Riverside Tai Chi Online Book Store

Classic and New Tai Chi Books

Buy Them Here For Great Value and a Low Price.
Click On Any Book Cover For More Info and Price.

Riverside Tai Chi is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate  advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and  linking to amazon.com

Taoist Foreplay: Love Meridians and Pressure Points by Mantak Chia (Author), Kris Deva North (Author) Sexual techniques and traditional Chinese medicine for increased pleasure. Reveals how to enhance relationships by harmonizing male and female energies. Includes easy-to-follow, illustrated acupressure massage routines. Taught to Chinese emperors, their wives, and their concubines for thousands of years, Taoist sexual techniques help lovers harmonize their cycles of pleasure and utilize the abundance of reproductive power that is otherwise wasted in non-procreative sex. Combining the study of sex with traditional Chinese medicine, these practices stimulate and sustain sexual desire through the meridians and pressure points and enhance relationships by harmonizing male (yang) and female (yin) energies.

Using easy-to-follow illustrations, Taoist Foreplay guides lovers through simple acupressure massage routines connecting all the points and channels that increase pleasure and spark arousal. It shows how to prolong peak moments, maintain sexual health through prostate massage and jade egg exercises, and sustain the intensity of first love through all the seasons of a maturing relationship. It also explains how to reveal and overcome incompatibility with the Taoist Zodiac. From foreplay to climax, these practices offer a way to keep the flame of sexual energy alive.

 The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan: A comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Practice (Tuttle Martial Arts) by Wong Kiew Kit. One of the most popular Chinese martial arts, Tai Chi Chuan is also one of the most effective stress relievers available. In China it is also used extensively for the prevention and treatment of illnesses, and its beneficial effects for health and fitness are now widely recognized in the West. The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan is a comprehensive and fascinating guide to the practical application and potential benefits of Tai Chi Chuan. Packed with step-by-step illustrations for practice at home, this tai chi guide covers everything you would want to know about this ancient art, including its benefits for mental, spiritual and emotional development. This tai chi book is both an ideal introductory guide and an invaluable reminder for those who have already taken classes.

 

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart and a Sharp Mind (Harvard Health Publications) by Peter Wayne. Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind. This research provides fascinating insight into the underlying physiological mechanisms that explain how Tai Chi actually works.

 Tai Chi Chuan Classical Yang Style: The Complete Form and Qigong: by Yang Jwing-Ming. Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) is a slow and relaxed moving meditation. It is also a sophisticated martial arts system. Through practicing Taijiquan, you are able to calm down the mind, locate your spiritual center, and consequently find your entire being. From the relaxed moving exercise, you can bring your physical body into an ultimate level of relaxation and natural ease, resulting in smooth Qi (inner energy) and blood circulation. This is a key to maintaining health and recovering from sickness. This book is an in-depth guide for beginners to learn Taijiquan properly. It offers a general plan for practicing Taijiquan, and then goes into great depth to present enough content for proper learning.

 Simplified Tai Chi Chuan: 24 Postures with Applications and Standard 48 Postures (Revised) by Shou – Yu Liang. Learn today’s most popular tai chi forms! This book is designed for self-study and can help you learn both the Simplified Tai Chi Chuan 24 Posture form and the Simplified Tai Chi Chuan 48 Posture form quickly and accurately.  Simplified Tai Chi Chuan 24 Posture is one of today’s most popular tai chi forms. Once learned, it can be performed in only six minutes. If you are learning tai chi in school, a fitness club, a community or recreation center, or even the local park, this is the tai chi form you are likely to encounter.  The martial arts applications for each posture are shown so you can understand that every movement has a purpose.  Simplified Tai Chi Chuan 48 Posture is a popular tai chi form practiced by those who want a longer, more challenging sequence.

 

 Tai Chi Classics (Shambhala Classics) by Waysun Liao: According to Master Liao, the great power of T’ai Chi cannot be realized without knowing its inner meaning.  T’ai Chi Classics  presents the inner meaning and techniques of T’ai Chi movements through translations of three core classics of T’ai Chi, often considered the “T’ai Chi Bible.” The texts are introduced by three chapters explaining how to increase inner energy  (ch’i), transform it into inner power  (jing), and project this inner power outward to repel an opponent without physical contact. Master Liao also provides a description of the entire sequence of T’ai Chi movements, illustrated by his own line drawings.

 The Tai Chi Book: Refining and Enjoying a Lifetime of Practice, by Robert Chuckrow: Finalist – 2008 IP’s Book AwardThe Tai Chi Book is a detailed guide for students who’ve learned a Tai Chi form and want to know more. It also introduces beginners to the principles behind great Tai Chi, and answers common questions that all of us have.The Tai Chi Book shows you how to use Tai Chi to gain strength in your bones, muscles and vital organs, how to improve your balance and flexibility, and how to achieve remarkable vitality.The author also introduces complex elements of Tai Chi, including ways to develop the relaxed strength known as sung, how to cultivate and feel Chi, how to train mindfulness, and a helpful chapter on being a student.In addition, the author explores the debate over Tai Chi breathing patterns, explains in detail proper body alignment, and tells why Pushing Hands is more important than you might think.The Tai Chi Book is your guide to the fullest health benefits of Tai Chi and to higher levels of skill and ability.Like two books in one–basic and advanced Tai Chi training.Find out how to choose and relate to a teacher.Develop remarkable vitality and longevity.Includes the Cheng Man-ch’ing short form.More than one hundred photos and illustrations.

