他們知道如何涉足世界太極與氣功日活動的整個偉大而美麗的國家,香港...

WorldTaiChiDay.org,世界太極氣功日的組織樞紐,官方提供的新聞稿,包括翻譯成18種語言,以幫助太極拳和氣功組織為他們的活動中獲得最大的媒體報導(見過去媒體在底部的鏈接)...

香港太極和練氣功的人的健康和治療的目的和教育,許多支持WorldTaiChiDay.org的工作的全球浪潮的一部分,得到官方的世界太極與氣功日T-卹,與世界太極與氣功日標誌覆蓋在潁陽的符號,以顯示如何西方科學和東歐的心身健康科學的,現在走到一起,有利於世界的達芬奇的維特魯威人。背面有世界大馳和氣功日的座右銘“同一個世界...一個呼吸”顯示如何在全球大馳和氣功家庭的從業者來一起每年跨越種族,民族,宗教和地緣政治的邊界建立個人的願景全球保健和治療...

太極和氣功醫學研究,收集世界邰匙和氣功日的WorldTaiChiDay.org醫學研究圖書館,為免費資源http://www.worldtaichiday.org提供幫助香港從業員當地的衛生系統,政府和教育越來越多的研究證明了深刻的好處太極拳,氣功等企業健康專業人士提供的香港居民和社會...

香港從業者採取美麗的照片和視頻,展示他們美麗的家鄉香港世界邰持WorldTaiChiDay.org的照片和視頻庫和氣功日活動(見底部鏈接)通過與世界分享..

香港一直是世界邰尺的基礎部分和氣功日的全球家庭的事件逐年...

我們邀請並鼓勵所有太極拳和氣功練習者在香港參加在現有的世界太極與氣功日活動在香港或組織自己的活動,以香港舉行世界太極拳和氣功練習者每年在4月的最後一個星期六,作為世界波的質量太極和氣功展覽和宣講,使這個世​​界波齊,被稱為世界太極與氣功日...

了解更多有關香港的事件,也是全球世界太極與氣功日活動(見底部的活鏈接)...

http://www.WorldTaiChiDay.org

http://www.WorldQigongDay.org

http://www.WorldHealingDay.org


哈佛健康的出版物稱為太極“運動”,因為所有的無數的健康問題,邰吃已被證明是協助或避免藥物...

醫學研究已經發現,大馳和/或氣功可以提高機體的免疫功能了近50%,減少我國青少年多動症的症狀,降低高血壓,治療心臟疾病,增加大腦的大小,有助於帕金森氏症狀,纖維肌痛症,抑鬱症,焦慮症和許多其他健康問題。太極和氣功,氣功,將是一個強大的除了健康,商業和教育活動,在香港,因為它已被世界各地的...

a澳大利亞太極拳的老師,命名為羅德弗格森,WorldTaiChiDay.org WorldTaiChiDay.org的訊息,並通過創建一個建議,表現出他的地方州政府的培訓太極的老人可節省多少錢用於醫療研究,它導致州政府資助的邰吃的程序,使邰馳老年人在他們的狀態(見現場WorldTaiChiDay.org醫學研究資源的鏈接在底部)...

世界太極氣功日鼓勵香港居民,利用我們龐大的資源WorldTaiChiDay.org如何將太極和氣功,氣功,教育當地政府部門,醫療衛生機構,高級護理,以及企業的健康專業人士,為他們的產品可以導致龐大的儲蓄,為將來的健康問題是可以避免的,並且得到緩解當前的衛生挑戰非常經濟地使用太極拳,氣功等...

太極拳,氣功等也被用在懲教設施,以改善犯人的行為,並大幅降低再犯率。大多數犯人回來了監獄,監獄成本耗資社會付出高昂的代價。通過將太極拳,氣功納入刑法和康復方案,香港等國家可以拯救無數未來的監獄監禁成本,並幫助囚犯前釋放他們重新融入社會變得更冷靜的人...

世界太極與氣功日全球慶祝活動是一個有趣的健康和治療,而且還提供了一些非常嚴重的解決方案,以香港及其他國家和民族面臨的問題,世界各地的...

香港居民被邀請到世界太極氣功日的官方電郵通訊雜誌:WorldTaiChiDay.org得到更新最新醫學研究和太極拳,氣功等消息和提示,來自世界各地的從業人員。存檔的過去現在可以查看WorldTaiChiDay.org電子郵件雜誌38種語言。 (看直播的鏈接WorldTaiChiDay.org在底部的雜誌存檔的問題)。

香港居民可以報名參加在收到我們的免費的有價值的電子郵件雜誌...

