Book: Exploring Tai Chi by John Loupos
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Release Date: June 1, 2003
More and more people all over the world are studying Tai Chi. No matter what style they study, what direction they take, or what level they are at, all agree on one thing: Tai Chi is a limitless journey and there is always more to be learned.
There are so many questions along the way and everyone has them, students and teachers alike, questions that are fundamental to all styles of Tai Chi, fundamental to all learning processes.
Exploring Tai Chi helps students to understand the intricacies of Tai Chi training, as well as the underlying motives and psychological processes involved in any ongoing practice of this ancient discipline.
This book focuses on 'disclosure' and 'empowerment' for the Tai Chi practitioner. What to expect of your training, how to progress in your training, and how to implement the principles of Tai Chi into your everyday life.
from the Preface.
For many practitioners. Tai Chi remains something they merely 'do', as opposed to its becoming an indelible part of who they are. Tai Chi is, on the one hand, a tool for personal development. On the other, it is a metaphor for living life in the clearest, most efficient, and most deliberate way.
Chapter 10: Are You Living Your Tai Chi?
It is one thing to discuss the myriad benefits that Tai Chi has to offer in a theoretical fashion. It is another thing entirely to actually reap those benefits in ways that facilitate your becoming a healthier, more evolved and more fully functional human being. The essence of this book has to do with the quantifiable and qualifiable benefits of Tai Chi, benefits such as rooting, stress reduction, cultivating your Chi, and living heartfully.
- Deepen your understanding for great Tai Chi.
- Inspiration and advice for a lifetime of practice.
- Exercises and training drills to help you develop your Tai Chi.
- For all styles and all levels of experience.
Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2004
...Loupos writes in an easy, accessible voice tinged with humor...His thoughts on rooting, dynamic structure, and training tips are helpful and easy to understand. The chapter on fajing is intriguing...
The Bookwatch. September 2003
...From discussions on empowerment techniques to what to expect from a training course, and how to assess its impact and usefulness, this makes for a valuable contemporary assessment...
Taijiquan Journal. Winter 2004
...He offers useful information that can be applied to areas either within or outside of traditional taiji practice. He offers suggestions for dealing with injuries incurred during martial arts training (or any vigorous activity). Based in a realistic understanding that the softness of taiji sometimes is forgotten in practice, he includes mechanical, homeopathic and other suggestions for healing the body…