 

 The Essence of T’ai Chi Ch’uan: The Literary Tradition, by various (Author) Benjamin P. Lo, (Translator) Martin Inn, (Translator) Susan Foe, (Translator) Robert Amacker: A handbook of the classical Chinese literature on which the art of t’ai chi is based. First English translation of the classic texts of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. This is required reading for practitioners of every style.

 

 Chi: Discovering Your Life Energy, by Waysun Liao:  Chi is the invisible energy of life that flows in and around us throughout the universe. Used skillfully, it can have a remarkable effect on health and vitality—to the degree that you’d be tempted to call it magical, if it weren’t so completely natural. Here is a perfect introduction to chi that explains in a direct and simple way what it is and why it is essential to a healthy and vital life. It provides an easy-to-understand explanation of chi, and then helps readers recognize, develop, and strengthen their own chi through specific breathing techniques and basic exercises, all demonstrated by the author.  There are many books on chi development through t’ai chi and qigong practice, but this one goes deeper to enable you to understand the fundamental principles as you cultivate it. This book is a reference for alternative health professionals such as acupuncturists and shiatsu therapists and their patients, as well as for anyone who practices t’ai chi, qigong, aikido, and other chi-based martial arts.

 

 Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises on T’ai Chi Ch’uan, by Cheng Man-Ch’ing (Author) Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo ( Translator) Martin Inn (Translator). Millions of people worldwide practice t’ai chi, the most popular form of which was codified beginning in the 1960s by Cheng Man Ch’ing. In this scholarly yet practical book, Professor Cheng shows precisely how the postures and moves of t’ai chi work, with examples from anatomy and physics, both internally as energetic principles and externally on opponents. He clarifies the spheres, triangles, and centripetal and centrifugal forces within physical exchanges such as push-hands. Contrasting Western and Chinese techniques of healing, he also explores the relationships of organs to one another in pathology and the necessary dynamics of treatment. Professor Cheng explains how the practitioner may serve as his or her own doctor and, likewise, as the physician or trainer of an attacker. The martial arts, he says, are not a special case of unusual power, simply an aspect of adapting natural and cosmic law to circumstance. This edition of the classic text contains 13 major essays; oral secrets from Cheng’s teacher Yang Cheng’fu; a Q&A with commentary on martial arts classics; the author’s application and functions of each of the 37 postures of the short form, with the original photographs of him as a young man; two prefaces; and much more.

 

 Tai Chi–The Perfect Exercise: Finding Health, Happiness, Balance, and Strength, by Arthur Rosenfeld. The host of PBS’s Longevity Tai Chi and leading Western Tai Chi master Arthur Rosenfeld offers a groundbreaking guide to the myriad mental and physical benefits of this ancient martial art, including easing chronic pain and illness, dealing with stress, and resolving conflicts more easily. Are you looking to develop your mind as well as your body? look no further than tai chi.

 

 T’ai Chi: The “Supreme Ultimate” Exercise for Health, Sport, and Self-Defense, by Cheng Man-Ch’ing (Author), Robert W. Smith (Author). Do the Chinese have a secret for youthfulness, health, long life and peace of mind? If they do, an important part of it lies in T’ai-chi, the exercise that millions have been practicing for centuries. To young and old, male and female, weak and strong, T’ai-chi is a wonderful source of relaxation and well-being. In fact, the Chinese consider its purpose to be nothing less than rejuvenation and prolongation of life. T’ai-chi is an effortless and rhythmical art that stresses slow breathing, balanced and relaxed postures, and absolute calmness of mind. It requires no special equipment or place to practice, and takes no more than ten minutes a day. This book, from renowned Tai Chi master, Cheng Man-Ch’ing, introduces T’ai-chi as a means to a healthier life, as a sport and as a method of self defense.

 

 T’ai Chi Ch’uan for Health and Self-Defense: Philosophy and Practice, by T.T. Liang. For the student who has already mastered the basic postures, this book addresses itself to the philosophy behind the system of movements and to all the variations possible.

 

 Classical T’ai Chi Sword (Tuttle Martial Arts), by Chiang Tao Chi (Author), Petra Kobayashi (Author), Toyo Kobayashi (Author). In T’ai Chi Ch’uan, exercising with a sword has developed into an important art. In accordance with the principles of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, the sword practice is an exercise for good health and meditation in motion as well as a method of self-defense. It promotes the development and the application of the inner energy ch’i. The study of the T’ai Chi sword is regarded as its own path which does not necessarily require the knowledge of the other forms of T’ai Chi. It offers a valuable source of concepts and new ideas for students of other martial arts, too, regardless of their backgrounds or current practice. Classical T’ai Chi Sword presents a clearly illustrated introduction into the sword practice complete with photographs, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions. This Tai Chi book is the first basic work on this subject covering all its important aspects.

