Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong

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  • 2014
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Science shows that tai chi and qigong are good medicine and good exercise. Discover the secrets of health and serenity with these 24 in-depth lessons from a renowned tai chi champion and instructor.

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The Evolution of Tai Chi
24. The Evolution of Tai Chi
November 14, 2014
After warming up with a final qigong exercise, analyze how tai chi is helping millions in the Western world adapt to the challenges of 21st-century life. Then learn the concluding exercises of the short form: Deflect Downward, Parry, and Punch; and Closing the Door. See how everything you've learned comes together while performing the entire 24-movement series.
Taking Practice Deeper
23. Taking Practice Deeper
November 14, 2014
Mr. Ross devotes this entire lesson to the 24-movement short form, showing you how to take your practice to a deeper level by mastering subtleties in the poses and transitions. Go through all the moves you have learned so far.
Energy Flow in Your Surroundings
22. Energy Flow in Your Surroundings
November 14, 2014
Qigong manipulates the flow of qi in your body. Learn how the art of feng shui allows you to harmonize qi energy in your surrounding environment. Also investigate the ancient Chinese five element theory. Close with Opening the Arms Like a Fan in the short form.
Flow at Work - When Business Is in Balance
21. Flow at Work - When Business Is in Balance
November 14, 2014
Discover how to integrate the outlook and practice of tai chi into your work life. Study a routine that you can do in your office or cubicle, as it requires only one step in each direction. Then, learn Looking for the Needle at the Bottom of the Sea.
Creating Space for Choices
20. Creating Space for Choices
November 14, 2014
Imagine what it would be like if you were never entrapped by stress again. Thanks to your study of tai chi and qigong, this blissful state is already in your grasp. For your next segment of the 24-movement routine, perform Fair Lady Works at Shuttles.
Mental and Physical Flow
19. Mental and Physical Flow
November 14, 2014
Experiencing life with balance and harmony requires that you master flow, which is a traditional principle of tai chi. Look at both mental and physical aspects of flow. Then for the short form, study Rooster Stands on One Leg on the other side.
Using the Mind - Inner Organizing Principles
18. Using the Mind - Inner Organizing Principles
November 14, 2014
Focus on tai chi's organizing principles, which underlie everything you have learned in the course. These include the balance of yin and yang; softness overcomes hardness; and use mind, not strength. Close with Snake Creeps through the Grass on the other side.
Tai Chi Weapons - When Hands Are Not Empty
17. Tai Chi Weapons - When Hands Are Not Empty
November 14, 2014
As students advance in tai chi, they move from empty hands forms to weapons play, which has the same elegant choreography but with sticks, swords, or spears. Try out this ancient martial art, seeing how even everyday objects can be used for practice. Then master a new movement in the short form: Rooster Stands on One Leg.
Eight Pieces of Brocade and a Better Back
16. Eight Pieces of Brocade and a Better Back
November 14, 2014
Learn the last movement in the qigong series called the Eight Pieces of Brocade. Then go through the entire routine from the beginning, concentrating on how qigong and tai chi promote correct posture and a better back. Close with Snake Creeps through the Grass from the short form routine.
A Superior Workout - Use More of Your Muscles
15. A Superior Workout - Use More of Your Muscles
November 14, 2014
How can the slow dance of tai chi compete with running or weightlifting as a workout? The secret is that tai chi activates many muscles at the same time, burning calories at a high rate. For the short form routine, practice Stand Up and Kick on the other side.
Reading the Tai Chi Classics
14. Reading the Tai Chi Classics
November 14, 2014
Study the oldest and newest chapters in the Tai Chi Classics, watching Mr. Ross demonstrate the principles of proper tai chi technique as he recites the texts. Then learn one of the more martial movements in the 24-part lesson: Boxing Both Ears.
Tai Chi Legends - Stories of the Masters
13. Tai Chi Legends - Stories of the Masters
November 14, 2014
Marvel at the amazing exploits of classic tai chi masters, including two legendary champions, Zhang San-Feng and Wang Tsung-Yueh, and a historical figure, Yang Lu-Chan, who invented the Yang style. Conclude with another segment of the short form: Stand Up and Kick with Heel.
