Dr. Yang Yang is a master practitioner and instructor within the traditional Tai Chi / Qigong community. He is also a leading research scientist in applying the highest standards of Western science to evaluate the mechanisms and benefits of this mind-body exercise
To understand the power and mechanics of Tai Chi and Qigong beyond traditional frameworks, Dr. Yang completed a Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois, where he remains on the adjunct faculty. His research focuses directly on the mechanisms and benefits of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. A result of his research is the development of the “Evidence Based Tai Chi” program, or EBT.
Dr. Yang’s system contains both static and dynamic Qigong (meditational exercises) and a seven movement form. The form is challenging yet adaptable to suit persons of all ages and physical abilities.
Learning the complete seven movement EBT form in a relatively short time is very doable. Benefits include; improved strength, balance, agility, reaction time and an overall sense of well-being. Most important – It’s also a lot of fun!
Dr. Yang founded the Center for Taiji Studies in 1996. He is author of Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power. He has presented at the National Institutes of Health, Dana-Barber Cancer Institute, the Mayo Clinic and regularly teaches at the nearby Esalen Institute in Big Sur and the Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge, MA.
In 1968, Dr. Paul Lam, then a young medical student, realized he had been experiencing the signs of osteoarthritis for some years. He decided to take up Tai Chi which was considered to be an effective therapy for arthritis in China. Since 1976, Dr. Lam has been a family physician and a Tai Chi teacher in Sydney.
In 1997, Dr. Lam realized he wanted to share his experience of the benefits of Tai Chi with other people with arthritis. Working with a group of Tai Chi and medical experts, he developed the twelve-movement Tai Chi for Arthritis program with the following objectives.
• To provide a safe and enjoyable program that is easy for people to learn, regardless their physical condition, age or prior knowledge of Tai Chi.
• To deliver maximum relief from the main problems experienced by people with arthritis - pain, depression and loss of ability to do things.
• To benefit health in general.
• To improve relaxation
Eric has studied and taught both forms of Tai Chi listed here.