Gaiam Partners With Acclaimed Master T'ai Chi Instructor David-Dorian Ross To Release Intro To T'ai Chi: The 9 Beginner Flows

Gaiam Partners With Acclaimed Master T'ai Chi Instructor David-Dorian Ross To
 Release Intro To T'ai Chi: The 9 Beginner Flows DVD And T'ai Chi For Health
          And Happiness - A PBS Pledge Drive Show On DVD This Month

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2012

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaiam, Inc., the leading distributor of
lifestyle media, announced today the release of Intro to T'ai Chi: the 9
Beginner Flows and the DVD version of the PBS pledge show, T'ai Chi for Health
& Happiness. Led by acclaimed master instructor David-Dorian Ross, the DVDs
demonstrate the practice of T'ai Chi, a practice that was developed in China
hundreds of years ago and provides a myriad of health benefits to its millions
of practitioners. 

"T'ai Chi focuses on the connection between movements to create balance in
one's whole life – the body, mind, and spirit," says Ross. "My goal is to make
the practice as accessible as possible, so everyone can reap the physical and
mental health benefits of T'ai Chi."

T'ai Chi for Health & Happiness, which originally aired as a pledge show on
PBS, introduces the benefits of T'ai Chi with the goal of teaching viewers how
easy it is to learn and practice for lifelong benefits. This DVD guides the
user through four easy moves to create a simple flow that can be used daily to
bring balance, power, and integrity into their everyday experience.
Additionally, the DVD shares how T'ai Chi can help with three of the biggest
health concerns today: obesity, aging, and disease.

In Intro to T'ai Chi, Ross provides an easy-to-follow introduction to the
fundamentals of T'ai Chi, leading the viewer through a flow sequence that can
help balance all aspects of life. The DVD features three 20-minute practices
which include:

  oEntering The Flow (20 min) – Introduces the first two principles of T'ai
    Chi – Slow Down and Relax – along with the first two moves in the flow
  oFinding Your Still Point (20 min) – Continues with the next two principles
    – Sink Down/Stay Down and Be Neutral – and the next three moves in the
  oCreate Balance  (20 min) – Explores the final two principles – Balance
    Energy and Coordinate  – as it teaches the final four moves of the

Once completed, viewers are able to put together the nine moves in an
easy-to-follow flow sequence that can be practiced daily.

"At a time when T'ai Chi is resurging in popularity in the U.S., we are
excited to once again work with David-Dorian Ross, the authority when it comes
to T'ai Chi," says Bill Sondheim, president of Gaiam. "T'ai Chi provides an
array of incredible health benefits that include slowing down the aging
process, improving brain function, and controlling stress and anxiety. We
look forward to introducing our consumers to the practice and having them reap
the benefits."

Intro to T'ai Chi and T'ai Chi for Health & Happiness Yoga each has an
approximate runtime of 60 minutes. They are sold separately and each has a
suggested retail price of $14.98. The DVDs will be available beginning
December 4, 2012 in stores nationwide and online at

About David-Dorian Ross
David-Dorian Ross has been practicing T'ai Chi (The Art of Harmony) for 35
years. He is America's "Chi-vangelist," whose public appearances introduce
people to the benefits, accessibility, and sheer joy of learning T'ai Chi. He
recently hosted the prime-time special "T'ai Chi, Health and Happiness" for
the PBS network (airing November/December 2012). This was his second public
television program on T'ai Chi. His first show was "T'ai Chi in Paradise,"
produced with Hawaiian Public Television in Honolulu. Inside Kung-fu Magazine
called David-Dorian "the man who brought T'ai Chi mainstream." His T'ai Chi
instructional DVDs have sold more than 1 million copies world-wide, and his
program T'ai Chi Beginners' Practice is the best-selling T'ai Chi DVD of all

David-Dorian also holds the record as America's competitive T'ai Chi Champion
– winning 8 U.S. Gold Medals, a World Silver medal and 2 World Bronze medals
in T'ai Chi performance (still the highest record of any American T'ai Chi
athlete). David-Dorian is also the founder of T'ai Chi Fitness Instructor
Training (F.I.T.)™ - the first teacher training program recognized by the
fitness industry, as well as the founder of T'ai Chi Connect
( the first international social networking site for
players of T'ai Chi.

Gaiam, Inc. (Nasdaq: GAIA) is a leading producer and marketer of lifestyle
media and fitness accessories. With a wide distribution network that consists
of over 60,000 retail doors, close to 15,000 store within stores, 5,600 media
category management locations, a digital distribution platform and more than
10 million direct customers, Gaiam is dedicated to providing solutions for
healthy and eco-conscious living. The company dominates the health and
wellness category and releases non-theatrical programming focused on family
entertainment and conscious media. For more information about Gaiam, please
visit or call 1.800.869.3603.

Media Contact:
Lauren Aboulessan
Krupp Kommunications
(212) 886-6710

SOURCE Gaiam Inc.

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