Tai Chi is New to Many of Us. How Does it Work?
Is it something new? Something hard to learn?
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Q. Why can’t we just do Tai chi with the DVD? Isn’t it easier than using an audio CD?
A. Studies have shown that when we stare at a TV of screen that our attention goes there. The benefits of Tai Chi are greater when we focus inside. Please use the video CD to learn the moves. You probably won’t need to use it more than twice. For regular practice, use the audio CD. Listen to the soothing voice and the music and focus inside your body. The relaxation will be enhanced.
Q. What is the best time of day to practice Tai Chi?
A. Tai Chi is great in the morning when you just wake up. Start by tapping on your body to wake up the energy. It is good when you begin to feel tired in the afternoon and need to get your energy flowing again. It is perfect if you feel nervous or tense and need to breathe and focus to calm down. It is also good before going to bed to relax your mind so you can fall asleep more easily. Try the energy ball at bedtime. So there is no special time to do Tai Chi, but you might do different movements at different times of the day depending on your needs.
Q. If I only have 5 minutes to do Tai Chi is that OK?
A. Yes, it is. Five minutes is much better than nothing. You can do the Tai Chi Moves that you need at that moment to give you a break, to get refocused, to calm down, to renew your energy.
Q. How is this different from the traditional forms of Tai Chi? I tried one that was very difficult. Will I really be able to learn this? And do it with my children?
A. Tai Chi is an extremely beautiful martial art that has given practitioners good health and peace for centuries. But it can be hard to get started. It is different from the type of exercise most of us are used to. That is why I simplified the movements. In our very busy lives, I wanted to offer you something that is easy to learn, easy to fit into your day, easy to feel inside and pleasant to do, even on your own. If you look at the Cd rom in the computer that comes with the set, you will see how simple the moves are. Then practice with the audio CD. There are 12 tracks so you can pick one or two tracks or more – whatever you have time to do. And you can change the order. It one feels just right at the moment, that is the one to do.
Q. This says it is for kids. Can it work with the elderly?
A. Yes, absolutely. The simplicity of this program means it is a great place for anyone to begin. I am hoping it will be a great introduction for you so you can easily begin to know and enjoy Tai Chi Moves
Q. Does this really work for kids with autism?
A. My first work with children was with two young adolescents with autistic spectrum disorder. I had the pleasure of working with them one on one for many months. The results were fantastic. It was these two kids that encouraged me to make a program that would work for everyone.
Read more about studies that have been done on Tai Chi and Children.