Tai Chi Chuan and the Code of Life: Revealing the Deeper Mysteries of China's Ancient Art for Health and Harmony

Tai Chi Chuan and the Code of Life: Revealing the Deeper Mysteries of China's Ancient Art for Health and Harmony

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By (author) Graham Horwood

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  • Publisher: Singing Dragon
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 228mm x 20mm | 460g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848190018
  • ISBN 13: 9781848190016
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
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  • Sales rank: 388,014

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In Tai Chi Chuan and the Code of Life, Graham Horwood describes the various styles of Tai Chi Chuan, exploring its roots in the Chinese philosophy of Taoism as well as elaborating on the evolution it has undergone over millennia. In order to understand the energetic method of Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung, he highlights parallels between its source, The I Ching, and archetypal principles from both Eastern and Western philosophy and medicine. The text and diagrams show the synergy between the different cultures, and shows how they are all linked. This enables the beginner or the experienced Tai Chi practitioner to improve their understanding of Tai Chi, which will strengthen both the mind and body, opening the gateway to the inner person. Drawing on information from the Yang family's formerly secret teachings, the book explains how to build chi (energy), circulate and store it, and also includes an exclusive set of Chi Kung exercises which will augment the building, circulation and storage of chi for the healer and martial practitioner, showing the path to optimizing the practitioner's energetic and spiritual development. The exercises are accompanied by an explanation of where chi comes from and its application for the mind and body as well as the flow in the meridians. The book provides an excellent introduction to both the theory and key practices of Tai Chi Chuan for the beginner, and multi-level insights for the seasoned practitioner that will enhance his or her practice and understanding of Tai Chi Chuan.

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Graham Horwood was a practising Jungian analyst with over 30 years of training in martial arts and Chinese healing systems. He was the founder and Chief Instructor of the Taoist Group. Horwood's principle Tai Chi teacher, Master Chu King Hung, is considered by many to be the world's leading authority on Family Yang Style Tai Chi.

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Horwood has produced a thoroughly interesting and comprehensive account on the various styles of Tai Chi expertly mixing theory, history and developments of the discipline with exercises that include the building, circulation and storage of chi. For beginners, this offers an excellent introduction of the theory and key practices of Tai Chin Chuan, while for a more advanced practitioners the multi-level insights will enhance their understanding and practice. An invaluable resource for thos interested in the discipline. -- Yoga (Mind Body and Spirit)

Table of contents

Introduction. Jung, Wilhelm, and the I Ching. The I Ching and Life in Harmony. Feng Shui and the Balance of Nature. Science, DNA, and Tai Chi. The Role of Change in the University Life Force. The Dark and Light Sides of Tai Chi Chuan. Chapter One: The Philosophy of Taoism from a Western Perspective. Chinese Thought and History. Alchemy and Opposition. The Number and Name of Creation. Tending the Waters of the Unconscious. Chapter Two: The History of Tai Chi Chuan. The Four Styles of Tai Chi Chuan. An Ancient Way of War. The Tai Chi Hermit. The Spiral Dance of Chen Wang Ting. Tai Chi Goes Underground. Yang the Shadow Boxer. The Yang Family Style. What the History of Tai Chi Tells Us. Chapter Three: The Eight Pa Qua Trigrams. Chinese Archetype: Chien-Heaven. Chinese Archetype: Kun-The Receptive. Chinese Archetype: Kan-The Abysmal. Chinese Archetype: Li-The Clinging. Chinese Archetype: Tui-The Joyous. Chinese Archetype: Chen-The Arousing. Chinese Archetype: Ken-Keeping Still. Chinese Archetype: Sun-The Gentle. Conclusion of the Pa Qua and Their Relationship. Chapter Four: The Five Elements-Wu Hsing. The Relationship with the Tai Chi Form, Movement, and Internal Organ Balance. The Psychology of the Wu Hsing. The Four Elements in Greek Thought. From Paracelsus to Quantum Physics. Applications in Tai Chi. Fire Element. Earth Element. Metal Element. Water Element. Wood Element. Conclusion. Chapter Five: The Science of the Inner Breath-Chi Kung. Sexuality, Reproduction, and the Maintenance of Healthy Chi. Forms of Chi Kung. Chi Kung 1-Reverse Breathing. Chi Kung 2-Microcosmic Orbit. Chi Kung 3-Macrocosmic Breathing. Chi Kung 4-Ball Breathing. Chi Kung 5-Condensing Breath. Chi Kung 6-Heaven and Earth Breathing. Chi Kung 7-Meridian Breathing. Chi Kung 8-Five Element Internal Organ Breathing. Chi Kung 9-Eight Trigram Breathing. Chi Kung 10-Variations for Healing. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.