Synopses & Reviews
magazine has called tai chi “the perfect exercise,” while the Harvard Health Review
dubbed this martial art form “medication in motion.” Like yoga before it, Tai Chi’s popularity has increased dramatically in recent years, with classes popping up everywhere. But it is still often stereotyped as slow and only for elderly people. Now, this indispensible guide offers an accessible, user-friendly approach to this dynamic, rich, ancient tradition, grounding the beginner in tradition and basic technique while offering the more experienced practitioner insights, history, and inspiration. Tai Chi—The Perfect Exercise
shares the myriad mental and physical benefits of the practice, including easing chronic pain and illness, dealing with stress, and resolving conflicts more easily. Tai Chi is the answer for anyone—regardless of level of fitness or strength—looking for an exercise program that develops the mind as well as the body.
"Trained by heirs to the lineage that developed tai chi and a certified master, Rosenfeld offers an overview of the ideological basis and purpose of the mind-body art. He establishes how this practice concretizes Tao philosophy while integrating central aspects of Chinese martial arts and the balance-based healing of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Rosenfeld also intersperses conjecture on the power of tai chi to counteract stresses he attributes to consumerism, greed, and fast-paced living. From repositioning one's center of gravity to enhancing one's connection to the earth via 'rooting', these straightforward exercises emphasize basic tenants of tai chi and their practical results. The succinct how-to passages dedicated to specific exercises weave in questions designed to help the practitioner focus on intricate adaptations of both the physical and mental state, while those already acquainted with tai chi will appreciate explorations into the art's storied past. Outlining how the practice engenders creative solutions to daily problems which involve neither force nor yielding Rosenfeld builds a case for tai chi's applications beyond physical well-being. Deftly moving between the ideas behind the craft and its observable benefits such as fine-tuned sensuality the book serves as robust introduction for those curious about the practice. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
After my own decades of attempting to convey in ordinary English the deep and subtle insights of the Taoist traditions, I can appreciate the masterful contribution Arthur Rosenfeld had made with his Tai ChiThe Perfect Exercise. He brings sharp clarity to a subject too often shrouded in mystery and confusion.” Guy Leekley, author of Tao Te Ching: A New Version for All Seekers
Whether you're a man or a woman, beauty starts from within. Trust Arthur Rosenfeld's easy-to-understand mind/body exercises to reduce your stress, increase your fitness, and transform you inside to out.” Peter Thomas Roth, CEO, Peter Thomas Roth Labs
Arthur Rosenfeld is one of the most special and genuine voices in the arts today. Not persuaded by fame, attention or self-congratulatory actions; he walks a path that is unique, winding and full of discoveries, surprises and truth, not just for himself but for those lucky enough to align themselves with him.” Del Weston, Martial Artist, Producer, Writer, and Director
"Rosenfelds Tai Chi is as unique a contribution to the martial art as Bruce Lees Tao of Jeet Kune Do was to his. This muscular work weaves history and modernity with philosophy and combat to create a tapestry that transcends all disciplines. Tai chi will travel with you regardless of where you go and regardless of whether you take it." Cameron Conaway, author of Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet
Arthur Rosenfeld is rightfully one of the foremost tai chi masters in this country if not the world. This mastery has spiraled into his writing. Although a Zen teacher, I have practiced tai chi for many years. This book has illumined my practice and offers fresh teaching examples in the areas of breath and energy that I can share with my students. Im highly appreciative of his contribution with this work.” Mitchell Doshin Cantor, Sensei, The Southern Palm Zen Group
Rosenfeld's book will improve your health and your mind. Easy and fun to read, it is filled with uplifting stories, lots to make you think about the world and plenty of easy-to-follow practical fitness advice. A delight.” Graeme Maxton, bestselling author and Fellow of the Club of Rome
This book is not a how to but rather a why you shouldan extended meditation on some of the central philosophical and physical tenets of tai chi as well as the physical and spiritual benefits the art can provide. Rosenfeld wisely uses his personal experience as a practitioner and his nuanced understanding of Taoist principles to explain how tai chi practice builds health and leads to an enhanced understanding of the human body. Each chapter explains significant aspects of tai chi physical principles, philosophy and ideas, finishing with exercises at three different levels that are designed to permit the reader to blend physical experience with conceptual insight
.This a valuable and mature meditation on the virtually limitless depths of this art.” John Donohue, author of the Connor Burke martial arts thrillers Sensei, Deshi, Tengu and Kage
Deftly moving between the ideas behind the craft and its observable benefitssuch as fine-tuned sensualitythe book serves as robust introduction for those curious about the practice.”PublishersWeekly.com, 6/28/13
As gentle as the regimen itself.”Infodad.com, 7/11/13
Tai Chi: The Perfect Exercise goes far beyond the superficial approach aimed only at grabbing the latest fitness fad. It is a tremendously valuable resource for those who want a deeper understanding of tai chi and the philosophy that supports it.”Curled Up with a Good Book, 8/28/13
[Rosenfeld] shares the information with readers in a poetic yet easy-to-understand fashion. Tai Chi: The Perfect Exercise is a doorway for beginners to peek into the amazing world of Tai Chi; it is also a guidebo
Offering tranquility, clarity, relaxation, efficiency, and effectiveness, Tai Chi Master Rosenfeld presents Tai Chi for experienced practitioners and those who are interested in checking it out.”
Lone Star Book Review, Winter issue
This is a perfect form of exercise for the Baby Boomers, and anyone else who is interested.”
From the host of PBS’s Longevity Tai Chi
: a guide to the art, practice, and health benefits of Tai Chi
The host of PBSs 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.
About the Author
is an authority on the cultural, social, and spiritual dimensions of Eastern thinking for the Western world. As a novelist, speaker, documentary filmmaker and tai chi masterand Yale graduatehe combines the scientific background and communication skills gained through advanced studies at Cornell and the University of California with realworld savvy gleaned from creative, high-level corporate positions. His national PBS program Longevity Tai Chi With Arthur Rosenfeld
began a three-year run in 2011 and has penetrated more than half the PBS stations nationwide, airing repeatedly as a pledge program. Rosenfeld contributes to such magazines as Vogue, Vanity Fair,
and has been cited in Newsweek, Ebony
and other national magazines.