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You Mean There's Homework!?!

Tai Chi or Moving Qigong class exposes you to the movements, then you must practice those movements at home. There are two ways to look at this: either as another burden on your life's full plate or as a chance to take a break from the rat race and let all the weight of the world roll right off your shoulders.

The very first movement you learn on the very first day of class is a fantastic QiGong relaxation exercise that can help you begin to dump stress, if you do it in the right frame of mind. However, if you only do the Tai Chi or Qigong movement to prepare for the next Tai Chi class, then its just homework, and it won't be that relaxing.

But, if you breathe deeply (see below video) and let every muscle of your body relax, allowing the burdens of the week to roll off your shoulders each time you practice the movement, it'll feel great! Refer to the "Free Online Lessons" section to see how movements can be used as a relaxation therapy, even as you learn it, by including deep full breaths. Learning in this spirit can make all the movements become relaxation therapies even as you learn them. More on deep breaths in the "Curious About Tai Chi & Qigong," and "Beginners-Enthusiasts" sections.

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At first it will be difficult to discipline yourself to practice daily. If you fall behind in class, just play along and repeat the multiweek session again. There are no deadlines. You'll get it eventually. Don't sabotage yourself into thinking you just can't get it. Regular attendance and daily practice make Tai Chi effortless and fruitful. If you miss class, although some instructors may help you catch up individually, you can't expect it.

To learn Tai Chi, you will need to practice at home. But the reason we learn Tai Chi is because it feels good, so why wouldn't we want to practice something that makes us feel good?

"World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, takes place [the last Saturday of April] . . . To learn more, find instruction on the basics or discover a class in your area, go online to"

  -- USA Weekend

TEACHERS, this page is a great resource for your new students.

"Maybe we should have World Tai Chi and Qigong Day every week."

    -- International Herald Tribune

The information provided is courtesy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and Qigong, now in fourth edition, with nearly 150 web video support videos to compliment the 300 illustrated instructions.

This overview of Tai Chi and Qigong has been heralded by Booklist Magazine, the nation's premiere library journal, by the United States Tai Chi Forms Grand Champion, Sifu Hong Yijao, and by Team USA Senior Coach, Dr. Michael Steward, Sr., who wrote that although he had studied and taught Tai Chi for over 30 years, he read this book 7 times, and found something new from it each time.

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