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/


其他實時鏈接:

組織套件

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/OrganizingKits.html

媒體套件

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/MediaResources.html

一些媒體報導的世界太極氣功日

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/HeadlineNews.html

照片/視頻畫廊歷屆世界武術錦標賽太極氣功日活動

http://listings.worldtaichiday.org/Event-Photos-and-Videos/

http://www.WorldTaiChiDay.org

http://www.WorldQigongDay.org

http://www.WorldHealingDay.org

WorldTaiChiDay.org醫學研究

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/WTCQDHlthBenft.html

WorldTaiChiDay.org電子郵件雜誌過去的問題檔案館

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/Newsletters/MasterIndex.html


世界太极与气功日活动在香港已举办了很多年了。在香港的活动包括太极和气功的示威和各种可爱的香港地区的宣讲会...

太极和气功老师和从业者在整个香港的美丽的国家,参加了...

http://www.WorldTaiChiDay.org一直是组织中心,组织套件,媒体套件,以及如何为他们的活动得到官方的文告信息提供太极和气功爱好者,教师,学校和组织整个香港。 WorldTaiChiDay.org的免费资源,帮助太极和气功爱好者与当地媒体合作,教育公众有关太极和气功健康的好处,和​​当地邰尺的可用性和整个香港的气功班(志公)(见链接底部)...

世界太极与气功日的WorldTaiChiDay.org还提供免费的艺术品官方世界太极与气功(气功)日横幅,传单,海报,帮助香港太极和气功爱好者全港市民对本国教育工作,并让他们知道如何涉足世界太极与气功日活动的整个伟大而美丽的国家,香港...

WorldTaiChiDay.org,世界太极气功日的组织枢纽,官方提供的新闻稿,包括翻译成18种语言,以帮助太极拳和气功组织为他们的活动中获得最大的媒体报道(见过去媒体在底部的链接)...

香港太极和练气功的人的健康和治疗的目的和教育,许多支持WorldTaiChiDay.org的工作的全球浪潮的一部分,得到官方的世界太极与气功日T-恤,与世界太极与气功日标志覆盖在颍阳的符号,以显示如何西方科学和东欧的心身健康科学的,现在走到一起,有利于世界的达芬奇的维特鲁威人。背面有世界大驰和气功日的座右铭“同一个世界...一个呼吸”显示如何在全球大驰和气功家庭的从业者来一起每年跨越种族,民族,宗教和地缘政治的边界建立个人的愿景全球保健和治疗...

太极和气功医学研究,收集世界邰匙和气功日的WorldTaiChiDay.org医学研究图书馆,为免费资源http://www.worldtaichiday.org提供帮助香港从业员当地的卫生系统,政府和教育越来越多的研究证明了深刻的好处太极拳,气功等企业健康专业人士提供的香港居民和社会...

香港从业者采取美丽的照片和视频,展示他们美丽的家乡香港世界邰持WorldTaiChiDay.org的照片和视频库和气功日活动(见底部链接)通过与世界分享..

香港一直是世界邰尺的基础部分和气功日的全球家庭的事件逐年...

我们邀请并鼓励所有太极拳和气功练习者在香港参加在现有的世界太极与气功日活动在香港或组织自己的活动,以香港举行世界太极拳和气功练习者每年在4月的最后一个星期六,作为世界波的质量太极和气功展览和宣讲,使这个世界波齐,被称为世界太极与气功日...

了解更多有关香港的事件,也是全球世界太极与气功日活动(见底部的活链接)...

http://www.WorldTaiChiDay.org

http://www.WorldQigongDay.org

http://www.WorldHealingDay.org


哈佛健康的出版物称为太极“运动”,因为所有的无数的健康问题,邰吃已被证明是协助或避免药物...

医学研究已经发现,大驰和/或气功可以提高机体的免疫功能了近50%,减少我国青少年多动症的症状,降低高血压,治疗心脏疾病,增加大脑的大小,有助于帕金森氏症状,纤维肌痛症,抑郁症,焦虑症和许多其他健康问题。太极和气功,气功,将是一个强大的除了健康,商业和教育活动,在香港,因为它已被世界各地的...

a澳大利亚太极拳的老师,命名为罗德弗格森,WorldTaiChiDay.org WorldTaiChiDay.org的讯息,并通过创建一个建议,表现出他的地方州政府的培训太极的老人可节省多少钱用于医疗研究,它导致州政府资助的邰吃的程序,使邰驰老年人在他们的状态(见现场WorldTaiChiDay.org医学研究资源的链接在底部)...

世界太极气功日鼓励香港居民,利用我们庞大的资源WorldTaiChiDay.org如何将太极和气功,气功,教育当地政府部门,医疗卫生机构,高级护理,以及企业的健康专业人士,为他们的产品可以导致庞大的储蓄,为将来的健康问题是可以避免的,并且得到缓解当前的卫生挑战非常经济地使用太极拳,气功等...

