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Tai Chi Chuan and the Code of Life : Revealing the Deeper Mysteries of China's Ancient Art for Health and Harmony - Revised Edition.

Author: Graham Horwood
Publisher: London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008.
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Describes the various styles of Tai Chi Chuan, exploring its roots in the Chinese philosophy of Taoism as well as elaborating on the evolution it has undergone over millennia. This book provides an introduction to both the theory and key practices of Tai Chi Chuan for the beginner, and multi-level insights for the seasoned practitioner.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Graham Horwood
ISBN: 9781846428067 1846428068 1281782378 9781281782373
OCLC Number: 476178118
Description: 1 online resource (226 pages)
Contents: Introduction. Jung, Wilhelm, and the I Ching. The I Ching and Life in Harmony. Feng Shui and the Balance of Nature. Science, DNA, and Tai Chi. The Role of Change in the University Life Force. The Dark and Light Sides of Tai Chi Chuan. Chapter One: The Philosophy of Taoism from a Western Perspective. Chinese Thought and History. Alchemy and Opposition. The Number and Name of Creation. Tending the Waters of the Unconscious. Chapter Two: The History of Tai Chi Chuan. The Four Styles of Tai Chi Chuan. An Ancient Way of War. The Tai Chi Hermit. The Spiral Dance of Chen Wang Ting. Tai Chi Goes Underground. Yang the Shadow Boxer. The Yang Family Style. What the History of Tai Chi Tells Us. Chapter Three: The Eight Pa Qua Trigrams. Chinese Archetype: Chien-Heaven. Chinese Archetype: Kun-The Receptive. Chinese Archetype: Kan-The Abysmal. Chinese Archetype: Li-The Clinging. Chinese Archetype: Tui-The Joyous. Chinese Archetype: Chen-The Arousing. Chinese Archetype: Ken-Keeping Still. Chinese Archetype: Sun-The Gentle. Conclusion of the Pa Qua and Their Relationship. Chapter Four: The Five Elements-Wu Hsing. The Relationship with the Tai Chi Form, Movement, and Internal Organ Balance. The Psychology of the Wu Hsing. The Four Elements in Greek Thought. From Paracelsus to Quantum Physics. Applications in Tai Chi. Fire Element. Earth Element. Metal Element. Water Element. Wood Element. Conclusion. Chapter Five: The Science of the Inner Breath-Chi Kung. Sexuality, Reproduction, and the Maintenance of Healthy Chi. Forms of Chi Kung. Chi Kung 1-Reverse Breathing. Chi Kung 2-Microcosmic Orbit. Chi Kung 3-Macrocosmic Breathing. Chi Kung 4-Ball Breathing. Chi Kung 5-Condensing Breath. Chi Kung 6-Heaven and Earth Breathing. Chi Kung 7-Meridian Breathing. Chi Kung 8-Five Element Internal Organ Breathing. Chi Kung 9-Eight Trigram Breathing. Chi Kung 10-Variations for Healing. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.

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