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Valley Spirit Arts specializes in books and DVDs on Taoist philosophy, martial art, and Chinese health-related subjects. Featuring the works of author, translator, and teacher Stuart Alve Olson, longtime student of Master T.T. Liang. Contact us about volume discounts for teachers, bookstores, and organizations. Join our joint Newsletter with the Sanctuary of Tao.


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Tai Ji Quan: 105-Posture Yang Style Solo Form Instructions and Applications

The long-awaited third volume in the Chen Kung Series presents the detailed instructions on the original Yang Style 105-Posture Taijiquan form, along with explanations of the practical self-defense applications, commentaries by Chen Kung, translations of the illustrations in the text, and notes by Stuart Alve Olson. A truly remarkable, insightful work that complements anyone’s library on the art of Taijiquan.

Chen Kung Series Update

Only two books left to complete the series. Please help us raise $1800 to finish the next volume: Tai Ji San Shou & Da Lu: Mastering the Two-Person Application Skills, vol. 5.

Other books and DVDs in the Chen Kung Series

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Online Master’s Program on the Art of Taijiquan

Each lesson in this program will be taught in detail by Stuart Alve Olson, along with explanations on various self-defense techniques, intrinsic energies, principles, and theories. These lessons go beyond just demonstrations and instructions, delving deeply into the aspects for mastering Taijiquan practice. Sixty+ lessons will eventually be made available. Study them one-by-one at your own pace. Check back for updates as they become available and join our mailing list.

 

 

 


Yellow Court: The Exalted One’s Yellow Court External Illumination Scripture (Volume One)

Volume One in the Yellow Court Series features Stuart Alve Olson’s translations of the External Illumination text and the commentary of Wu Chengzi (a Tang dynasty Taoist scholar and adept), along with his translator’s notes and explanations of the many cryptic Taoist terms used within the original texts.

The Yellow Court teachings were the first Taoist texts to describe the methods of Internal Alchemy through meditation and Qigong methods, as opposed to the earlier metallurgical processes of External Alchemy. The Yellow Court texts approach the idea of gaining health, longevity, and immortality through the imagery of interior spirits, which can be perceived in terms of consciousnesses or physiological energies of the body.

The External Illumination is an incredible source guide for anyone interested in Taoist meditation, Qigong, and philosophy. It forms the structure from which Madame Wei Huacun expanded the teachings and practices in her Internal Illumination work (featured in Volume Two of the Yellow Court Series)More …

Also see the Yellow Court Lecture Series Recordings

Yellow Court DVD Series – First Seminar (4-DVD Set)
The Original Teachings of Internal Alchemy and Qiqong

Filmed over the weekend of January 28 & 29, 2017, during the first Yellow Court Seminar taught by Stuart Alve Olson, this 4-DVD set contains the instructions for the initial practices of the Yellow Court External Illumination as described in volume 1 of the Yellow Court Series by Stuart Alve Olson and Valley Spirit Arts. More