Tai Chi Fitness Workouts

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David-Dorian Ross, International Master Tai Chi Instructor
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What Will You Learn?

  • the importance of relaxing into tai chi movements
  • how to use weighted tai chi balls for strength and stability
  • that tai chi is not limited by age or physical fitness

Course Overview

Your instructor, international master David-Dorian Ross, describes tai chi as a path for life guided by nature that finds harmony and balance in every situation. Mr. Ross, who created the TaijiFit program, is a U.S. gold-medal winner and an international master tai chi instructor, his goal in this course is to introduce you to the practice of tai chi in the gentlest way possible—by encouraging you to simply move and breathe. While these lessons will bring fitness benefits, they are unlike any other workout you’ve ever tried. In this course, there are no goals, no repetitions to ramp up, no emphasis on your technique, and no instructor telling you to push yourself. There’s just the continuous, slow-paced movement, the calming breath, and the enjoyment of the practice.

While tai chi has been practiced in the East for centuries, its health benefits have only recently been studied seriously in the West. Medical studies have shown that tai chi can improve balance and function, increase strength, and reduce stress and pain. Recent research also suggests positive effects on bone health and in the prevention of falls, a significant benefit for older individuals. In 2017, the American College of Physicians began to formally recommend tai chi as a therapeutic option for patients with chronic low back pain.

Into the State of Flow

Tai chi offers a unique benefit to practitioners: a way to relax completely, to let go of any problems on your mind, to be fully present in your current activity, and to feel your best physically, all at the same time. This is the state of flow, also known as being “in the zone.” People can experience flow in a variety of settings. Painting, singing, swimming, hiking, running, writing, gardening—the list of activities that can bring an individual into the flow state is long and varied.

But tai chi is unique: It will take you into flow for its own sake. And while tai chi is a martial art that can be pursued for purposes of self-defense, the primary goal of Tai Chi Fitness Workouts is to introduce the student to flow.

How can this course bring you into the experience of flow? It’s simple—just follow the movements and breathe with Mr. Ross and your fellow students. There are no elaborate terms to learn and nothing to memorize; there is nothing external for the student to create, nothing to achieve or accomplish, except your own peace of mind and physical wellness.

And here’s a special secret about this course: Even if you really aren’t ready to try tai chi just yet, simply watching these lessons can bring you benefit. Hearing Mr. Ross’s calm and steady voice, watching him flow so very gently through the moves again and again, and listening to his encouragement will leave you feeling more peaceful at the end of the lessons than you were at the beginning.

Tai Chi for Any Age and Ability

In Tai Chi Fitness Workouts, you will not only follow the flowing movements of your instructor, but you’ll also meet and see the practices of three other students. Young and old, male and female, athlete and formerly infirm, these students allow you to watch the real practices of individuals whose lives have been changed by tai chi. You will meet:

  • Cassie S., a young woman and a former college pole vaulter. Cassie developed so many injuries that she spent a great deal of her college years on the sidelines. Then she found TaijiFit. “Tai chi brought me right into my body, improved my confidence, and improved my sport,” she says. “It made everything in my life easier.” In her senior year, Cassie greatly improved her personal best, qualified for nationals, and became a 2015 All-American.
  • Judy W., a 76-year-old woman who says she “was a mess” before finding the social and physical benefits of TaijiFit. “I’ve come to know a wonderful community of people, all getting online together to practice tai chi,” she says. Before beginning tai chi, Judy had been in such pain from numerous surgeries that she was unable to lie in bed to sleep. She now sleeps comfortably and has not needed pain injections in two years. “For anyone who thinks they’re too old or too broken, TaijiFit is for you,” she says.
  • Rick S., an older man who began studying the martial arts as a teenager, eventually earning his black belt but later suffering injuries and developing joint problems. No longer able to exercise as he was accustomed to, Rick gained weight and later suffered a heart attack. Going back to his martial-arts roots, he discovered—and immediately fell in love with—TaijiFit. “Tai chi has given me a sense of peace and calmness I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world,” he says.

What If I Can’t . . . ?

Mr. Ross understands that many individuals who might want to try tai chi have questions or concerns based on their preconceived ideas about the practice. Throughout each of the five lessons in this course, he proactively answers those questions with explanations that invite you to give tai chi a try:

  • I don't think I can memorize so many steps. In this course, there is nothing to learn and certainly nothing to memorize. All you have to do is follow along. Just keep breathing, moving, and enjoying yourself.
  • I’ve never been coordinated and I won’t be able to do it right. Don’t worry about copying the instructor’s exact movements. While improving your technical skills is important, it’s not the most important thing on the road to tai chi practice. Most important is to enjoy it. So just focus on how it feels and your own enjoyment.
  • I can’t bend my knees and squat down to the ground. It’s never about getting low; it’s only about letting go. Just melt on down and float back up. If you’ve stopped smiling, you know you’ve gone too far or tried too hard.
  • As Mr. Ross explains, there’s no need to worry about doing a movement correctly or incorrectly, turning right or left, forward or backward. Just keep breathing and moving. Your “goal” is simply to experience the tai chi for itself, the continuous and harmonious movement of the body, mind, and energy, without pause or interruption. Open your heart, open your breath, clear your mind. With your instructor’s calming voice, reassuring tone, and nurturing guidance, you will find your own state of flow.

