Method TAI CHI 4 Beginners
Language: English | [email protected]
| Xvid | 640x480 | 76 min | 280 MB
Claire Hooton's introduction to t'ai chi is easy to follow, well-thought through, and professionally produced–the perfect asset for any beginning student interested in using t'ai chi to improve his or her physical and spiritual well-being. While silver-haired Hooton is obviously a terrific example for older women viewers, the lessons she offers are accessible and valuable for everyone. She begins with a short interview-style lecture on the benefits of t'ai chi, an exercise that builds health, increases longevity, and "wakes up our sense of being a part of nature." Soon, viewers are taught the basic principles of posture, breathing, weight distribution, and the dynamic relaxation that gives the form its power. Finally, viewers are led through the first third of the Yang-style short form (the final 40 moves are on the next tape, The Method: T'ai Chi, Intermediate Level). Each movement in the form is a worthwhile exercise in its own right, and Hooton describes them simply and methodically. Sometimes her metaphors for the positions ("the bird's head throws the teabag out the window") seem a bit silly, but they're no less evocative than some of the traditional Chinese names ("Single Whip," "Repulse Monkeys"), and actually work well to make the moves easy to understand and remember. And, even more importantly, each movement is shown from the front first, and then repeated by two demonstrators from behind, making it very easy to follow along correctly. The detailed descriptions are a boon to beginners, and high-production values are a definite plus (especially the colored panels projected on the floor to clarify foot movements). But most helpful are Hooton's tips on visualizing the body to effortlessly tap the power of t'ai chi's gentle, dance-like movements.