Tai Chi for Diabetes
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Physician and tai chi expert Paul Lam has created a 77-minute tai chi workout with movements specifically chosen for those with both Type I and Type II diabetes. In the seven-minute introduction, Australian medical experts explain the disease and endorse tai chi, with its gentle combination of muscle-strengthening and relaxation exercises, as ideal for diabetic patients. Then Lam and his assistants begin a program of warm-ups, stretches, and qigong movements designed to improve energy along the meridians affected by diabetes. (Lam explains meridians as part of the Chinese concept of Qi--"life energy"--and how they affect the body.) They follow with both basic and advanced dance-like movements, which have such delightful monikers as "fair lady working at the shuttle" and "waving hands in the cloud." Lam includes a separate demonstration without instruction for those who master the movements and want a fluid routine to follow. --Kimberly Heinrichs
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This video is best for someone who is learning the 56 Chen form in a class or for an advanced Taiji practitioner looking to learn this form.
The video has both front and back demonstrations and a section that slowly breaks down the form move by move. One can definitely learn the form with this video and some dedication.
What this video lacks is any deep explanation of fundamental Chen Taiji principals such as Silk Reeling, but it serves as a great source for the basic choreography of the 56 Chen form.