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    5 lectures
     |  Average 60 minutes each
    • 1
      Tai Chi Ball Workout for Beginners
      This lesson introduces you to the use of weighted tai chi balls as tools to help with body alignment and strength. The lesson includes three 20-minute workouts—one with open hands, one using two palm-sized balls, and the final workout using one larger ball. Mr. Ross explains that the entire workout is about repeating the movements over and over again to get a sense of the rhythm and to fully feel each technique. With excellent instruction on how to hold, rotate, and pivot the balls as you move your entire body—as well as how to check for muscle tension—you’ll enjoy incorporating these tools into your practice and you’ll certainly feel the benefits. Movements and postures you will see include Grasping the Bird’s Tail, Needle at the Sea Bottom, and Princess on the Mountain Top, among other tai chi postures. x
    • 2
      Tai Chi Fit: Strength
      This 60-minute lesson continues the practice of flow, adding in the element of strength building. With three, 5-minute segments that include the use of weighted tai chi balls, you will feel the muscular benefit as you continue to follow your instructor and the other students. If you don't have weighted tai chi balls, you can use 2-pound dumbbells, soup cans, or water bottles. And as Mr. Ross explains, you should feel free to put the weights down at any time or not use them at all, because there's no rush and no place to go. You'll begin this lesson by opening your heart, and opening and emptying your mind. Just follow along and keep breathing. In this practice, you will see Wagging the Tail, Snake Creeps through the Grass, and Swimming Dragon, among other tai chi movements. x
    • 3
      Tai Chi Fit: Flow
      This 50-minute practice introduces you to flow, the continuity of physical movement with the connection of the mind and spirit. Everything is in continual motion together—body, mind, and spirit—and comes to rest together at the end of the practice. One of the great benefits of flow, which Mr. Ross discusses in this practice, is the movement of the body’s energy, the qi (pronounced chee). Qi is life itself, and good health is maintained when the qi is continuous and harmonious in its circulations through the body. In this practice, you will learn to experience the state of flow and open movement of qi by calmly following the movements and breathing of your instructor, letting all self-judgment gently fall from your mind. In this practice, you’ll see Sinking the Qi, Descending the Mountain, Parting the Wild Horse’s Mane, and Playing the Lute, among others. x
    • 4
      Tai Chi Fit: Over 50
      This 30-minute workout provides benefits for people of any age, but is especially helpful to those over age 50. According to Chinese medicine, qi circulation is crucial to lifelong health and longevity, but the qi starts cooling off and losing some of its fiery energy as we age. In this practice, Mr. Ross includes special exercises to increase qi circulation by moving the qi up and down the spine. In addition, he stresses the importance of allowing the breath to move the body. Inhale, and you'll naturally float up; exhale and you'll naturally sink down. In this session, you'll see Princess in the Valley, Repulsing the Monkey, Brush the Knee, Draw the Bow, and more. x
    • 5
      Tai Chi Fit: To Go
      Almost everyone has an issue with work-life balance. How can we best keep our life energy flowing when we just can't find the time we'd like for a workout? This lesson offers three different 20-minute workouts for those days when you're limited in time or space. As with the other lessons in this course, you're not asked to learn anything and there's nothing to get right or memorize. All you have to do is keep moving and breathing. Mr. Ross discusses the goal of staying in the moment, not focusing on the length of the practice or anticipating which movement might be coming up next. As you continue to practice both the physical movements and being in a tranquil state, you'll learn how to attain that state of quietude more quickly, no matter the length of your practice. Here, experience Old Monk Chops Wood, Flaring the Cape, Lazy Monk Lays His Head on the Pillow, and Single Whip, among other tai chi movements. x