太极拳,气功等也被用在惩教设施,以改善犯人的行为,并大幅降低再犯率。大多数犯人回来了监狱,监狱成本耗资社会付出高昂的代价。通过将太极拳,气功纳入刑法和康复方案,香港等国家可以拯救无数未来的监狱监禁成本,并帮助囚犯前释放他们重新融入社会变得更冷静的人...

世界太极与气功日全球庆祝活动是一个有趣的健康和治疗,而且还提供了一些非常严重的解决方案,以香港及其他国家和民族面临的问题,世界各地的...

香港居民被邀请到世界太极气功日的官方电邮通讯杂志:WorldTaiChiDay.org得到更新最新医学研究和太极拳,气功等消息和提示,来自世界各地的从业人员。存档的过去现在可以查看WorldTaiChiDay.org电子邮件杂志38种语言。 (看直播的链接WorldTaiChiDay.org在底部的杂志存档的问题)。

香港居民可以报名参加在收到我们的免费的有价值的电子邮件杂志...

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/


其他实时链接:

组织套件

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/OrganizingKits.html

媒体套件

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/MediaResources.html

一些媒体报道的世界太极气功日

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/HeadlineNews.html

照片/视频画廊历届世界武术锦标赛太极气功日活动

http://listings.worldtaichiday.org/Event-Photos-and-Videos/

http://www.WorldTaiChiDay.org

http://www.WorldQigongDay.org

http://www.WorldHealingDay.org

WorldTaiChiDay.org医学研究

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/WTCQDHlthBenft.html

WorldTaiChiDay.org电子邮件杂志过去的问题档案馆

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/Newsletters/MasterIndex.html


World Tai Chi and Qigong Day events have been held in Hong Kong for many years. Events in Hong Kong have included Tai Chi and Qigong demonstrations and teach-ins at various lovely Hong Kong locations…

Tai Chi and Qigong teachers and practitioners throughout the beautiful state of Hong Kong have participated…

http://www.WorldTaiChiDay.org has been the organizing hub, providing tai chi and qigong enthusiasts, teachers, schools and organizations throughout Hong Kong with Organizing Kits, Media Kits, and information on how to get official proclamations for their events. WorldTaiChiDay.org’s free resources have helped Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung) enthusiasts partner with local media to educate the public about Tai Chi and Qigong health benefits, and about the availability of local Tai Chi and Qigong classes throughout Hong Kong (see links at the bottom)…

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day’s WorldTaiChiDay.org has also provided free artwork for Official World Tai Chi and Qigong (chi kung) Day banners, flyers, and posters, to help Hong Kong tai chi and qigong enthusiasts educate people throughout Hong Kong about their local work and to let them know how to get involved in World Tai Chi and Qigong Day events throughout the great and beautiful state of Hong Kong…

WorldTaiChiDay.org, the organizing hub for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, has provided official Press Releases, including translations into 18 languages, to help tai chi and qigong groups gain maximum media coverage for their events (see Past Media Links at bottom)…

Hong Kong Tai Chi and Qigong practitioners have been part of the global wave of health & healing intent and education, many supporting WorldTaiChiDay.org’s work, by getting Official World Tai Chi and Qigong Day T-Shirts, with the World Tai Chi and Qigong Day logo of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man overlayed on the Ying Yang Symbol to show how Western science and Eastern mind-body health science are now coming together to benefit the world. The back has World Tai Chi and Qigong Day’s motto of “One World … One Breath” showing how the global Tai Chi and Qigong family of practitioners come together each year across racial, ethnic, religious and geo-political boundaries to create a vision of personal and global health and healing…

Tai Chi and Qigong medical research, collected in World Tai Chi and Qigong Day’s WorldTaiChiDay.org Medical Research Library, available as a free resource at http://www.worldtaichiday.org helps Hong Kong practitioners educate their local health systems, government, and corporate wellness professionals on the growing research proving the profound benefits tai chi and qigong offer Hong Kong residents and society…

Hong Kong practitioners have taken beautiful photographs and videos showcasing their beautiful home state of Hong Kong to share with the world via WorldTaiChiDay.org’s Photo and Video gallery of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day events (see link at bottom)..

Hong Kong has been a foundational part of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day’s global family of events year after year…

We invite and encourage all tai chi and qigong practitioners in Hong Kong to join in existing World Tai Chi and Qigong Day events in Hong Kong, or to organize their own Hong Kong events to be held with the world of tai chi and qigong practitioners each year on the last Saturday of April, as part of the worldwide wave of mass tai chi and qigong exhibitions and teach-ins that make up this worldwide wave of qi, known as World Tai Chi and Qigong Day…

Learn more about Hong Kong’s events and also the global World Tai Chi and Qigong Day events (see live links at bottom)…

http://www.WorldTaiChiDay.org

http://www.WorldQigongDay.org

http://www.WorldHealingDay.org


Harvard Health publication has called Tai Chi “Medication in Motion” because of all the myriad health issues Tai Chi has been proven to help with or avoid…

Medical research has found that Tai Chi and/or Qigong can boost the immune function by nearly 50%, reduce ADHD symptoms in teenager, lower high blood pressure, treat heart disease, increase brain size, help with Parkinson’s symptoms, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, and a host of other health issues. Tai Chi and Qigong, chi kung, would be a powerful addition to health, business, and education programs in Hong Kong as it has been worldwide…

A Australian tai chi teacher, named Rod Ferguson, used the medical research provided at WorldTaiChiDay.org and via WorldTaiChiDay.org’s newsletters to create a proposal that showed his local state’s government how much money could be saved by training seniors in Tai Chi, and it resulted in a state funded Tai Chi program that makes Tai Chi available for seniors throughout their state (see live link to WorldTaiChiDay.org Medical Research resource at bottom)…

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day encourages Hong Kong residents to utilize our vast resources at WorldTaiChiDay.org to educate your local government, health institutions, senior care, and corporate wellness professionals about how incorporating Tai Chi and Qigong, chi kung, into their offerings can result in massive savings as future health issues are avoided, and current health challenges are alleviated very economically by using tai chi and qigong…

Tai Chi and Qigong have also been used in penal facilities to improve the behavior of inmates, and to dramatically lower their recidivism rate. Most inmates come back to prison, costing society dearly in prison costs. By incorporating tai chi and qigong into penal and rehabilitation programs, states like Hong Kong could save untold millions in future prison incarceration costs, and help inmates become calmer people before their release back into society…

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is a fun global celebration of health and healing, but also offers some very serious solutions to issues facing Hong Kong and other states and nations around the world..

Hong Kong residents are invited to sign up for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day’s Official Email Newsletter Magazine: WorldTaiChiDay.org to get updates on breaking medical research and tai chi and qigong news and tips from practitioners around the world. Archived past WorldTaiChiDay.org Email Magazines can now be viewed in 38 languages. (see live link to WorldTaiChiDay.org Magazine Archived Issues at bottom)..

Hong Kong residents can sign up to receive our free valuable email magazines at…

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/


Other Live links:

Organizing Kits

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/OrganizingKits.html

Media Kits

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/MediaResources.html

Past Media coverage of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

http://www.worldtaichiday.org/HeadlineNews.html

Photo / Video Gallery of Past World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events

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Below are excerpts from The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong 3rd edition.

The new 4th edition, of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong, has nearly 150 web-video support videos to compliment the 300 detailed illustrated instructions. Permission is required to reprint any of the above text. You can reach the author at wtcqd2000@aol.com




Chapter 1

Why Practice Tai Chi (and Qigong - Chi Kung)?


In This Chapter

> The reasons behind Tai Chi’s exploding popularity

> The root of Tai Chi

> A brief history of Tai Chi

> ALL styles of Tai Chi can offer powerful benefits

Tai Chi comes in several excellent styles. While some chapters in this book relate to particular Tai chi styles, you’ll find this book to be a valuable resource to anyone exploring “any” form of Tai Chi or QiGong, which is why it is used as a primer and textbook by teachers of many styles worldwide, and in several languages.

Tai Chi is practiced by about 20 percent of the world’s population and is fast becoming the most popular exercise in the world today. Its rapid expansion is largely due to one important fact it feels really good. Although Tai Chi was originally a martial art and is increasingly offered by martial arts studios, it’s now practiced in businesses, hospitals, and schools everywhere. Tai Chi is not only a valuable tool for improving health, it is a powerful business tool as well. Companies see that T’ai Chi improves productivity by helping employees to be happy, relaxed, and creative. Hospitals see Tai Chi as a potent, yet cost-effective, therapy for nearly any condition. Tai Chi classes can be found nowadays almost anywhere. In this chapter, I’ll give you a whirlwind tour of the reasons behind Tai Chi’s growing popularity and what Tai Chi can do for you.

Exploring the Reasons Behind T’ai Chi’s Popularity

Do you ever feel like life is getting more stressful? It is. The increasing stress in today’s world is one reason for Tai Chi’s growing worldwide popularity. Tai Chi was designed to help people go through change with less damage by improving the way we handle stress. Studies show change is stressful, and even though change is often good, if the stress that change causes isn’t managed it can damage your health and outlook on life. Since about 90 percent of the discoveries made in the history of the human race have been made in our lifetime, we are all going through some serious change and stress. Therefore, Tai Chi’s ability to help practitioners “let go” of this stress more easily is just what the doctor ordered, literally.

Imagine life is a carousel upon which we ride. When life gets spinning really fast, Tai Chi seems to slow things down, like a hand pulling us away from the “edge,” back to the center of life’s carousel. Here, in the center, we can let life spin even faster and not feel like throwing up (hardly ever anyway). In fact, by practicing Tai Chi as you ride life’s carousel, you might even catch yourself going “wheeeeeeeeeeeee” a lot more often.

