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Benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong

Studies demonstrate that these systems offer numerous benefits to health in many areas including:- Improved Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function Decreased Blood Pressure Improved Balance                   

Many studies have demonstrated the value of Tai Chi in Falls prevention by improving strength as well as balance. Improved Posture and balance. Improved Musculoskeletal Condition (i.e. helps relieve the symptoms of osteo arthritis, improves strength & flexibility, stronger bones)

Improved Psychological Condition    (i.e., depression, life satisfaction, stress)

Enhanced Endocrine and Immune System.

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From the Daily Telegraph

    Elderly people 'should take up T'ai Chi'     16 May 2011

    Dance therapy: Discover a new rhythm of life     10 May 2010

    Tai Chi 'can relieve depression and boost self-esteem'     21 May 2010

    Tai Chi 'can ease arthritis pain'     29 Oct 2009


Video Links for Tai Chi and Qigong

Here are some links and so forth that may help your practice.

With the videos remember you don't have to do the really low stance, just work inside your own comfort limits.

Dao Yin

Daoyin Yangsheng Gong Foundation - Regulate the Breath


Daoyin Yangsheng Gong Foundation - Nourish Blood, Tonify Qi


Hu Xiao Fei’s Daoyin Warm Up/Preparation Exercises


Daoyin Baojian Gong – General Health Exercises


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKnBAg7II90           Front View

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whO3Tm2ReLE         Back View



88 Forms Tai Chi

Books are not common and not that great either.


Slow motion demo of first parts of the 88.


Wang Yanji demonstrates the 88 form:



You can also search YouTube for 88 式太极拳  The last character means Form  so you skip that.

Paul Lam 24 Forms Detailed Instructions


The Paul Lam clips on the 24 are very methodical and detailed. They show the structure quite well. Potentially what's lost is the flow. Nothing is perfect.

The moves from the 24 are performed much the same way in the 88.