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Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of t Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind. This research provides fascinating insight into the underlying physiological mechanisms that explain how Tai Chi actually works. Dr. Peter M. Wayne, a longtime Tai Chi teacher and a researcher at Harvard Medical School, developed and tested protocols similar to the simplified program he includes in this book, which is suited to people of all ages, and can be done in just a few minutes a day. This book includes:    • The basic program, illustrated by more than 50 photographs    • Practical tips for integrating Tai Chi into everyday activities    • An introduction to the traditional principles of Tai Chi    • Up-to-date summaries of the research literature on the health benefits of Tai Chi    • How Tai Chi can enhance work productivity, creativity, and sports performance    • And much more


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Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of t Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind. This research provides fascinating insight into the underlying physiological mechanisms that explain how Tai Chi actually works. Dr. Peter M. Wayne, a longtime Tai Chi teacher and a researcher at Harvard Medical School, developed and tested protocols similar to the simplified program he includes in this book, which is suited to people of all ages, and can be done in just a few minutes a day. This book includes:    • The basic program, illustrated by more than 50 photographs    • Practical tips for integrating Tai Chi into everyday activities    • An introduction to the traditional principles of Tai Chi    • Up-to-date summaries of the research literature on the health benefits of Tai Chi    • How Tai Chi can enhance work productivity, creativity, and sports performance    • And much more

30 review for The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind (Harvard Health Publications)

  1. 4 out of 5

    ij

    I recommend to anyone interested in knowing more about Tai Chi and its potential benefits to mind and body.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dan Charnas

    Excellent, well-organized and well-researched, it provides a scientific foundation to many wellness aspects of T'ai Chi that practitioners have discovered and take for granted. Highly recommended for those who might be interested in the health benefits. The author, in my opinion, genuinely wants to share his love and knowledge of T'ai Chi. This is evident from his imparting advice about how to find a good instructor. (I didn't expect to find that information in a book with this title!) On a perso Excellent, well-organized and well-researched, it provides a scientific foundation to many wellness aspects of T'ai Chi that practitioners have discovered and take for granted. Highly recommended for those who might be interested in the health benefits. The author, in my opinion, genuinely wants to share his love and knowledge of T'ai Chi. This is evident from his imparting advice about how to find a good instructor. (I didn't expect to find that information in a book with this title!) On a personal note, the author even cited one of my own revered instructors, Robert Chuckrow, on the subject of differentiating Li from Jin. Definitely one of the better modern books on this art.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Very helpful for me as I am just starting Tai Chi. The book is informative, well written, and has easy-to-follow instructions. I had started with a book written by William C.C. Chen which was pushed by my Tai Chi instructor. It was not nearly as helpful so I tossed it aside. One thing, the photos are often separated from the relevant text. I hope they fix that sloppy publishing in later editions.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This book has been my go-to tai chi reference since first learning tai chi 8 years ago. I have the hard copy for home and I just purchased the e-edition for Kindle to have with me during our time away from home. Tai chi has meant so much to me for health, flexibility and to “keep moving” at my age of almost 82 years! This book is ideal for learning and encouragement and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in this topic!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dan Durrant

    A great introduction into Tai Chi. I strongly recommend this book to anyone starting, or interested in beginning Tai Chi.

  6. 5 out of 5

    j

    Helpful, encouraging book The author has experience in the medical field as well as with tai chi and other mind-body techniques, which gives him a unique insight into how tai chi can benefit us all. He describes many evidence based studies, some of which he was personally involved in running. I found his descriptions of exercises helpful as they all related to tai chi forms but can be done by themselves in a small space in a limited amount of time and help familiarize me with typical tai chi mov Helpful, encouraging book The author has experience in the medical field as well as with tai chi and other mind-body techniques, which gives him a unique insight into how tai chi can benefit us all. He describes many evidence based studies, some of which he was personally involved in running. I found his descriptions of exercises helpful as they all related to tai chi forms but can be done by themselves in a small space in a limited amount of time and help familiarize me with typical tai chi moves.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bogdan

    I haven't realy ready any other books about Tai Chi. This one seems to be a realy good first book for any one wanting to start practicing and learn what Tai Chi is and how it helps. The excercises are a stepping stone to the "real" thing. They aim to teach you basics that would come in handy when you go to your next book wich probably should be a book about Tai Chi moves sequence. I haven't realy ready any other books about Tai Chi. This one seems to be a realy good first book for any one wanting to start practicing and learn what Tai Chi is and how it helps. The excercises are a stepping stone to the "real" thing. They aim to teach you basics that would come in handy when you go to your next book wich probably should be a book about Tai Chi moves sequence.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Philip Horup

    This is just a personal rating, with how goodreads categorizes books you've read and so on. Being more objective I would give it 3.5/5 stars. It's got a lot to wrap your head around tai chi as a newbie, but being experienced in spirituality most of this book is just a big old skip-over. That being said, the beginning of the book was informative to me as well. This is just a personal rating, with how goodreads categorizes books you've read and so on. Being more objective I would give it 3.5/5 stars. It's got a lot to wrap your head around tai chi as a newbie, but being experienced in spirituality most of this book is just a big old skip-over. That being said, the beginning of the book was informative to me as well.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kl Kilgore

    An outstanding and thoughtful book I am a Tai Chi practitioner and academic researcher. I wanted to learn more about the researched benefits of TaiChi. I found that and more — an east yet powerful form of Tai chi practice that is accessible to more people. What a great contribution to those interested in Tai chi!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jack Mort

    Don't waste your time. The authors are incapable of using any word besides "rich" to describe anything. After 6 repetitions in three pages, following numerous times of already overusing this word, I ripped the book up and threw it in the trash. Don't waste your time. The authors are incapable of using any word besides "rich" to describe anything. After 6 repetitions in three pages, following numerous times of already overusing this word, I ripped the book up and threw it in the trash.

  11. 5 out of 5

    William

    4.25 stars. Excellent and informative. Provides western scientific basis for verifying and explaining the numerous benefits of Tai Chi. Also provides useful information for those considering this martial art.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lachy Gray

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen Glotzer

  14. 5 out of 5

    Frank Burnham

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  16. 4 out of 5

    S J Taylor

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Johnson

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ferrell

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Huff

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Southworth

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Goncalves

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steve Smith

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

  25. 5 out of 5

    Manuel Calas

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cuong Pham

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Neil Richardson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eliel Lopez

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cedric Joseph

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