Whether you are stressed out, continually exhausted, treating a health problem, or just wanting to get in shape and feel young again, Tai Chi is just what you need. Tai Chi goes right to the heart of everything we do by healing and cleansing the central nervous system. Tai Chi helps us to let go of all the nervous tension that bogs down our mental computer system (like getting a general tune up every day). This makes everything inside us work better, which often makes the world around us seem better, too. So Tai Chi is really a self-improvement tool that will make you a better “anything-you-want-to-be.” Unless of course you want to be stressed out, exhausted, uninspired, and feel old and out of shape. In that case, Tai Chi won’t help.


Know Your Chinese

The Chinese call life energy Qi (pronounced chee). The character for Qi is also the character for air or breath. QiGong (pronounced chee kung and often spelled Chi-Gong) means “breath work” or “energy exercise.” There are about 7,000 QiGong exercises in the Chinese Medica (the bible of Chinese Medicine). Tai Chi is a moving form of QiGong. There are sitting and lying forms of QiGong, but all Tai Chi is done standing and moving.

People everywhere in the world are rapidly embracing Tai Chi as “their” exercise. Although Tai Chi originates from China, it is now seen so commonly in the West that soon it will be thought of as an American thing, a British thing, a Canadian thing, or whatever. If you ask American kids what their favorite American food is, many will reply, “Pizza!” (which is originally Italian). And someday, when asked what their favorite American pastime is, Americans will say, “Tai Chi!”



Tai Chi Relaxes the Mind, Body, and Our Lives

Just as we flow through the changes of life (or not), our life energy, or Qi, flows through us (or not, if we are stressed out). Qi is the energy of life and flows through all living things. Qi animates, heals, and nurtures life. When the stress of change makes us tense, we squeeze off the flow of life energy. Physically, this feels like tension. Tai Chi and QiGong are easy, simple, yet sophisticated relaxation exercises that encourage the muscles to let go of tension, the mind to let go of worry, and the heart to let go of angst. Tension, worry, and angst all block our Qi flow.

Tension, worry, and angst are usually the result of our mind, heart, or body being unable to “let go” of something. The goal of Tai Chi is to move through a series of choreographed movements like a slow martial arts routine, but very slowly and in a state of absolute relaxation. In order to do this, we have to let go of our mental/physical tensions, grudges, prejudices, and anything that keeps us tied to the past. This enables us to flow more easily into the future by clearing our mind and body of old stress so that we constantly get a “fresh” perspective on life.

Tai Chi is simple and easy to do, yet benefits us on many deep and complex levels. Tai Chi’s slow, relaxed movements incorporate breathing and relaxation techniques that cleanse our mind, body, and emotions each time we go through the gentle movements. T’ai Chi is designed to uncover and release every single place we hold tension or blocked energy. When our mind or heart holds onto issues (fears, obsessions, angers, and so on) our body literally squeezes itself with tension. Going slowly through the movements is like doing an internal scan of the entire body to clear and release any place the body is gripping onto tension. There is no exercise on earth that can help you go through this wild ride toward the future quite like T’ai Chi can—which is why T’ai Chi is truly the exercise of the future.

Know Your Chinese

Tai Chi Ch’uan (pronounced tie chee chwan or die gee jwan), sometimes spelled Taijiquan, means “supreme ultimate fist” or “highest martial art.” Tai means Supreme. Chi means Ultimate. Ch’uan means Fist.

Ouch!

Nearly one third of the adult U.S. population has chronic high blood pressure. Since some medications have side effects, physicians need to be made aware that Tai Chi can sometimes lower high blood pressure as effectively as medication. Ask your doctor to look into Tai Chi. However, never adjust medication levels without consulting your physician.




Tai Chi Promotes Internal Strength for Young and Old

Tai Chi looks very much like slow-motion kung fu. David Carradine performed a form related to Tai Chi as Kwai Chang Caine on the television series Kung Fu. And although Tai Chi shares some similarities with kung fu, don’t let that scare you away. Tai Chi can be practiced by anyone at any age and in any condition.

In martial arts circles, it is known as an internal martial art. Tai Chi promotes internal strength physically, mentally, and emotionally, which is why it can be powerful training tool for martial artists. But you don’t have to be a martial artist to benefit from Tai Chi because it can also be practiced even by those in wheelchairs, with great results.

Unlike karate, Tai Chi has no belt or ranking system because the benefits of Tai Chi can only be felt and not seen. You practice Tai Chi to live better, more calmly, clearly, healthfully, and productively. Tai Chi is a tonic for life. You will see your progress reflected by how you feel, how spry you look in the mirror, how much you love life, and how healthy you are. Isn’t this much better than owning a black belt? However, if you do karate, Tai Chi can help you get that black belt by improving your internal function and grace.

