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Tai Chi for Aging with Strength and Tranquility

Relax and flow into lower stress and better health with help from an international master tai chi instructor.
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Tai Chi for Aging with Strength and Tranquility is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 58.
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just a workout video The video does not teach anything about Tai Chi or the meaning and role of the moves and sequences. It is pretty much a workout video with very little instructions for how to do it well and what mistakes to avoid. If you just want to move some of your muscles, not bad, but if you wan to learn or practice Tai Chi, pick something else.
Date published: 2024-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It’s Okay To Be A Beginner I am so pleased that I have purchased this DVD to enjoy at home in addition to the weekly Tai Chi Class taken in person. The information is enjoyable and the individual lessons are so very valuable. I highly recommend this instructor to you for consideration.
Date published: 2024-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time Tai Chi Just did my first class and it was so wonderful. Very easy to follow. So delighted to have found this great course.
Date published: 2023-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy workout I decided to try something different to get me in shape. This program has easy workouts to do. I am able to do without over exerting myself.
Date published: 2022-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old lady needs exercise As a fifty-*cough* year old lady with arthritis and a knee injury, I was looking for something that will encourage me to get up and move, yet be easy on the joints. Can't wait to try it after my nap.
Date published: 2022-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An easy introduction to Tai Chi I got this video because, well, I'm aging. And I find myself unable to do a lot of things I am used to doing. Like walking easily without pain. So far, I have seen some improvement in my mobility and I expect to see more. The tranquility part is yet to come mostly because right now I am focusing on learning the movements. Nice easy pace in learning.
Date published: 2022-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 3rd and possibly favorite D. Dorian-Ross course This is the third course from this instructor that I have purchased on The Great Courses. It is possibly my favorite, although I have enjoyed them all. I particularly love that he addresses some of the Five Elements here. My favorite so far is Bamboo, as I find it to be a wonderful blend of motion and centering in these tumultuous times. Many thanks to David Dorian-Ross for creating this and The Great Courses for publishing it!
Date published: 2022-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy and fun I find the videos just to my activity level right now and easy to follow. I am 65 and in good health just currently out of shape and this was easy to do and still feel like a workout.
Date published: 2022-09-20
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Overview

Take the stress-free path to better health as you age, taught by International Master Tai Chi Instructor David-Dorian Ross.

About

David-Dorian Ross

Tai chi and qigong are often referred as "treasures of Chinese culture"; studying them is like holding a beautiful jewel, where each time you turn, you see a new facet.

David-Dorian Ross is the founder and CEO of TaijiFit and the creator of the TaijiFit mind-body exercise program. He has a B.A. in Human Movement Studies from San Francisco State University, has completed graduate course work in Physical Education and Chinese, and is currently developing a project with the head of the Harvard Medical School research department to study the stress-reduction benefits of tai chi (taiji) in the workplace. Trained in China with championship martial arts coaches, Mr. Ross has had an illustrious career in competitive tai chi, winning seven U.S. gold medals, two world bronze medals, and a world silver medal—the highest awards ever given to an American for international tai chi performance. He was the founder and chief instructor of the Honolulu T’ai Chi Academy and a certified continuing educator for the American Council on Exercise. Mr. Ross is the host of the PBS series T’ai Chi: Health and Happiness and the author of five books on health and wellness, including Exercising the Soul: How Tai Ch’i Connects You to Your Authentic Self. Since 2012, he has collaborated with international action film star Jet Li on a mission to introduce tai chi to 100 million new people worldwide by the year 2020. Professor Ross participated in our Professor Chat series. Read the chat to learn more about how to bring your whole life into better balance and harmony through the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong.

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Trailer

Tai Chi Fit in Paradise

01: Tai Chi Fit in Paradise

On the Hawaiian sand and with the beautiful Pacific Ocean in the background, your instructor takes you through a tai chi practice that includes a warm up, two workout sessions, and a cool down. As you listen to the waves and watch their motion, you’ll gently move side to side and up and down with the classic tai chi postures Embrace the Moon, Penetrating Heaven and the Earth, Cloud Hands, and more.

