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T'ai Chi Exercise for Lifelong Health and Well-Being
T'ai Chi Exercise for Lifelong Health and Well-Being
Actor: Tricia Yu
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
NR     2004     1hr 30min

Presents a tai chi program which includes the history, philosophy, and health benefits and the yang style short form .

     
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Actor: Tricia Yu
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Sub-Genres: Tai Chi
Studio: Terra
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/20/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Easiest to follow
T. Yemm | 01/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have tried many DVDs as learning companions for Tai Chi instruction, and I have found this one to be the easiest to follow. Showingthe exercises from behind with the mirrors in the front keeps me from getting reversed while practicing. Also breaking the form down into smaller section makes the overall task of learning and practicing the form seem less daunting."
Tai Chi: Exercise for Lifelone Health and Well being
D. Phillips | Gilbert, AZ | 04/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Very nice teaching tool to supplement in person learning. Tricia Yu provides various angles when teaching the posture and does a nice job demonstrating each section. My husband and I are viewing it regularly as a part of our Tai Chi practice."
Best overview of the yang form I've seen, but best as a supp
J. Chang | 09/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I took tai chi from a wonderful instructor a few years back, and have also had instruction in kung fu and chi kung, and I've been looking for a good reference DVD to get me back into tai chi. I've rented a number of DVDs from the library, including this one and one from Terence Dunn and Dr. Paul Lam, and this one had the clearest, most instructive set up I've seen.

As other reviewers have mentioned, Tricia Yu goes through the instruction with her back facing you while facing three mirrors in front (one directly in front and the other two angled at the sides). This made it intuitive to follow since you could mimic what she was doing (either by following her from behind or following her mirror image). Also, there was no cheesy music during the instruction, so you could focus on the form and not on how to get the stupid music out of your head.

That being said, I think this DVD is only good as an overview since she goes through the entire form in 5 or 6 lessons while most tai chi instructors will take several months to teach it. That makes the DVD a good value for the money, but it also shows that there's a limitation on the level of detail that can be expressed in these lessons. If she performed the moves just a tad slower or gave some more detailed desciptions of the footwork, it would have improved an already good video instruction."
Good review DVD
J. Chang | 01/02/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is the DVD if you are learning or have learned Yang short form, Cheng Man Ching lineage and want help practicing at home. It is not the one for learning the form. Pricey,but for the help I get, it's been worth it."