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Inner Structure of Tai Chi Mastering the Classic Forms of Tai Chi Chi Kung

ISBN-10: 1594770581
ISBN-13: 9781594770586
Edition: 2nd 2005
Authors: Mantak Chia, Juan Li
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Description: Explores the deep, internal work necessary for the effective practice of tai chi? Reveals the Taoist principles that gave birth to the Yang-style tai chi forms? Shows how tai chi can circulate powerful healing energies through the bodyTaoist adepts  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Inner Traditions International, Limited
Publication date: 12/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Explores the deep, internal work necessary for the effective practice of tai chi? Reveals the Taoist principles that gave birth to the Yang-style tai chi forms? Shows how tai chi can circulate powerful healing energies through the bodyTaoist adepts developed tai chi as both a martial art and a way to cultivate their physical body, energy body, and spirit body. Like all Taoist exercises, its main purpose is to form a connection to the basic energy that is the foundation of all life: "chi." Until the beginning of the twentieth century, tai chi was considered a secret practice that was passed down only within a closely knit structure of family and loyal disciples. Despite its widespread growth in popularity as a martial art and health exercise, many of its underlying internal practices remain unknown."The Inner Structure of Tai Chi" explores the deep, internal work necessary for the effective practice of tai chi. Designed for practitioners at every level, the book contains step-by-step illustrated instructions for mastering the 13 forms of early Yang-style tai chi, also known as Tai Chi Chi Kung. The authors demonstrate the relationship of the inner structure of tai chi to the absorption, transformation, and circulation of the three forces that animate all life--the Universal force, the Cosmic force, and the Earth force--revealing the principles and practices necessary to receive the full spectrum of physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits that tai chi can bring.

A student of several Taoist masters, Mantak Chia founded the Healing Tao System in North America in 1979 and developed it worldwide as European Tao Yoga and Universal Healing Tao. He has taught and certified tens of thousands of students and instructors from all over the world and tours the United States annually, giving workshops and lectures. He is the director of the Tao Garden Health Spa and the Universal Healing Tao training center in northern Thailand and is the author of 50 books, including Taoist Foreplay, Inner Smile, Cosmic Fusion, Sexual Reflexology, and the bestselling The Multi-Orgasmic Man.

Juan Li is a senior Universal Tao instructor who began his studies with Mantak Chia in 1982 and now presents these teachings throughout Western Europe. He lives in Spain.

Acknowledgments
Putting Tai Chi Chi Kung into Practice
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
The Origins of Tai Chi Chi Kung
Why Practice Tai Chi Chi Kung?
Basic Principles of Tai Chi Chi Kung
Warm-Up Exercises and Preparation
Tai Chi Chi Kung Thirteen Movement Form
Sequence for Home Practice
Yin/Yang and Inner Smile Form
Rooting and Grounding: Connecting with the Earth
Transferring Chi Through the Body
Activating the Tendons
Tan Tien Form
Healing Form: Connecting the Organs with the Five Directions
Skin- and Bone-Breathing Form
Integrated Structure Form
Steel Wrapped in Cotton: Martial Arts Applications
Dance of the Tao
Energetic Preparations for Tai Chi Chi Kung
Tai Chi Physiology
Bibliography
About the Authors
The Universal Tao System and Training Center

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