Simplified Tai Chi for Beginners - 24 Form (YMAA Tai Chi Exercise) Helen Liang **NEW BESTSELLER**
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Deep breathing and whole body movement stimulate your health and immunity. PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS! Tai Chi Health in 6 Minutes. Simplified Tai Chi 24 for Beginners DVD is the perfect way to experience the amazing health benefits of a shortened tai chi form, no matter your current fitness level. The ancient art of tai chi is often described as “moving meditation” because it stimulates your mind, body, and spirit. The simplified 24-posture form is taught and demonstrated in detail by Master Helen Liang in short, easy-to-follow sections. This popular form is shown clearly from multiple angles, with step-by-step instructions. With this 6-minute tai chi form, you’ll feel stronger and more energized. Tai chi is known for improving balance and keeping the mind sharp and positive. This tai chi form is excellent for beginners at any age, those who want a low-impact whole-body exercise, and those with limited time. Easy-to-follow step-by-step instruction. Front and rear view demonstrations. The most popular tai chi form in the world. The tai chi 24 form takes only 6 minutes to practice but offers benefits for your entire life.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 6 x 0.5 inches; 0.5 Ounces
- Director : David Silver
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 140 minutes
- Release date : October 31, 2011
- Actors : Helen Liang
- Studio : YMAA Publication Center
- ASIN : B0176SAQIY
- Number of discs : 1
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First, Miss Liang does a walk-through of the movements where she explains and shows how each movement is done. She performs slowly and points out the little moves which might be overlooked by the viewer. She does the Basic Guidlines with an explanation and importance of posture as well as the movements.
In the following chapter the instructor, Miss Liang, does the actual forms which are shown in detail and all the while giving a talk through of the movements. Miss Liang goes through the exercises in such an effortless flow that she makes the viewer want to get up and start practicing immediately. The forms are done in real time and once learned are easy to follow along. Views of the forms are shown in front, side and rear so they are easier to learn and show how they should be performed properly.
This interesting and entertaining DVD is more than worth the money and would lay an excellent foundation for anyone who desires to learn Tai Chi. The serious student could use this as a learning tool while studying under a Tai Chi instructor or to try to learn the basics on his/her own.
Miss Liang also explains that the student should practice several times a week over a period over several months in order to become more proficient. As she says, it cannot be learned overnight but it is worth the effort to gain the knowledge of beginning Tai Chi.
Highly recommended for the beginner student and an excellent tune-up for the Intermediate.
I would highly recommend this for anyone with chronic illness. I can truly tell a difference in how I feel. The help with my coordination problem feels like a bonus compared with the health benefits I'm experiencing.
Fortunately YMAA offers an app which can be "unlocked" for $9.99 and it contains the same materials. Note that the app is free to download, but if you don't purchase the "unlock" as an in-app purchase for the aforesaid $9.99, the app will be totally useless. It's not exactly a scam, they are apparently afraid if they tell you up front the app really costs $9.99, no one will buy it.
So don't do what I did and buy the DVD, then later have to buy the app anyway. Go straight to the app! (Which doesn't run on Fire tablets, btw).
In terms of content, I much prefer the Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine rendition of the 24 Form (the national standardized form) by Sifu Zou Yunjian on YouTube as uploaded by kungfumagazine dot com on May 16, 2013 (there is also a rear view by the same professor but the moves aren't as beautiful). BUT I can't download YouTube videos and carry them around, and there is no breakdown of the separate moves to help me catch the details. There is no doubt that Helen Liang is terrific and I think this (the YMMA app or the old-tech DVD) is the best reference for the 24.
You probably can't learn the form on your own if you are new to tai chi unless you attend a class. You CAN learn if you have some prior experience. And if you are attending a class in the 24, this is a perfect supplement.
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Something to be aware of is that the form shown requires more space to perform than you might think. If you are looking for something that can be performed in a smaller space, then "Simply Tai Chi" (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Simply-Tai-Chi-Book-Gift/dp/1741577799/) might be a better place to start. Whether that would deliver the same benefits is more open to question. Otherwise, finding a DVD on the Wu style of tai chi, which is performed with a smaller "frame", might enable practice to happen where space is more limited.
The self-defence applications of the movements seem a little fanciful, if I'm being completely honest. If that's your focus, you are probably better served elsewhere anyway. My main reason for buying this was to improve general health, and it continues to serve that purpose well. It's for this reason that the DVD gets five stars.