Also, Tai Chi differs from most martial arts in that people of all ages can practice it. Many people with disabilities and ailments practice Tai Chi as therapy. No one is restricted from practicing Tai Chi, and yet Tai Chi can benefit the fittest athletes, just as much as it benefits elderly arthritis sufferers. Tai Chi clubs are sprouting up all over the world, with people from all walks of life.





Tai Chi: Finally an Exercise That Feels Good!

Tai Chi is popular because it is easy to do and provides a gentle workout that doesn’t leave you drained, but energized! Tai Chi’s “effortless” nature is a big stretch for most of us, however, because we associate exercise with force, pain, and tension. In fact, some exercise actually contributes to stress. When I played junior high football in west Texas many years ago, the coaches determined that we were through running when one of us started throwing up. That’s right, upchucking. It was the only time in my life I ever hoped to see someone throw up.

Tai Chi is helping the world get a healthy, enjoyable view of exercise. As a nation, we have adopted a mutant notion of exercise, exemplified by the mantra “no pain, no gain.” This has traumatized many Americans, including myself, leaving an indelible mark on how we view exercise. In Tai Chi we have a mantra, too, “If your exercise causes pain, you’ll get so sick of the thought of it that you’ll never want to do it again.” Ours isn’t as neatly poetic as “no pain, no gain,” but ours makes infinitely more sense. Tai Chi should always, always, always, feel good. And since it does feel good, you will look forward to it. Each morning you will find yourself grateful that you’re alive and able to practice this cool exercise called Tai Chi.








You Are Perfect, and Perfect for Tai Chi

Tai Chi doesn’t begin with the premise that there is “something wrong” that needs to be “fixed, sculpted, lost, or burned off.” It is a very accepting exercise, and helps us remember we are already perfect … but our ability to get better is limitless. Everyone is qualified to do Tai Chi. You don’t have to look good in tights or Spandex to do Tai Chi, although if you do Tai Chi enough, you’ll look pretty good in whatever you like to wear.


Ouch!

Beginning Tai Chi is a big step for many of us, and it is easy to psych yourself out of taking it. Just like the first day we went to kindergarten, we thought of all the “big bad” stuff that would probably happen. But, for most of us, none of that materialized, and in fact we actually had a lot of fun. Take a chance. Dive into life by entering the waters of Tai Chi and QiGong.




Tai Chi and QiGong are for anybody who is dealing with stress. In other words—everybody. Anybody can do Tai Chi. If you’ve picked up a book on Tai Chi, you’ve probably experienced the acute stress of imagining yourself in some of those incredible (seemingly impossible) positions the Tai Chi models pose in for the photos. Relax. Those people are models. Most people do Tai Chi just the way you will do it. Easily and effortlessly. Although Tai Chi was one of the original martial arts, it is now practiced all over the world as a relaxation technique by people of all ages in the same shape you are in, and sometimes in even worse shape.

When you begin an exercise class, you may have the illusion that everybody other than you “belongs” there, and that they are all “good” at it. You will find that everybody goes through the same trials and tribulations. As you lighten up on yourself, you’ll see struggling, growing, and healing are everywhere. Breathe and enjoy; you are among friends.

When you first begin practicing Tai Chi out in the backyard or in your local park, people may stare. Before long, your unique practice of Tai Chi becomes part of the rich texture of the neighborhood, and if you move away, they will miss you. Just as Tai Chi adds to your personal internal charm, your practice adds to the charm of your community.







Tai Chi Goes to the Root of Problems

Life is very complicated, and Tai Chi cannot solve all your problems. However, Tai Chi can help you simplify your life in a big and relaxing way.

Imagine that you’re a tree. While your mind and body are the trunk of that tree, all your “life stuff” is like the many leaves on that tree. Your job, relationships, hobbies, hopes, and problems are all dangling out there on the tips of your life. When your health is bad or you can’t sleep well, this affects the whole tree. You may have problems with your job that may strain your relationships, which in turn will drain the energy you need to pursue your hobbies, making you too tired to have hopeful dreams, and causing your problems to get seemingly bigger and bigger. When you are already beat, trying to figure out how to heal all these sick, shriveled leaves is too much to even think about.


A Tai Chi Punch Line

One old Chinese master lecturing his new students said, “QiGong is said to build character in its practitioners. I don’t know about that, but it will definitely make you into a character.”




However, what if you could pour some magic water on the roots of your tree? Magic that would heal all the sick leaves and cause them to grow larger, to catch more breezes and more sunlight, and more fun! This is what Tai Chi does. By nurturing the very core of your mind and body, Tai Chi makes you better at everything you do. You don’t practice Tai Chi to be better at Tai Chi (although that happens). Each time you practice Tai Chi, you pour healing water on the roots of everything you are. This healing water, or energy, is carried out to the leaves of everything you do, making you the freshest, greenest tree you could ever want to be.


