How? Tai Chi was called "medication in motion" by Harvard Health Publications for all the myriad health issues it can help treat, or prevent. Tai Chi has been found to boost immune system function by 50%, lower high blood pressure, treat heart disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, lessen anxiety, depression, and mood disturbance, and even lessen ADD and ADHD symptoms in teenagers.
Bill Douglas speaks from experience. He has not only taught Tai Chi and Qigong meditation for many of the world's largest corporations and health networks including employees and executives for Associated Wholesale Grocers and Hallmark Cards Inc, but he also taught at Folsom Maximum Security Prison in California, and for Kansas Cities County Drug Rehab. program. One of his students conducted a multi-year class at the Kansas Penitentiary for women, actually certifying two women inmates as instructors. Bill has been a Tai Chi source for The New York Times; Reader's Digest; Wall Street Journal; China's Xinhua News Agency; and media worldwide.
Bill was invited to speak at a planned Mind-Body Week Commemoration at the National Institutes of Health, and has presented for the National Parkinson's Foundation; The American Heart Association;
The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong (4th edition, Penguin, 2012) is a wholly revamped and state-of-the-
This new book offers nearly 150 web-video support videos, supplementing the text instruction with visuals, illustrations, animation, and special effects that enable the reader to see "inside" the mind and body of the author, to deeply understand the essence of these ancient mind-body tools. There is no instructional book that comes close to this multi-media instructional book, and definitely not at this price.
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Author Bill Douglas de-mystifies Tai Chi, explaining the science behind its even the more mystical seeming aspects. Top Tai Chi experts have lauded this book.
"Sometimes Chinese culture can be difficult to explain. Sifu Bill Douglas successfully uses American culture to explain the art of T'ai Chi Chuan. He simplifies difficult concepts, making them easier to understand. This book takes the best parts of T'ai Chi and makes them understandable [to Westerners] without requiring a grounding in Chinese culture and history."
-Sifu Yijiao Hong, USA All-Tai Chi Grand Champion and USA Team member; Certified International Coach and Judge, International Wushu Federation
"Douglas has achieved for QiGong what Apple did for the computer. He's brought it to the people ... great place to start for beginners. ... Teachers may also find this an excellent manual 'on how to explain these concepts to the general public ....'"
-R. Poccia, stress management instructor, Beyond Anonymous, San Francisco
"Visionary! If you only buy one book on T'ai Chi, then this is the book. This book is all you ever needed to know to change your life. I have taught T'ai Chi for several decades myself, yet I have now read Bill's book from cover to cover seven times, and still get something new from it each time."
-Dr. Michael Steward Sr., D.MA,
Ph.D., MA, Senior Coach for Team USA, Inductee of the World Sports Medicine and World Martial Arts Hall of Fame