Tai chi is a slow graceful sequence of movements, with its origins in ancient China. it combines slow, graceful movements with calm, regular breathing and is the perfect antidote to a stressful modern life. Today it is practiced the world over by people from all walks of life and is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of fitness training and recreation. The Tai Chi Manual is my second book on the subject, and is ideal for beginners and advanced students alike. Reflecting my own interests in oriental medicine and culture, the approach taken here is to encourage interest in the health and relaxation aspects of tai chi. You will find chapters on health and fitness, therefore, along with information on how tai chi relates to oriental culture - and of course lots of practical, step by step information on how to learn the physical movements of tai chi. The sequence of movements is called 'the form' and the Short Yang Form is the one featured in this book. Included in these pages, you will also find diagrams for feet placement, close up illustrations of hand positions, and detailed instructions on how to create the movements themselves. I hope you enjoy it. By the way, you can also find information on how to obtain audio and video cassettes to help you with your tai chi studies at the back of this book. So there is everything you need here to get started on your tai chi journey!