Tai Chi - (Popular Exercise)
Tai Chi is
increasingly popular!

Tai Chi - (Book author)
Bill Douglas (yes, the author of this book) leads the Kansas City Tai Chi Club in what was reported to be the largest gathering of Tai Chi practitioners outside China, at the time. Since World Tai Chi & QiGong Day was launched other massive events now are held annually in cities in 60 nations (See Chapter 24).






Getting to the Root of Tai Chi

One name does not adequately express everything Tai Chi is because Tai Chi nurtures so many aspects of our lives at the root. Although originally a martial art known as Tai Chi Chuan (“supreme ultimate fist”), the shortened name of Tai Chi reflects how it is now viewed, as one of the most effective mind/body exercises in the world. So Tai Chi now refers to “supreme ultimate health exercise,” “supreme ultimate relaxation therapy,” “supreme ultimate balance conditioner, muscle toner, beauty treatment.”

Tai Chi is the supreme ultimate because it goes right to the root of most health problems by relaxing the muscles and mind, aligning the spinal posture, and balancing the energy systems that run through the body, providing them with life energy. It is one of the most soothing, easy, and powerful things you can do for yourself. It is a profound self-improvement tool, a great toning exercise, and an incredible healing art. Whether you want to improve external beauty, mental outlook, or physical health and longevity, Tai Chi heals the roots of your being.







Tai Chi & Qigong / Chi Kung) All-Purpose Medicine

Tai Chi is a highly effective therapy for many injuries or chronic conditions, whether mental, emotional, or physical. The following chapters will discuss different maladies and how Tai Chi treats them. Tai Chi bolsters the immune system, as well, and can actually eliminate problems long before they become an actual physical illness.




An Ultimate Beauty Treatment

Forget about covering up problems with makeup or surgery. Beautify from the inside out instead! Many cells are replaced daily, and almost the entire body is completely replaced every five to seven years. You are literally born anew on some level each and every day of your life. How those cells are reproduced is determined by how the life energy, or Qi, flows through your body. Therefore, you can have a terrific impact on how you age, look, and feel by promoting your Qi flow.






Tai Chi’s Cleansing of the Nervous System Releases Power

Have you ever sat back and noticed how small children never run down? Like the Energizer rabbit, on fast forward, they leap and spring, dance and chat, and chat and chat. Have you ever thought to yourself, “God, I wish I had that energy”? Well, you do have access to that energy (and without doing espresso shooters).




Ouch!

Tai Chi can boost your energy levels tremendously. However, it is important also to get the proper amount of sleep. Do not try to use Tai Chi’s energy boost to replace proper sleep and diet. Tai Chi will promote an all-around healthful lifestyle as you become more subtly attuned to your body’s needs. One aspect of Tai Chi’s quiet mindful movement is that it quiets you down enough to sense the mind and body’s needs, whether it’s more rest, water, and so on.





As human beings, we begin to block our access to that energy as we “mature” by holding onto past grudges, by shouldering responsibilities that are unrealistic, or just because of silly worries. Then we don’t know how to let them go, and we get used to having less and less energy. We can think on a mental level that we want to “stop worrying” or “let go of tension,” but that doesn’t really work. We need life tools that help us let go of these blocks on deep levels in our mind, heart, and body, so that we can open to your flow of life energy.

Tai Chi and QiGong will give you access to simple exercises, which feel good and can open a valve to that limitless energy you thought you had lost forever. The Chinese discovered long ago that these blocks, or our stress, are simply the mind and nervous system squeezing onto grudges, worries, or even desires. Just as our muscles can tighten when tense, our mind and heart can grip tension too, and we have to be taught how to let go of their squeezing grip on life issues. So the goal of these ancient exercises is to wash our nervous system clean, so our mind can be fresh and vibrant like a newborn baby’s, while still remembering the important stuff, like stopping at red lights and dressing before going to work.

Seriously, as we let go of most of the meaningless, irritating debris bouncing around in our mind, we have more space and energy for really important ideas to surface. Important memories like the bill we forgot to pay, or realizations like we forgot to tell someone how much you care about them. Tai Chi’s slow, soothing movements provide that calm open space, even in the very center of the rat race.



Sage Sifu Says

I used to hold the world on my shoulders

til my tense muscles felt like very heavy boulders.

Then one day Sifu said, "This world needs no holders,

so breathe and relax your bony little shoulders."

so I did!

