Tai Chi Classes

what is tai chi?

Tai ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan)  is a gentle form of energy medicine that originated in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is closely related to Qigong and based upon Qigong and Taoist principles. Tai Chi is particularly effective for health and healing, strength, power and disease prevention. Training is presented on several different levels, emphasizing structural integration as a foundation for energetic development and martial applications. Our Tai Chi classes include movements that stretch and tone the body through internal training.

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Specialty Classes

These classes are usually presented as half-day, full-day, or any short series and are specifically focused on certain Tai Chi applications. They are offered on a regular basis, so check back later for registration information.

Introductory Tai Chi
Beginner

Introductory Tai Chi

Introductory Tai Chi is designed to present Tai Chi through the slow, gentle and healing movements of 8 select traditional postures.

Tai Chi 8-Posture Yang Style
Beginner

Tai Chi 8-Posture Yang Style

In this introductory class, the student will be learning the 8-posture Yang style Tai Chi form. This is the first set that is typically presented to beginning students that is the easiest to learn, as opposed to learning the traditional sets where a person is actually memorizing a particular sequence. The postures, instead, are taught with the idea of practicing 8 postures in a repetitive way and repeating them on left and right sides

Tai Chi Forms Classes

These classes are designed to teach the form sequences of Yang style Tai Chi. This style is the most popular style practiced world-wide today.

The Tai Chi forms classes include exercises that stretch and tone the body through internal training. These classes are specifically designed to teach the movements, the choreography, of various sets.

Originally the long form, 108/88, was the only form that existed. It is usually practiced for 15 – 25 minutes.

The 24- and 36-posture forms are usually practiced for 5 – 7 minutes. The 8-posture form is usually practiced for 2 -3 minutes.

Tai Chi 36-Posture Yang Style
Beginner

Tai Chi 36-Posture Yang Style

The 36-Yang style posture is a very popular form. This form contains the same characteristics as the 24-Yang form but is slightly longer in length and offers some variations. Relative to other styles, 36 Yang is easier to learn. Its soft, slow, circular healing movements make it ideal for energetic cultivation for health and spirituality. For the martial artist, this form can serve to balance out “harder” movements, thus developing a higher level of awareness.

Beginner

Tai Chi 24-Posture Yang Style

Tai Chi 24-Posture Yang Style is the most popularly practiced in the world. Relative to other styles, 24 Yang is easier to learn. Its soft, slow, circular healing movements make it ideal for energetic cultivation for health and spirituality. For the martial artist, this form can serve to balance out “harder” movements, thus developing a higher level of awareness.

Tai Chi 108/88-Posture Yang Style
Beginner

Tai Chi 108/88-Posture Yang Style

Tai Chi 108/88 Yang Style is the most popular practiced long form in the world. The characteristics of this form are the same as Tai Chi Yang style 24 and as the Tai Chi Yang style 36 posture forms; however, it is much longer than the 24 and the 36.

How Tai Chi and Qigong Benefit Your Health

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United States National Institutes of Health

National Institutes of Health

“Practicing Tai Chi may help to improve balance and stability in older people and in those with Parkinson’s disease, reduce back pain and pain from knee osteoarthritis, and improve quality of life in people with heart disease, cancer, and other chronic illnesses. Tai Chi and Qi gong may ease fibromyalgia pain and promote general quality of life. Qi gong may reduce chronic neck pain, but study results are mixed. Tai Chi also may improve reasoning ability in older people.”

The Nethersole
School of Nursing
The Chinese University of
Hong Kong
&
College of Nursing
University of Arizona

A randomized controlled trial

“Tai Chi is better than brisk walking in reducing several cardiovascular disease risk factors and improving psychosocial well-being, and can be recommended as a viable exercise for building a healthy life free of cardiovascular disease.”

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