This book is designed to guide beginning students through the fundamentals of tai chi in ten weeks. Dr. Aihan Kuhn teaches readers the twenty-four-step Yang-style form. She shares insight on warming up, healing, and avoiding injury. But tai chi is more than just a physical exercise. It is a way of life. Dr. Kuhn shows readers how this art helps us cultivate health, balance, and qi (energy). Each day millions of people around the world practice tai chi for wellness, focus, and self-defense. This is a lifelong path. For the novice, that idea can be exciting but also daunting. With all the books, videos, and websites on tai chi, where do you begin? Tai Chi in 10 Weeks is the answer. Dr. Aihan Kuhn is a master instructor of tai chi and qigong. In this book she shares the lessons she's learned in a lifetime of studying and teaching. She is warm and encouraging, making readers of all ages and backgrounds feel welcome. This book features - A ten-week calendar to guide you through your introduction to tai chi- Over 200 beautiful full-color photos- Warm, welcoming instruction from a master of tai chi and qigong With this book you will - Learn the twenty-four-step Yang-style form- Understand the fundamentals of tai chi- Discover not just the physical postures of tai chi, but also its psychological, emotional, and spiritual benefits -Tai chi is a life journey, - Dr. Kuhn writes. -Part of my success is from my patients and students that understand that prevention requires participation. They practice tai chi and qigong on a regular basis, which is key to their healing. That brings me to the title of this book. Can you really learn tai chi in 10 weeks? You cannot become a master, of course, but you can learn the fundamentals of this art. You can build the foundation for this life-changing journey. Tai Chi in 10 Weeks is your roadmap.-
Dr. Aihan Kuhn, C.M.D. DIPL. OBT. is an internationally recognized expert instructor of tai chi, qigong, and tui na. She is a medical doctor trained in both Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. Dr. Kuhn graduated from Hunan Medical University in Changsha, China, and served as an OB-GYN in Chinese hospitals. She has studied tai chi and qigong since 1978. Her previous books are Natural Healing with Qigong (2004) and Simple Chinese Medicine (2009), both available from YMAA Publication Center. Dr. Kuhn is president of the Tai Chi Qigong Healing Institute. She lives and teaches in Sarasota, Florida.
Table of Contents A Word From Dr.Kuhn Preface The Student's Moral Character Introduction to Tai Chi What is Tai Chi How Tai Chi and Qi Gong Work in the Human Healing Process The Health Benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong Practice How Tai Chi and Qi Gong Prevent Brain Aging and Memory Loss The Difference between Tai Chi and Qi Gong Fundamental Principles of Tai Chi Practice Tai Chi Mental Status and Physical Postures Tai Chi Basic Movement Requirements Tai Chi Practice Requirements Tai Chi Mentality Requirement How to Avoid Injuries in Tai Chi Practice Suggestions and Precautions Guidelines for Your Learning Journey Warm-Up Exercises Tai Chi Basics (Exercise Sequence) Tai Chi Qi Gong (Exercise Sequence) 10 Week Learning Guidelines Tai Chi Chuan Form Self-Check List - Where Am I In Tai Chi Practice? Glossary Appendix Index About the Author