 

 Tai Chi Chuan Martial Power: Advanced Yang Style; New User Friendly Design, by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. For all students of tai chi. 3rd edition of the best-selling book Tai Chi Theory & Martial Power (over 50,000 copies sold!) includes a new and modern easy-to-follow layout. Each technique is presented in large photographs with detailed instructions. Motion arrows are used on the photographs as an important aid in performing the movements correctly. Sections offer a brief history of Tai Chi, the role of qi in tai chi, and detailed instructions on how to generate amazing “natural” physical power.

     The Dao of Tai Chi Chuan: Way to Rejuvenation (Tai Chi) by Tsung Hwa Jou (Author), Lori S. Elias (Editor), Sharon Rose (Editor), Loretta M. Wollering (Editor) In The Dao of Taijiquan, the author, Jou, Tsung Hwa, himself bears witness to the ability of Tai-Chi to relieve the body of pent-up tension and rejuvenate the spirit in a thorough study of the techniques and classical texts of this ancient martial art. In order to create a serious textbook that explains the philosophy behind the movements of tai chi chuan, he read all available books in both English and Chinese before writing The Dao of Taijiquan.  Now this book can be used as a college textbook for courses in tai chi (whether as a philosophy or in Sports Studies).

Opening The Energy Gates Of Your Body: Qigong for Lifelong Health, by Bruce Frantzis. Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body explains the practice of chi gung (qigong), the 3000-year-old self-healing exercise system from China. Originally published in 1993, this book has become a classic that has inspired tens of thousands of Westerners to learn to activate their chi—life-force energy—to improve their health, reduce stress and reverse the effects of aging. This fully revised edition has more than 100 pages of new material, including Longevity Breathing methods; how cross-training in chi gung can enhance other exercises such as yoga, golf and weight training; and nei gung techniques for advanced practitioners. Chi gung exercises utilize a system of energy channels in the body that are similar to an electrical circuit. Frantzis’ thorough knowledge of energy arts and the Chinese language allow him to peel away the secrecy and metaphors.

 

Classical Northern Wu Style Tai Ji Quan: The Fighting Art of the Manchurian Palace Guard, by Tina Chunna Zhang, (Author), and Frank Allen ( Author), Here is the original, rarely seen Tai Ji Quan developed by Yang Lu Chan’s best Imperial Palace Guard student, Quan You, over 150 years ago. While other styles branched off into sport, health, and meditation, Quan You’s disciples preserved the traditional ways. This book covers the principles, characteristics, and essentials of the Wu method, along with its famous masters. The entire classical form is illustrated step-by-step, and includes weapons skills.

 The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan by Yang Chengfu (Author), Louis Swaim (Translator). The publication in 1934 of Yang Chengfu’s book, Essence and Applications of Taijiquan (Taijiquan Tiyong Quanshu) marked a milestone in the modern evolution of the art of taijiquan. Using what is best-termed demonstration narrative, the author presents form postures and suggested applications from his own perspective, as he performed them. This methodology renders Yang Chengfu’s direct, hands-on teaching of the art with such immediacy and liveliness that the reader experiences the master’s teaching much as his students did.This English translation finally makes Yang Chengfu’s classic work available to taijiquan enthusiasts in the West. It includes notes and commentary that clarify the author’s frequent classical and literary turns of phrase and elucidate the philosophical and political underpinnings that shape the text. The translator investigates and compares several early taijiquan books in order to help explain the roles played by two of Yang Chengfu’s students, Dong Yingjie and Zheng Manqing, in bringing Yang Chengfu’s words and teachings into print.Serious students of taijiquan, and those wishing to deepen their knowledge of taijiquan history and theory, will find this seminal work indispensable to their study and practice.

 

 There Are No Secrets: Professor Cheng Man Ch’ing and his Tai Chi Chuan, by Wolf Lowenthal(Author) “Wolfe Lowenthal’s quiet little memoir will with window-opening wisdom reinforce, I think, my view of how Cheng stood on Tai Chi. It tells how a young writer reacted to this strange Chinese man when he appeared in New York City in the mid-1960s and stayed there for a decade before returning to Taiwan to die in 1975. In a nickel town where neurosis is a cardinal virtue, the Tai Chi center established by Cheng soon became an oasis of learning. In my visits there I was invariably approached by a quiet fellow with a ready smile and loads of questions. His form and sensing hands improved but he never lost his kindly ways. This led me once to tell the three seniors that the one person in the club who best exemplified Tai Chi was this junior. That man who has since become a teacher of the art is the author if this book.” -Robert W. Smith, from the Preface