Tai Chi poem






A Fountain of Youth

America is not into the “aging” thing. What Americans spend on cosmetic surgery attests to that. Tai Chi will help you get over that prejudice, while also slowing the aging process in many ways. The Chinese believe as we practice Tai Chi it returns us to a state of “child-likeness” (but not childishness), where we see the world with fresh eyes. This allows us the freedom to reinvent ourselves easily and constantly, just as children do, enabling us to flow with the changes of life. We can once again be flexible and exuberant, while still benefiting from the wisdom of experience (like being able to hit our mouth with the spoon, well, most of the time). So Tai Chi has the ability to renew us, and through that renewal enhance our strength, health, and creativity.

Tai Chi is based on the principle that the world doesn’t need to be held up by our worrying mind and tense body. In fact, we are much more helpful to the world (and far more enjoyable to be around) if we can let go of as much stress as possible. Realizing this principle is the first big step to letting Tai Chi reopen you to your own personal rejuvenating “fountain of energy”!







Explaining Tai Chi: History and Premise

Tai Chi is unique. Although it is in a way 2,000 years old, it is at the cutting edge of modern Western medical research. Tai Chi is ancient yet modern, Eastern yet increasingly Western. Using Tai Chi is a way to get the most benefit out of all worlds, old and new, East and West. In fact, Western science is embracing Tai Chi very rapidly. Almost every month a new study seems to find yet another thing Tai Chi can treat, cure, or improve. A researcher at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell said Tai Chi is about to explode (in popularity) as medical practitioners discover the time-tested technique.

In fact each new Tai Chi player educates more people on Tai Chi, and sometimes in odd ways. One of my students was practicing Tai Chi in the park in a suburb of Kansas City one morning when a police officer approached him to ask if he was all right. The officer said someone had called and reported somebody was having a “problem” in the park. So it may behoove you to know a bit more about Tai Chi in case you need to do some fast-talking. The following will help.





Historical Tai Chi

For an exercise that is so made to order for modern life, it is amazing to realize that Tai Chi is thought to be about 1,200 years old. Furthermore, Tai Chi is an expanded version of a more ancient exercise called QiGong, which may be at least 2,000 years old. Tai Chi’s moving exercises are done very slowly, like slow motion kung fu. In days of old, Tai Chi (or Tai Chi Ch’uan) was primarily a martial art. It is believed that Buddhist and Taoist monks began practicing Tai Chi forms in monasteries (yes, like the Shao Lin Temple) for two reasons: One, to promote health because they were out of shape from sitting around meditating all the time; and two, because they were so out of shape, they couldn’t defend themselves, and bandits would come and beat them up before taking their valuables. (And you thought you had stress!)







Modern Tai Chi

When most people first join a Tai Chi or QiGong class, they are not quite sure what they are getting themselves into. Most have a mother, a doctor, a friend, a daughter, or son telling them, “This Tai Chi stuff is the greatest thing since sliced bread and you have gotta try it!” However, these enthusiasts can’t quite explain why you’ve gotta try it. So the following is for you, or whoever’s been trying to explain it to you.




Tai Sci

Biofeedback uses a computer program to train people how to relax when under stress. The computer shows them when their blood pressure goes up and their heart beats faster so that they can then practice relaxing and slowing things down. Dr. Gary Green, a leading biofeedback specialist, refers to Tai Chi as “biofeedback without the computer.”





In modern terms, Tai Chi and QiGong are ancient systems of biofeedback and classical conditioning. Traditional Chinese doctors of long ago noted that our natural tendency is to hold onto stress, which bogs down the brain. They therefore created exercises that would train the mind and the body not only to continually dump stress, but also to actually change the way the body handles future stress (not the way your kids change the way you handle stress, but in a good way).

As Tai Chi players move through their slow motion movements, their mind becomes calm, their breathing deepens and slows, and their muscles relax. All this happens while the muscles are toning, making it a very efficient exercise. But, forget about efficiency, Tai Chi should be done as though you were going to do it forever. If you try to “hurry up and relax,” it doesn’t work as well. By proceeding slowly with Tai Chi, and making it a game, you will be much more likely to enjoy it and to stick with it. Chapter 2, “Let’s Get Physical,” explains how even in Tai Chi’s easy going way, there is great power and dramatic physical benefit awaiting you, no matter what style of Tai Chi you enjoy.

Refer to this book’s valuable insert DVD to view non-instructional exhibitions of a Mulan Basic Short Form and a Tai Chi Long Form, to get a feel for the soothing un-hurried flow of Tai Chi motion, with a calmness that all styles promote.



The Least You Need to Know

> Tai Chi reduces stress and slows the aging process.

> Everybody can do Tai Chi.

> Tai Chi restores the power of youthful exuberance.

> Tai Chi is an efficient therapy that can improve all aspects of your life.

> By clearing the mind, Tai Chi reminds you that life is a miracle.

Above are excerpts from The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong 3rd edition.

The new 4th edition, of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong, has nearly 150 web-video support videos to compliment the 300 detailed illustrated instructions. Permission is required to reprint any of the above text. You can reach the author at wtcqd2000@aol.com