I started back doing Tai Chi this week. I started doing it last spring and got side lined at some point. I bought two beginner dvds that are highly rated and worked on the moves but found that I got frustrated with my coordination! I've always had that problem, though, it's not Tai Chi, it's me. Even doing those Just Dance on my Wii, I often have to focus on foot work or hand work and get them together gradually. So I'm using this app: https://itunes.apple.com
It has five levels. The first is called Fundamental Movements and this one is free. It has nice range of motion for your whole body, from neck rolls, to shoulder lifts, to toe lifts. It has nice, calming music, and you can use the voice instruction or just the written instruction. There are drawings of the moves, and when you use the Play feature, each move is given to you with the voice instruction. Each move can have 3-4 drawings that progress with the voice instructions to show you how to do the moves. I like using the voice, as each time she reminds me to relax my shoulders, I do that. When I read the instructions, it's not that way! I'm reading everything she says, but just having her voice there helps me to relax.
After doing level one, I forked over the $3.99 for the rest of the app. I'm working on level 2 which is Strength and Motion and really explores many of the arm movements done in Tai Chi. It also does a few of the feet movements.
Level 3 is Balance and Movement, Level 4 is doing Tai Chi with a partner, Level 5 is The Form, which is what my beginner dvds start with. So by the time I get to The Form, I'll have all the different pieces ready to put together into one series of moves.
One good or bad part is that each movement is separate, so you can't play through a whole level, but must physically touch the screen to move to the next and hit the play button. I do like that for now, though, as I will often take a minute to think about the next move before hitting play. By the time I work through this whole app, I'll be ready to do Tai Chi using my dvds or YouTube videos. The app is handy for when I travel.
As I stated, I like Tai Chi over Yoga, at this time, because getting to the floor and moving to different positions on the floor can be difficult due to my lower back issues, which feed into my hips. So I am really awkward doing those parts of yoga! And I often finish yoga with aching lower back and hips, which I don't need, as they ache enough many days.
Today is a Tai Chi day and I look forward to learning a few new moves!