Tai chi is becoming more popular in the United States as Americans look for new and different ways to exercise. DVDs and CDs can provide a start with tai chi. Check http://www.taichihealth.net/ and http://www.collagevideo.com for a selection of tai chi programs -- everything from tai chi for seniors to urban tai chi. Others may be better served learning tai chi hands on...that is, with an instructor. The movements should be done properly, and a watchful instructor might be better at helping you than a video if you have difficulty with movement. Check your local community recreation center, health club, martial arts studio, Y, or senior center for tai chi classes. Of course, if there are no classes in your area, then a video is the next best thing.
There are several styles of tai chi. The wu style seems best for balance and fall prevention, but your choices may be limited, and so you should practice whatever is available to you. As tai chi gains in popularity, your options may increase, but you may not have a choice for now. However, since all styles of tai chi involve slow, flowing movements with attention to breathing, you'll benefit from whatever style you can find.
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