46 min
Tai Chi Fusion: Fire

02: Tai Chi Fusion: Fire

This practice combines tai chi with the martial art of kung fu, which translates to high-level work. Together, they combine into a practice focused on intensity, the most intense workout of the series. Discover how to bring the fire into your whole being, mind, energy, and spirit, while still maintaining a physical practice that is appropriate for your body and physical capabilities. Explore the classic postures of Snake Creeping through the Grass, Solitary Whip, and more.

40 min
Tai Chi Fusion: Iron

03: Tai Chi Fusion: Iron

Combining the principles of weight lifting and tai chi, this practice is a lesson in contrast and mindfulness. As you practice with your weighted sticks—or with lightweight wooden spoons from your kitchen, as you choose—contrasting aspects of life will become apparent: heavy and light, what you do and do not do, what you notice and ignore. Explore the classic postures of Playing the Pipa and Seizing the Sparrow’s Tail, among many others.

59 min
Tai Chi Fusion: Bamboo

04: Tai Chi Fusion: Bamboo

Your instructor teaches this gentle workout in a beautiful bamboo forest. Combining yoga and tai chi in a practice that emphasizes the principle of surrender, you will learn about gratitude, benevolence, and generosity, especially toward yourself. The two disciplines progress seamlessly through the workout and include the classic tai chi postures of Sinking the Chi and Fending Off the Monkey, among others.

57 min
Tai Chi Fit: 24 Form

05: Tai Chi Fit: 24 Form

This diverse practice includes four separate workout options, as well as a warm up and cool down. As you follow along with your instructor along at the pace and intensity that works best for you—and you will be continually encouraged to do exactly that—you will be exposed to a wide variety of classic tai chi postures, including The Fair Maiden Weaves the Loom, The White Crane Spreads Its Wings, and Bouncing on the Toes Seven Times to Drive Away All Illness.

73 min
Tai Chi Fit over 50: Balance Exercises

06: Tai Chi Fit over 50: Balance Exercises

Since the mid-1990s, the American Medical Association has recommended tai chi as the number-one form of exercise for maintaining balance and fall prevention. In this program, you’ll be encouraged to do the workout the way you need to do it with respect to your own balance—holding on to a wall or even keeping just one finger on the back of a chair for stability. As you work on building the muscles needed for balance, you will explore the use of weighted tai chi balls as well as the classic postures of Old Woman Digs in the Garden and The Monkey, among others.

36 min
Tai Chi Fit over 50: Seated Workout

07: Tai Chi Fit over 50: Seated Workout

There are many different reasons for any individual to do a seated workout. In this program, you’ll learn that practicing tai chi from a seated position can be just as beneficial and challenging as standing. You’ll follow your teacher’s gentle movements from his own chair as you explore the classic tai chi postures of Embracing the Moon and The Opening of Your Heart, among many others.

35 min
Tai Chi Fit over 60: Gentle Exercises for Beginners

08: Tai Chi Fit over 60: Gentle Exercises for Beginners

This program provides the most gentle option for tai chi beginners—of any age. As with the other programs in this series, there is nothing to learn or memorize. Just follow along with your instructor as he moves slightly up and down and gently side to side. With his easy manner and relaxed sense of humor, you’ll feel immediately comfortable in this ancient form of exercise. And while you’re following along, you’ll also be exploring the classic tai chi postures of Opening the Door and The Twisting Dragon, among others.

36 min
Tai Chi Fit over 60: Healthy Joints

09: Tai Chi Fit over 60: Healthy Joints

While pain and inflammation in the joints can keep us from doing the things we love, lack of activity makes the joints weaker and leads to a downward spiral. Tai chi is well-known to heal the joints with some simple movements, even practicing just a few minutes a day. While you’re copying your instructors gentle movements in this program, you’ll be exploring the classic tai chi postures of Princess on the Mountaintop and Holding Up the Heavens like a Pillar.

48 min
Tai Chi Fit over 60: Live Longer, Feel Younger

10: Tai Chi Fit over 60: Live Longer, Feel Younger

As your instructor points out, if you want to live longer and feel younger, then you have to look at the people who live long, fruitful lives and do what they do. The best way to take care of your human machine certainly includes a routine tai chi practice. With his relaxed and humorous style, your instructor invites you to “have some fun,” as you continue on the path of your tai chi practice—exploring the classic tai chi postures of Cloud Hands and Sinking the Chi, among many others.

42 min