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BodyWisdom Media: Tai Chi for Beginners
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TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS is the perfect way to explore and experience the numerous benefits of Tai Chi, no matter what shape you are in. This ancient, physical & meditative practice of the Yang style 24 posture form is designed to build strength, improve health & flexibility, reduce stress, increase energy flow, promote health & wellness and relax your mind. These 8 easy-to-follow lessons teach the Tai Chi postures with clear, step-by-step instructions. The routines are low-impact with modifications taught for less-flexible people. World-renowned Tai Chi master Chris Pei leads you through customized lessons ranging from 10 to 30 minutes. This safe and effective program is suitable for every body, all ages and schedules.
DVD HIGHLIGHTS: - 8 customized lessons to learn the Yang style Tai Chi 24 form
. - Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.
- Exclusive Interview with the instructor.
- Modifications of poses for less-flexible people.
- Routines from 10 - 30 minutes
- Over 3.5 hours of instruction
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consumers -- you need to find a video where you can easily follow along, so look for a instructor who either mirrors the moves or who turns his back to you, so you can see what foot and arm to use.
- camera angles change throughout each lesson to clearly show important details from front, sides, and rear
- in each of the 8 lessons, 3 moves are taught slowly and repeatedly without rushing
- instructor points out minor but important details, and also the things that beginners often do wrong
- good video and sound quality - the instructor is easily heard over the soft music
- includes a separate warmup routine, and shows all 24 moves from beginning to end so you can do it with him after learning them all
- simple menu navigation
- optional subtitles
- like on any tai chi DVD, at times you will need to deal with the "mirror image problem", but the changing camera angles minimize this.
- some people will be frustrated by the slow-paced lessons, but this is necessary to learn the proper details of the moves
Tai Chi Lessons Gone Digital
I bought this DVD because I’m really interested in the health benefits touted by tai chi practitioners. I have always wanted to take a class or join a group, but I’m kind of shy. I also worry about looking clumsy and foolish. I guess I’m afraid of failing, which is pretty dumb. I guess I have always been this way. That’s why I prefer to just exercise at home. Basically, I rely on my fitness DVDs and the little home gym that I’m slowly building. For the past year, I’ve spent most of my time on HIIT workouts demonstrated in my The Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels DVDs. However, I felt there was something missing from my workout routines. I was doing crunches, planks and burpees, but nothing was helping me to find my center or inner balance. But then one day, I came across this relaxing program playing at my physical therapist’s office. It was called, “Tai Chi for Beginners.” Thanks to the typical 30-minute wait in the waiting room, I was able to watch an entire 30-minute lesson. (There are eight lessons on the disc.) The tai chi master’s name was Chris Pei and his voice had a calming effect. He was graceful and his explanations were easy to understand. Right then, a switch went off in my head. So I asked my physical therapist about the DVD and she said that Tai Chi was instrumental in helping her to lower her blood pressure. She believed in it so much that she wanted to share it with her patients. I purchased the DVD as soon as I went home.
The Bottom Line
I like this DVD because of Chris Pei’s easy to follow instructions. I am surprised at how much content he packs into this disc. There are eight lessons, which equates to 3.5 hours of instruction. Another thing that I appreciate is how Pei gives modifications for people who lack flexibility such as my parents. I’ve been trying to get my parents into tai chi, so having these modifications is valuable to me. These lessons are great for people who zero tai chi experience. I really feel that I’m learning from a master who genuinely who genuinely wants to impart his knowledge to others. The production value of the DVD is not super high, but it doesn’t need to be. I’ve wasted good money on tai chi DVDs by GAIAM that were too difficult to follow along with.
The only situation I experienced is: After searching all parts of the DVD, I could not find "White Crane Separates It' Wings." Can someone help this retired Submariner? Please!!! Gene: email@example.com
So this DVD with Tai Chi Master, Chris Pei, will helps you works on the moves to improves your balances and fitnesses. After learning the moves your sense of balance will be so good that you'll be able to dance across a 100 yard long grease covered high wire while spinning ten plates simultaneously, one on each finger, and composing a poem, with a pen in your mouth, about the scales of justice. You may also be able to ride a bike, in the street, without training wheels, but that's probably for the more advanced students. So, if you want to get fit and improve your balance, while learning a martial art then this is for you. If, on the other hand, you want to drink hot Indian beverages, then it's not.