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About Tai Chi Easy

Ancient Wellness and Stress Mastery for Modern Time: Transform Your Day and Your Life

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The the exact origins of Tai Chi and Qigong are unknown, however scholars believe these practices were prevalent in China several thousand years previous to writing. Qigong, and its younger sibling Tai Chi, have been used to explore the essence of life and increase vitality, longevity, and inner peace. They are key components of self-care in Chinese medicine but have only recently been widely available in China as they were formerly only within reach of monks, physicians, warriors, ministers, scholars and the members of the imperial court. But just what is the secret of those methods that keeps you creative and vital?

Underlying everything in our existence, according to the scientists and philosophers of ancient China, is a primary force which creates and sustains life. This essential resource, is called Qi (Chi pronounced chee). Qigong, the art of cultivating and harmonizing this life force, has been affectionately dubbed the grandmother of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Western science has become inspired by this concept at every level. Research is exploring to find its equivalents physiologically, energetically and even in the realm of quantum physics. The rapidly proliferating popularity of acupuncture suggests that Qigong and its younger sibling, Tai Chi, are poised to become major players in health promotion.

There is significant controversy around the concept of modifying traditional Tai Chi to make it easy, accessible, useful for cultures outside of China. Following much research in Chinese medicine, Chinese philosophy, Tai Chi and Qigong and with robust investigation throughout China, it has become absolutely clear that only a very few believe that Tai Chi should not be modified to serve a wider audience of people.

Tai Chi Easy™ is not a kind of Tai Chi but a carefully developed method and approach to Tai Chi that makes it easy, beneficial and fun --- right away. So, the learner doesn't have to wait to learn 108 traditional movements or even a traditional short (24, 36, 42 movement) form. Tai Chi Easy™ can be done in two movements or three, called Tai Chi Three, or in a Chair - Tai Chi Chair. So there could be Tai Chi Two Chair, or standing Tai Chi Three, or walking Tai Chi Ten.

Click on the image or the name of the form to see a short demonstration of Tai Chi Easy™ by Roger Jahnke, Doctor of Oriental Medicine (OMD) and founder of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi. Note that videos may take a few moments to load.

See an example of Sitting Tai Chi . The movement shown is called "Gathering Heaven and Earth".
See an example of Standing Tai Chi . Three movements are shown in succession: "Harmonizing Yin and Yang", "Brush knee, send Qi", and "Cutting the Path to Clarity"
Watch Walking Tai Chi . "Wave Hands in Clouds", "Dragon Tiger Mouth", "Placing the Sun and Moon", and "Gathering from Yin and Yang" are shown together in one continuous movement.
Often, teachers of Tai Chi announce a class and a large group shows up all excited to learn the flowing exercise from China. After two lessons, when they realize its going to take a year to learn, they quit. Tai Chi Easy™ takes any form or style of Tai Chi and modifies it with one goal - to keep the learners inspired and participating. The Tai Chi Easy™ Method can be done with Yang, Chen, Wu, Sun or any other style.

Want to Learn Tai Chi Easy™?

How to Become a Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader