with David-Dorian Ross
Online Class

Mastering Tai Chi

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Overview

Start your journey of personal mastery with internationally acclaimed tai chi master David-Dorian Ross. Follow along as he takes you deep into the principles of this ancient Chinese practice as well as its long history, classic texts, and techniques to strengthen you body and mind. Along the way, you’ll master the Yang-style 40-movement form and discover a set of mental tools that you can apply in all areas of your life.

Details

  • beginner
  • 24 episodes
  • 12h32m

Included in this Class

1. The Path Towards Mastery
37m

1. The Path Towards Mastery

Welcome to the guan, or tai chi studio. Start your journey on the path of mastery as David-Dorian Ross explains how taijiquan is a complex system that weaves together martial artistry, the pursuit of health and longevity, and the philosophy of harmony and balance. Practice several stances that you'll use throughout the Yang-style 40-movement form, then learn your first tai chi principle.

2. Harmony Is the Ultimate Goal
32m

2. Harmony Is the Ultimate Goal

Continue your study of tai chi's principles with its most fundamental concept: When you're in harmony and balance, everything works better. Consider how this applies to your body, your mind, and your relationships with others. Then learn the first two movements of the Yang-style 40 form: Commencing and Grasp the Bird's Tail.

3. Walking Like a Cat
32m

3. Walking Like a Cat

Movements in tai chi are graceful, balanced and unhurried. This is accomplished through mindful awareness of your body, thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness is an essential element of tai chi and a vital tool for a harmonious life. Use this awareness as you learn the next two movements of the form: Single Whip, and Step Up and Raise Hands.

1. The Path Towards Mastery

1. The Path Towards Mastery

2. Harmony Is the Ultimate Goal

2. Harmony Is the Ultimate Goal

3. Walking Like a Cat

3. Walking Like a Cat

4. Mind Over Muscles

4. Mind Over Muscles

5. Taming the Monkey Mind

5. Taming the Monkey Mind

6. The Bow & Arrow

6. The Bow & Arrow

7. Practicing in a Small Space

7. Practicing in a Small Space

8. Hips & Waist: The Center Is the Commander

8. Hips & Waist: The Center Is the Commander

9. Feet: Separate Empty From Full

9. Feet: Separate Empty From Full

10. Shoulders: Finding Reasons to Let Go

10. Shoulders: Finding Reasons to Let Go

11. Inside Reflects the Outside

11. Inside Reflects the Outside

12. Chest, Posture & the Natural Curve

12. Chest, Posture & the Natural Curve

13. Bring Out Your Flow

13. Bring Out Your Flow

14. Transitions as Smooth as Silk

14. Transitions as Smooth as Silk

15. Legs to Arms: Connecting Upper & Lower

15. Legs to Arms: Connecting Upper & Lower

16. A Movable Meditation

16. A Movable Meditation

17. Bouncing Away Conflict

17. Bouncing Away Conflict

18. The Peaceful Warrior

18. The Peaceful Warrior

19. Qigong Breathing

19. Qigong Breathing

20. Partners: The Whole Body Is the Hand

20. Partners: The Whole Body Is the Hand

21. Five Stages of Mastery

21. Five Stages of Mastery

22. Lotus Kick & Laughing Buddha

22. Lotus Kick & Laughing Buddha

23. Conserve Your Energy

23. Conserve Your Energy

24. Another River to Cross

24. Another River to Cross