Saturday, September 22, 2012

What I Read - Tai Chi and Qigong

This week, I wanted to share information about sources of information related to tai chi and qigong that are available on the internet. This is not intended to be a comprehensive ranking or listing. It only reflects my opinion and experience about learning some aspects of tai chi from internet sources.

Web Sites
Here are some of the web sites that I have found useful. I recommend them to other people.

This is Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health website. At this web site, you can find a teacher and/or a workshop, read an article related to tai chi, and purchase books and DVDs. I recommend that you subscribe to the newsletter.

This is Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming's website. At this web site, you can read about Dr. Yang's tai chi, qigong, and martial arts programs, purchase books and/or videos, or read an article related to these topics. Dr. Yang has sold the YMAA business and is putting his energy into his YMAA Retreat Center in Northern California.

This is Michael Gilman's website. At this web site, you can take a free online course, read a few interesting articles, or buy a book or DVD. In addition, he has placed many videos online at YouTube

This is the home page of the E-magazine, Yang-Sheng, an online magazine and a network for all healthcare professionals of preventive medicine, practitioners of mind-body exercise (such as Qigong, Tai Chi, Yoga, Reiki, mindfulness and meditation), health seekers, and spiritual cultivators. It promotes philosophy and methods of self-healing, positive mind and health preservation, and shares knowledge and experiences with those who are interested in the subjects and their applications in everyday life. I write a regular column titled Meditation in Motion. I recommend that you sign up for the email notification.

This is the home page of Ian Sinclair. At this web site, you can take a free online course, read about tai chi news and events, and find a tai chi school. He is publishing a collection of tai chi teaching videos to go along with his online course at YouTube

This is the web site of Qi magazine. The magazine is no longer published, but the archived journals are available online at no charge. There are articles about many topics, including tai chi and qigong.
Here are the blogs I regularly read, a brief description, and what I get from it.

n this blog, you can read about basic tai chi principles, like standing in wu ji, relaxation, and slow movement. Huan Zhang writes clearly and covers each topic in depth. I only wish he would write more. He averages about 1 new article a month.

Internal Gong Fu, by Mike Buhr
In this blog, you can read about Mike's journey as he learns about the whole-body techniques of wujifa. He is very open about his successes and failures in applying the techniques he is learning. He writes a lot, typically about 5 or 6 new articles each month.

The Bean Curd Boxer, by Paul Read
In this blog, you can read about Paul Read's thoughts on tai chi. He also publishes a weekly podcast that is fun to listen to.

SpiralWise, by Dr. Howard Tripp
In the words of the author, "Turning Internal Arts Hippie Babble into Scientific Enlightenment". I don't agree with everything he writes, but it is usually pretty useful.

© 2012 Eric Borreson

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