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    • ISBN:9781444129274
    • Publication date:29 Jan 2010
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Find Peace With Tai Chi

A beginner's guide to the ideas and essential principles of Tai Chi

By Robert Parry

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  • £12.99

Use this straightforward and thoughtful introduction to the ancient art of Tai Chi to learn how to find both spiritual and physical well-being.

Is this the right book for me?

This is the perfect introduction for beginners who want to learn the essential principles behind Tai Chi without overcomplicated instructions or confusing detail. You will learn the basic ideas and get into the Tai Chi way of thinking before picking up the 'form' and exercises through a series of simple illustrations designed for all abilities, leaving you with the perfect antidote to the stresses of 21st-century life.


Find Peace with Tai Chi includes:

Chapter 1: Background
What does 'tai chi' mean?
The tai chi form
Origins of tai chi
How long does it take to learn?
What are the benefits?
The nature of ch'i
Atmospheric ch'i

Chapter 2: Gently does it
How fast? How slow?
Breathing made visible
Practice
Getting started

Chapter 3: Tips and suggestions
Dos and don'ts
Posture
Basic stances
Getting about

Chapter 4: The form - part one
Step-by-step instructions

Chapter 5: The form - part two
Step-by-step instructions

Chapter 6: In depth
Additional notes on the movement
Test your knowledge
Chapter 7: Tai chi and health
Circulation
Breathing
Lymph
Nerves, sensations and thoughts
Food and how to deal with it
Bones
Muscles
Glands
Urinary and reproductive systems
Sex
Staying healthy

Chapter 8: Tai chi - the learning experience
Questions in class
Letters and correspondence

Chapter 9: Body, mind and spirit
Finding a teacher
Between heaven and earth
Ch'i kung
The five elements: pathways between body and mind
Taoism



Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:

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One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

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Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.

Test yourself
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

Extend your knowledge
Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.

Five things to remember
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.

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Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Biographical Notes

Robert Parry has taught tai chi extensively at adult education level. His techniques are infused with a rich understanding of acupuncture and oriental medicine, both of which he has studied formally.

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  • ISBN: 9781444101119
  • Publication date: 29 Jan 2010
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Teach Yourself
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