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    David-Dorian Ross

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    David-Dorian Ross, International Master Tai Chi Instructor
    David-Dorian Ross is the founder and CEO of TaijiFit and the creator of the TaijiFit mind-body exercise program. He has a B.A. in Human Movement Studies from San Francisco State University, has completed graduate course work in Physical Education and Chinese, and is currently developing a project with the head of the Harvard Medical School research department to study the stress-reduction benefits of tai chi (taiji) in...
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    Tai Chi Fitness Workouts is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 51.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from World Class Instructor bar none This is the second course I have purchased with instructor David Dorian Ross and i have no regrets after years of purchasing tapes, books still collecting dust I can finally see, hear and understand how to enjoy Tai Chi.
    Date published: 2019-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fitness workouts! the teacher is fabulous. Not too many words - perfect to follow with outstanding, artistic, beautiful movement through the postures. Challenged and empowered at the same time to do the movements. This course exceeded our expectations, which were crazy high as we LOVE The Great Courses and own dozens of them. the lessons are peaceful and relaxing and we can follow the first time through them and yet will be able to repeat them many many times without getting tired of them. Excellent quality in every way. So happy we bought this course.
    Date published: 2019-05-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easily followed and Understood I purchased this course about six weeks ago and watched it from beginning to end. Now, I need to watch and do. The instructor is easy to follow and to understand. He explains what he is doing and why and demonstrates how the current task is related to other movements done previously.
    Date published: 2019-04-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Workouts for ALL Ages and Levels of Fitness! Safe, effective and uplifting workouts - And FUN - and I'm 65! I'm getting so much out of them that I bought it for a friend! I found them so inspiring and age-reversing that I'm now working on the Tai Chi Short Program by David-Dorian Ross, and aim to eventually learn the long program, also by David-Dorian Ross. I love the spiritual side of them all too!
    Date published: 2019-04-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Course for those new to Tai Chi I'm brand new to Tai Chi. I appreciate David Dorian Ross's style of instructing the beginner very, very much. Extremely easy to follow. I feel good while I do the tai chi and my entire body feels like I've "awakened it" when I'm done.
    Date published: 2019-03-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from so far, so good I'm 67 years old and have taken a 10 form tai chi class, twice a week, for 3 years. I wanted to learn more forms and practice more often. I downloaded the class to my desktop computer and practice in front of my computer. The forms on the video are slightly different from what I have learned, and I'm still trying to decide which form to follow. There are 5 lectures. I like the ones on Strength, Flow, and ToGo. The main difference between these classes and my local tai chi class, is the instructor in the video does the same form two to three times to the left or right before going to the next form. I'm used to doing a new form immediately following another form. Either way, I think the value and importance is in shifting your weight from one leg to the other leg, back and forth, over and over, and using your brain to control the movements of your arms and legs. If a person makes these exercises a part of their daily or weekly routine, it will make everything else you do, more enjoyable.
    Date published: 2019-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed! I needed a program that would address a need for flexibility, balance, weight bearing, and mental stimulating. My research led me to Tai Chi. The next thing to consider is my need for an easy to follow program that could be done without memorization. After research into specific Tai Chi programs and reading many reviews, The Great Courses rose to the top of my list. I have only used the Over 50 program and have found that alone to be worth the course. It is easy to follow without frustration or being overwhelmed! I look forward to trying the other included routines.
    Date published: 2019-02-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tai Chi Fitness I bought this a few weeks ago and have gone through the first session, but it was not clear from the start that I would need to purchase "balls" to successfully use the video. I suggest that if equipment is required that it be very clear.
    Date published: 2019-02-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tai chi Great for those who need to exercise after surgery, this has been a great help in my recovery.
    Date published: 2019-01-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am 9 months post spinal surgery. I have been going to PT for several months to improve my balance . Nothing has done as much to improve my balance as The video Tai Chi fitness over 50. I have performed the program daily for 1 month.
    Date published: 2019-01-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from To Your Health! Had been considering tai chi as exercise as most of the aerobic videos I used to enjoy are too hard on old joints (female, over 60). After some practice w/ online, free videos & additional research, I chose this program. I have really enjoyed learning these exercises; the instructor makes is easy to follow (learn) the movements. Btwn his instructions & by observing his movements, my form, tho evolving, is improving. At the end of each exercise period, I've had a workout but don't hurt anywhere; my muscle strength is improving ... as has my blood pressure! I have downloaded some of the exercises on an iPad so as to take the ability to exercise w/ me when I travel. It is also an activity I enjoy when the weather outside is frightful ;) I specifically chose an Exercise plan & use other means to learn about tai chi philosophy. Also, I use tai chi in conjunction w/ other forms of exercise. I would definitely recommend this class to others -- of any age.
    Date published: 2018-12-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very useful While we also have a Great Courses Plus subscription and this is on it, I bought this so I could download the workouts for trips - and that shows how important they've become to me. There's a good spectrum, from slow and controlled, which is making a difference to my balance and awareness of body position, to more in the direction of strength. I've been using them for about 4 months now and plan to continue.
    Date published: 2018-12-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from How do I get the digital content of the Tai Chi Fitness Workouts? I have received the physical copy of The Everyday Gourmet, the other course I bought along with the digital copy of Tai Chi, but I don't have any link to access the Tai Chi digital content.
