3 comments for “Tai Chi Basics

  1. javajunki "javajunki"
    November 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Really Nice Intro to Tai Chi – excellent I’m a total novice to Tai Chi and to be perfectly frank, have zero interest in the “energy” or other mind/emotion/spiritual aspects. My sole interest is in the stretching and movement in order to help counter sitting at a desk all day and the resulting tightness. Additionally, I have arthritis in my neck which becomes problematic when lifting weights or other more strenuous exercises that “jump around”.Frankly, I purchased this and the other video by the same author because it was low cost and if I didn’t like it, I wasn’t out much. It very quickly became my new favorite! The narration is just right…not so sporadic as to leave you wondering what to do or where you are at and not invasive. The music is lovely. Unlike the other video which was filmed outside and quite beautiful, this was a studio but still very well done.One thing I really like about this is the ability to practice the movements at different levels of intensity…if I’m having a good day, it’s simple to modify for a more intense workout. A bad day is still beneficial but I use a more upright approach. My spouse has even started joining me in this and also enjoys it immensely.The workout itself leaves me feeling significantly more relaxed yet challenged at the same time. To date, I’ve purchased about 10 of these different video’s/styles and this one is at or near the top of my favorite list (along with flexibility by Dr. Sang Kim).

  2. Julia
    November 7, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Excellent Workout I kept reading about how good Tai Chi was for people with Fibromyalgia, so I decided to give it a try. This video was cheap and it appeared to have good reviews, so I figured it was worth a try. I loved it. Unlike yoga it doesn’t cause me pain but gives me a good stretch and I feel like i get a good workout. I actually feel BETTER after I do it. Also, it’s easy to customize how deep you go into the positions to get a deeper workout. My husband has also started working out to this video regularly and really enjoys it.The video is broken down into really 4 sections. The beginning is just a nice little warm up that gets your body relaxed and moving. The next step is the initial Tai Chi poses. You hold each pose for about 30 seconds and you can go as deep as you are comfortable. The second phase has you repeating each pose 3 times alternating sides, getting you used to moving into and out of the poses. Again you can go as deep as you like for more strength. The final stage has you moving through the poses in a series, getting deeper as you go. It ends with stretching and cooling. There is also a Q&A with the instructor giving you a little more info about Tai Chi and Qui Gong as well as the instructor and his background.I really like the instructor and will be looking for others by him.

  3. ShuttleGlen "Glen"
    November 7, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Avoid Instant Video purchase If you purchase this item on Amazon Instant Video, you only get one of the two programs. Further there is no menu and no efficient way to move between routines. Might be OK for complete novices but not much use for someone looking to customize a workout.

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