T'ai Chi For Beginners Video
T'ai Chi For Beginners

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T'ai Chi For Beginners

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U.S. and world t'ai chi medalist David Dorian Ross provides clear, insightful instruction with a personal one-to-one feel in this introductory routine. The result is candid, thoughtful explanation that is perfect for beginner students. David teaches 8 essential t'ai chi poses, a total-body workout that resembles a martial arts dance, with breathing and mental imagery techniques that intensify the practice's proven health and fitness benefits.


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kat.hub, posted on July 15, 2016

I'm confused between what his instructions are, e.g. left/right and what I see. It's not matching. I am attaching my computer to the TV to see it on the big screen. Could it be that this causes a mirror image? The last two movements are complicated to follow.

CAMERONW, posted on June 11, 2016

This should be easy, but between the constant panning of the camera, often not showing the full body, and the unneeded zooming, this is very annoying. I wish there were more choices.

jlwk22, posted on December 2, 2014

I also found the right/left thing an issue. He gives good explanations but should mirror the student. My video also abruptly stopped about 34 minutes into the practice. I may do the shorter videos first since without mirroring the moves can be very confusing.

malinda.kopec, posted on January 24, 2015


shannavanderhulst, posted on May 7, 2014

If you get an error that the video won't work... And those of you using HTTPS, shut that down and it will work :).

minerkat, posted on March 6, 2014

Great instruction, but I struggled with mirroring just like several others. It would be so much easier if the instructor was turned around. He has a microphone on, so his instruction is still heard.

bryan.mccaffrey, posted on February 5, 2014

Great instruction. The video is still a bit shaky 10 minutes in. Would be nice to have this fixed. It's been years since I practiced Tai Chi but it's coming back with this video. Great service.

becker.marisa, posted on January 22, 2014

I practiced T'ai Chi for a little bit in college but it had been many years since my last class when I watched this video and I'm definitely not an expert. I too had some issues getting the left/right hands & feet, but by rewinding and doing it over and over with David-Dorian, then trying it on my own without the video going, eventually it all started to click and come back to me. I found the instructor likable, inviting and accessible. I look forward to trying other videos in his collection and incorporating T'ai Chi with my other meditative practices. I did not experience any problems with the video freezing.

jennifer_pike, posted on November 26, 2013

This video starts fine but within 15 mins it started getting shaky. I went with it for about 10 mins but finally had to turn it off, too distracting. I have not had issues with other videos so i'm assuming it is not my computer.

Gaiam_TV, posted on November 26, 2013

Thank you for letting us know. We are checking the file and hope to have a fixed version soon!
Gaiam TV team

bbeech5, posted on January 3, 2014

I am glad to see that Gaiam is intending to provide a version free of the visual breakup of this excellent video. I have watched two others by the same instructor and, disappointingly, they suffer from similar distortion. I hope the whole series will be upgraded.

Smilenerin, posted on December 17, 2012

I love this video. I learned a long time ago to place a full length mirror against a chair Across From the t.v. That way, you can view it and follow him exactly and be on the correct hand and foot. Being left handed, it has always been impossible to deal with these instructional videos until I got the idea of reversing the image. It also gives you the opportunity of seeing yourself and your form while watching the instructor. Works for me.

Heather at GaiamTV, posted on December 17, 2012

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Flowerchild, posted on November 30, 2012

I really like the video but do better with the sound off because even though the instructions would be helpful, they make it confusing because he is doing opposite what he is saying.

NancyM, posted on June 2, 2012

This practice seems to be more dependent on left vs. right when it comes to arm and foot positions but since the demonstration on tv is a mirror of what we're supposed to be doing at home, I felt myself constantly struggling to keep in sync. It's natural to want to mimic the instructor's movements but if you do, you'll be on the opposite side of what's happening.

I kept on having to stop an consciously think "right hand goes up" when I found that my left hand was going up. Other than that, it's a great introduction to Tai Chi.

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