What you'll learn

  • Details on the physical and mental health benefits you’ll get with regular practice
  • The 8 active ingredients of Tai Chi – including an explanation of “qi”
  • Video Tai Chi instruction you can do as you watch to build a complete routine
  • 9 standing Tai Chi calisthenics, 6 traditional Tai Chi elements and 5 seated Tai Chi moves you can do at your desk
  • Breathing techniques that promote relaxation
  • Simple steps to building a regular Tai Chi routine

Course description

Harvard health experts including medical researcher and Tai Chi instructor Peter Wayne, Ph.D. and renowned tai chi master Stanwood Chang teach you the basics of Tai Chi in this enjoyable, health-boosting, new online video course. Although tai chi may sound mysterious, recent studies show that it can help to strengthen your heart, build better balance, improve flexibility, slow the onset of dementia, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, help relieve the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia and so much more. Everyone can benefit from the practice no matter what your age or fitness level. Harvard Health Publishing’s interactive online video course is the perfect way to get started practicing tai chi. Every tip, technique and fascinating fact is explained by our experts. And the videos are demonstrated by tai chi master, Stanwood Chang and narrated by Harvard Medical School researcher and Tai Chi teacher, Peter Wayne, Ph.D.

You can watch the course as often as you want, whenever you want and do the moves as you follow along with the videos in the privacy of your own home. It’s fun and relaxing

Course outline

  • Getting Started
    • Why Tai Chi?
    • Tai Chi Simplified
  • Benefits of Tai Chi
    • Tai Chi and Your Health
  • Standing Tai Chi Calisthentics
    • How to Practice Standing Tai Chi Exercises
  • Traditional Tai Chi Elements
    • How to Practice Traditional Tai Chi Elements
  • Seated Tai Chi Calisthenics
    • How to Practice Seated Tai Chi Calisthenics
  • Building a Tai Chi Routine
    • Your Personal Tai Chi Workout
    • Quiz
  • Summary
    • Course Summary
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