A Healthy Weight and a Healthy Mind
12. A Healthy Weight and a Healthy Mind
November 14, 2014
Continue your study of tai chi and health by looking at its documented benefits for treating obesity and Alzheimer's disease. Then reach the halfway point in your study of the 24-movement short form with a pose called High Pat on Horse.
Benefits to the Heart and Immune System
11. Benefits to the Heart and Immune System
November 14, 2014
Delve into clinical studies showing that tai chi excels as a non-pharmaceutical treatment for heart and lung disease, as well as being a valuable adjunct to cancer therapy. In the short form, repeat Single Whip.
The Third Pillar - Standing Meditation
10. The Third Pillar - Standing Meditation
November 14, 2014
Experience the feeling of standing with proper alignment as you explore the third pillar of tai chi: standing meditation. Experiment with a qigong exercise called Standing Like a Tree. Then lose yourself in the next dream-like sequence of the 24 movements: Waving Hands Like Clouds.
The Second Pillar - Push Hands for Two
9. The Second Pillar - Push Hands for Two
November 14, 2014
Begin a new qigong series called the Eight Pieces of Brocade. Next, explore the second pillar of tai chi practice: push hands, which involves gentle but challenging sparring with a partner. End with a movement called Single Whip.
The First Pillar of Practice - Forms
8. The First Pillar of Practice - Forms
November 14, 2014
Learn how to walk with mindfulness. Then study the first pillar of tai chi practice: forms, which are the choreographed dance-like movements that most people associate with tai chi. For the short form routine, practice Grasp the Bird's Tail on the right side.
Energy Exercise - A Branch of Chinese Medicine
7. Energy Exercise - A Branch of Chinese Medicine
November 14, 2014
Deepen your understanding of qi and its role in traditional Chinese medicine, which is radically different from Western medicine. Discover how qigong and tai chi are designed to manipulate qi energy. Close by performing the next movement in the short form: Grasp the Bird's Tail on the left side.
Qigong and the Five Animal Frolics
6. Qigong and the Five Animal Frolics
November 14, 2014
Learn the final posture in the qigong series called the Frolic of the Five Animals. Then explore the ancient concept of qi, the life force that underlies the practice of qigong and tai chi. Finally, add Repulse the Monkey to your repertoire of the 24-movement short form.
The Five Families of Tai Chi Practice
5. The Five Families of Tai Chi Practice
November 14, 2014
Branch out from the Yang style to see how other families of tai chi perform the movement called Single Whip. Mr. Ross also explains the fascinating history of the five families: Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu/Hao, and Sun. Close with Playing the Pipa in the short form.
The Ultimate Martial Art
4. The Ultimate Martial Art
November 14, 2014
Tai chi as a martial art is called tai chi chuan (taijiquan), which can be translated as "the ultimate martial art." Investigate the defense and fighting aspects of tai chi, which deepen your appreciation for the power behind this seemingly gentle art. Then learn Brush Knee and Push in the short form.
Harmony and Balance
3. Harmony and Balance
November 14, 2014
Continue with the Frolic of the Five Animals. Then delve into the concept of harmony and balance embodied in the idea of yin and yang, which inspires the philosophy and practice of tai chi. Close with Crane Spreads Wings in the short form routine.
First Steps in a Journey
2. First Steps in a Journey
November 14, 2014
Start the first of the qigong exercises, called the Frolic of the Five Animals. You also begin a regular routine of simple tai chi drills. Then learn the first two movements in the 24-movement short form: Opening the Door and Parting the Wild Horse's Mane.
1. The Snake and the Crane
1. 1. The Snake and the Crane
November 13, 2014
David-Dorian Ross recounts the history of tai chi and qigong, which are closely related practices. Then he introduces the Yang family short form of 24 individual movements, which is the most widely performed tai chi routine. He closes with his top ten tips for your personal practice. #Better Living
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Science shows that tai chi and qigong are good medicine and good exercise. Discover the secrets of health and serenity with these 24 in-depth lessons from a renowned tai chi champion and instructor. Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on November 13, 2014.

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  • Premiere Date
    November 13, 2014