    Date published: 2018-11-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from this is a good choice i have a few of his dvds now and he hasnt disappointed me yet. good variety of workouts for everyone. You just mirror his movements and watch his feet carefully!! if you have trouble getting started with hands and feet together just do the feet a couple of times then go to town with the whole thing. great teaching style. good sense of humor
    Date published: 2018-11-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gentle, Graceful, and Very Beneficial I've just recently completed all of the workouts. There is just a bit of background instruction at the beginning of the first workout and I think it's the right amount. I say this because the workouts are easy to follow, flowing gently and slowly. The moves are repetitive and new moves are introduced, then also included and repeated.David Dorian Ross is easy to understand and watching his leg stance,foot stance, and arm movements is easy and helpful.With each workout I feel the flow more. I have caught a glimpse of myself in a nearby mirror and like the graceful look of my movement. I am 57 years old and had been very active with power walking, race walking, cycling, yoga, pilates and more. That's until I had a series of health issues and injuries occur, the most serious of those being colon cancer and an IT band injury. I looked for a practice to assist in healing so I could resume some, if not all, of my former activities. This Tai Chi Fitness program along with some qi gong and yin yoga have been helping a great deal. I do enjoy this program. The reasons for only 4 stars are as follows: 1. Streaming on my smart TV and/or I-Pad and tablet computer is glitchy and difficult to select where I want to start or resume. 2. There is a bit too much of a sales push for another program. 3.An optional choice of program with affordable chi balls would be desirable. Having said this, I am glad that I ordered the DVD and still have a portable DVD player! I do recommend this program. It could be a lifelong workout program to enjoy, to benefit from as is and to build upon if so desired.
    Date published: 2018-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beginning Tai Chi I bought this to learn some simple Tai Chi movements. I haven't made it all the way through yet, but I'm hopeful. My main problem so far has been trying to get right and left figured out when watching a reverse view. However, at the end of the last section I watched, he mentioned that you can start either to the left or the right and since he does both side, I think it will work the next time I try to use it.
    Date published: 2018-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Workout I was surprised at how these gentle movements are such a vigorous workout.
    Date published: 2018-10-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tai Chi Fitness workout for over 50 I bought this as soon as it came out. I will buy anything by David Dorian Ross. He is the best! Have followed him for years. I am so glad the great courses have started to implement exercise videos like the Tai Chi. Great for any age and beneficial to so many health issues. I was excited to see the course offered and I love it!
    Date published: 2018-10-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am really enjoying this course This course has been sent to me at the perfect time. I was looking to tai chi as an accompaniment to my regular fitness routine. The over 50 video is the one I started with and hope to move into the other sets. I find the instruction clear, concise, and easy to follow. I did find at first that my shoulders were a little tired, but thankfully I have been practicing and this has gotten better. I am looking forward to learning the other sets.
    Date published: 2018-09-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I haven't gotten through the full course but enjoying immensely. Easy to follow and if you don't have balls just pick up something else. I like Tai Chi and now feel like I'm building up my strength more. Nice slow and stead pace. Bought at discounted price.
    Date published: 2018-09-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! Just what I needed to start the journey. He is very easy to follow and it’s very refreshing to learn both the principles and the practice.
    Date published: 2018-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for me! I have looking into Tai chi to improve my balance and the video of tai chi for over 50 fit the bill for where I am physically. I have been having extreme weakness in my legs for the last 5 years and this video is like a restorative routine as well as learn some tai chi movements. The instructor is excellent at explaining the movements
    Date published: 2018-08-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to follow Very easy to follow the practice again and again. No need to back
    Date published: 2018-08-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent workout!! These are amazing workouts, but I did not know that Tai Chi balls were needed. I had to settle for open palm 1lb weights, but I did not have a bigger Tai Chi ball. I would have given the course 5 stars if not for this reason.
    Date published: 2018-08-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I need to hang on when doing the exercises, but I'm sure they will help my stability
    Date published: 2018-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The five workouts are excellent, particularly the one for over 50. However, I did learn some new things, and Mr. Ross could improve his presentation by ceasing to tell me that I am not going to learn anything new.
    Date published: 2018-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing instructor! I have learned so much from this interactive instruction & am now a big fan of tai chi practice. Ross makes this practice very accessible. Excellent course!
    Date published: 2018-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative, and easy to follow Bought this for my mom, and everyone in the family ended up using it. It's a very easy program to follow, and even though it doesn't feel like a strenuous work out, you'll be surprised the next day how much you'll feel it in your body. Great way to quiet your brain and center yourself. There's a work out in there for everyone!
    Date published: 2018-06-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have not gone beyond the beginner's section yet, but I find the instructor easy to understand and follow. However, I do find the quality of the sound less than optimum - echo and reverb makes it a little difficult to hear.
    Date published: 2018-06-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tai Chi Fitness I purchased this video DVD for some exercise that would be low impact and for a 50+ plus individual. The instructor is very informative and explains every step in the routine. The routines are just the right amount of exercise for what I was looking for.
    Date published: 2018-06-04
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