I became interested in Tai Chi, one of the best known martial arts from ancient China (more information and history). I’ve been receiving acupuncture, and I wanted to try something myself to nurture my internal energy, qi, to enhance my wellness. I don’t want you to think Tai Chi is a mere workout or exercise; it is an art.
I came across Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health series on YouTube. I watched the free first lessons, and I was very impressed with the slow pace, thorough instructions of every step, and helpful explanation of Tai Chi philosophy. The slow pace and detailed instruction are must for me. I often get frustrated with yoga classes both in person and videos because the pace is too fast, and the instruction isn’t always clear. Dr. Lam’s calm and kind voice alone makes you peaceful and happy. You feel like he is really there in front of you to guide you through.
I bought Tai Chi for Energy (outside USA), and I am in the middle of the 8-lesson course. In each lesson, you will learn only a segment of the complete sequence of movements (3 minutes in total). Each lesson goes over the previous learned forms, and the sequence gets longer. I practice each lesson for 3-4 days before moving on to the next lesson because I’m so looking forward to the next lesson although my movement isn’t smooth yet. The reason I said Tai Chi is an art is the first movement you learn is to put the foot apart. You have to put your mind to every single movement, however simple and subtle it is. Tai Chi trains your mind to slow down and concentrate. It takes time and many practices to “master” seemingly easy flow of slow movements. It can be very difficult for some people to slow down, but once you let yourself go and follow the flow, it will be very calming as well as revitalizing.
This page shows you what DVDs you can start with. Tai Chi is proven beneficial especially for people with arthritis, and Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis is endorsed by Arthritis Foundations and CDC. There are many other DVDs such as Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, and Tai Chi for Osteoporosis.
I am not getting compensation for promoting the products. I simply believe that they are the best DVDs to learn Tai Chi.