Yes. If you want to get close to 100% of the benefits.
Videos and books are ok as supplements to an actual teacher but a live teacher will be able to detect the incorrect movements/postures and esplain exactly what you are doing wrong and also answers your inevitable questions.
Tai Chi and Chi Kung are very precise disciplines and there are many subtleties that only an experienced and adept teacher can point out.
Movements that seem simple are usually quite complex, subtle and the student will not be aware of what they may be doing wrong.
Done absolutely correctly you will get close to 100% benefit; doing it 50 % correctly you will get 50 % benefit...Done totally wrong you get zero benefit.
So with tapes and books you will probably gain anywhere from zero to 30 % of the possible benefits, depending on you natural skill, dedication and amount of time spent daily. These disciplines are not meant to be done casually-- one needs real dedication, devotion and absloute focus and daily practice.
With a qualified teacher most beginning students get about 70% to 90 % benefit...
It helps to read the theory behind the culitvation of chi... it also is a great advantage to combine sitting meditation with Tai Chi and/or Chi Kung... this exponentially increases the benefits and speeds up your progress.
Based on your circumstances, I recommend you work with a teacher on an infrequent basis. Take a lesson with a qualified teacher and learn a few basic moves, start with Qigong. Get the teacher to correct and critique you...then practice.
It's not ideal but at least you will get started.. then later on join a group..there are inexpensive classes at most community centers.
You can't get the total benifit without a teacher but doing tai chi with a video is better than not at all. I suggest you get good books and videos and stay committed to regular practice. Always keep your eyes open to find a good teacher. You might fnd that there are a lot of different styles of Qigong. You should be careful to find a qualified teacher in this area. Some practices if done incorrectly can do more harm than good.
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