With its gentle, fluid movements, tai chi is a natural remedy for arthritis relief. Try these exercises excerpted from Dr. Paul Lam's "Tai Chi for Arthritis" DVD, presented in conjunction with the Arthritis Foundation.
Disclaimer : Consult your doctor before attempting any exercises even gentle ones like those in this video.
We invite you to explore this unique program within the comfort of your home, Dr Lam will guide you, step-by-step, through each movement of Tai Chi for Energy. He will teach you the forms from different angles - with close ups, repetitions and diagrammed illustrations - while dividing each form into small sections so you can follow along with ease. Throughout the lessons, Dr Lam will explain the tai chi principles and how to use them to improve your tai chi.
Following an introduction to tai chi and of the benefits you will gain by learning the 73 Forms, Dr Lam will teach warm up exercises and the 73 Forms using simple and proven teaching methods. He will teach the forms from different angles — using close ups, repetitions and diagrammed illustrations while dividing each form into small sections allowing you to follow along with ease. Throughout the lessons, Dr Lam will explain the tai chi principles and the unique Sun style tai chi energy with throughout the DVD.
Tai Chi Push Hands is the bridge between learning the form work of tai chi and developing the sensitivity to work with the 8 energies of tai chi. Through partner exercises, you progressively learn to feel energy in yourself and your partner. This is the bridge to using qi for applications including martial arts, healing and meditation. Push Hands is the accelerator for learning to work with qi in your body.
The 'Best' Way to Learn Tai Chi: The Tai Chi Mastery Program contains over 65 hours of lessons on DVDs and online. Although this will never take the place of a real teacher, I feel this program this will enable these teachings to reach those who do not have the time or money to attend events. It is also important for those who don't have a high-level teacher nearby. This program contains master-level lessons that you can watch over and over for years to come. This is invaluable to anyone who is a committed student of tai chi. Some of my best teachings are included that I have NEVER released publically, material many teachers just don't know. You can watch a master do a form, but very few can pull out all the details that make that form powerful. I will also mention here that we are in the process of scheduling some LIVE Tai Chi Mastery Program member-only events in the future - so stay tuned.