High Energy Taoist Tai Chi and Taoist Yoga (Lishi)
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- Do a Tai Chi Warmup
- Demonstrate the basic stances needed to do Tai Chi
- Breathe the Tai Chi way
- Complete the Happy Days Breathing Exercise
- Do 2 Dao Yoga Exercises to improve flexibility
- Do Standing Qigong to boost your energy
- The first 3 sequences of the Tai Chi form we practise in Lishi
- Calm your energy to help you sleep
- You should check with a qualified medical practitioner that you have no injuries or illnesses that might prevent you from doing this exercise course.
Tai Chi is often seen as an exercise for older people but the truth is it has massive benefits for people in their twenties and thirties too. If you live a busy lifestyle, recognise that you should be taking better care of your health, want to feel more energised to do the things you love then this course is for you.
Learn Simple Exercises That Boost Your Energy and Make You Feel Great Every Day
In addition to Tai Chi, you will learn some simple Daoist exercises that will help you relax your body, calm your mind, boost your energy and build your confidence.
You will learn:
+How to warm your body up the Tai Chi way (Gentle and nourishing)
+How to breathe properly if you want to relax and boost your energy
+The basic animal stances of the Lishi Daoist Tai Chi
+Daoist Yoga for increased flexibility
+Qigong Energy Work exercises
+Tai Chi for a high energy lifestyle
+A simple exercise for helping you sleep
+The beginnings of moving meditation
Relax and Strengthen Your Mind and Body
I have been practising the Chinese exercise system called Lishi (pronounced "Lee" "Sher") for twenty years and in that time I have seen remarkable changes in the energy levels and happiness of thousands of my students lives. You will immediately feel the benefits of the exercises and can start making a positive difference in your life very quickly.
If you want to take better care of yourself and enjoy even higher energy levels than you do now then making these exercises part of your day will do it for you.
I have structured the course for beginners so that your knowledge builds progressively. We will start with a gentle warm-up so you can start to feel good from gently moving all the muscles and joints of your body.
Next we will look at how to breathe properly in a way that maximises your oxygen intake, calms your emotions, relaxes you mind and body and boosts your energy. I guarantee this will be different from the way that you breathe right now.
The foundations of Tai Chi and all of the other Taoist exercises of Lishi are the stances. I teach you seven basic stances in a fun way that will strengthen your legs and make the following sections easier to enjoy.
Daoist Yoga is different from other forms of yoga because it encourages you to always keep moving and never hold postures. We move in and out of the postures smoothly and fluidly. This develops suppleness in a much more natural way and helps you to embody the principles of flowing with life.
We do some standing energy cultivation exercises (Qigong) which are very simple to do but not necessarily easy so I have created 3 different videos to help you progress, strengthen your stamina and build up your energy.
With the firm foundation of the previous exercises in place you are now ready to learn the first three sequences of the Tai Chi Form. We will look at the stance-work, the hand and arm positions and the breathing so that you can co-ordinate all three, perform the moves fluidly and start to experience moving meditation.
The course is designed to give you an introduction to the exercises without overwhelming you with technical detail. If you enjoy the exercises, feel the benefits and start making them part of your life I outline how you can go deeper and further into these exercises to get even more benefit from this course.
- People in their twenties and thirties curious about Tai Chi, Yoga or Meditation who want to live a healthier life.
- Existing students of Lishi Daoist Tai Chi and Daoist Arts
Welcome to the course!
In this video we take a quick look at what we will cover through the course and the benefits that people experience from doing these exercises.
It is important to prepare the body for exercise.
In this video we introduce the Lishi Daoist Tai Chi Warm-up and cover some basic health and safety points.
Starting from the centre
Some gentle exercises for warming up your core.
It's not the same as what you've been doing all your life
The breathe is key to a healthy, high energy lifestyle and yet few people do it right.
The Building Blocks
A house needs firm foundations and the practice of Tai Chi is built on strong stance-work. In this video we introduce the importance of the animal stances.
Flex and Lengthen from your Fingertips to your Toes
Remembering to be gentle with your body, this exercise will increase your flexibility and strength throughout your body. DO THE EXERCISE AT A LEVEL THAT IS APPROPRIATE TO YOU. Dao Yoga is not about competing with anyone, it is about listening to your body and gently increasing it's range of movement over time.
Gather Celestial Energy
Simple moves that set the scene for the Lishi Daoist Tai Chi Form.
Look at how far you've come
Now that you've finished the course for the first time, we review the different exercises covered and help solidify the learnings in your mind and body.
This Could be the Beginning of Something Wonderful
Hopefully this course has given you a little taste of the Daoist Arts of Lishi and introduced you to the Daoist idea of a high energy lifestyle. There are many more exercises in Lishi and lots of opportunities to learn. We run classes in Europe, US and China as well as doing winter retreats in Sunny Tenerife. We also plan to create more online courses where you can go deeper in your practice and learn the full Tai Chi form as well as other exercises and forms.
What does this all mean?
This course was an introduction to High Energy Tai Chi but the Tai Chi form that we practise is part of a much bigger system of Daoist exercise called Lishi (pronounced "Lee" "Sher"). In this video I give you a brief explanation and point you towards where you can discover more.
I have also provided a number of PDF resources for you to get a better idea of what Lishi is all about.