About

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an internal art that gives proven health benefits to those who practice. Such benefits include better balance, increased flexibility, stronger bones, improved circulation, toned muscles and a calm the mind. These low impact exercises are all done from a standing position and because the principal of Tai Chi is to keep the body relaxed, the movements taught in class give health benefit to each persons individual needs.

The style of Tai Chi taught is Chen style and is the original form of Tai Chi that most others came from.The movements are performed to incorporate the whole body.  Chen style Tai Chi is unique in that single movements are first performed in a repeated pattern so to build up the “muscle memory” and move in a more Tai Chi way.  The benefit of this style of training is that new participants can quickly learn and perform meaningful exercises  right from the start. This brings a more meaningful physical dynamic to the training in a shorter space of time.  Another benefit to this type of training is that the exercise can be performed in a limited space, so making it more conducive to practice at home.

I am privileged to have trained and been taught with Masters whose skills have been passed down in an unbroken lineage from the founder of Tai Chi.  My classes focus on the authentic training methods still practiced by the top practitioners in the world today.

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Qigong

Qigong(Chinese Yoga) has been practiced and refined over thousands of years. These ancient exercises stretch and strengthen the physical body while repairing blockages in the energy body, stimulating acupuncture points and massaging the internal organs.

I practice in accordance with the Five Elements (Wu Xing), which relate to the seasons, internal organs, emotions and integrated function of the individual within the greater cosmos.  The forms I use are the “Five Animal Movements”(circa 120-225 CE), “Taiji Stick health Preservation Exercises”  and “Healing Sounds” (circa 3500 BCE).  They can be practiced and refined over a lifetime to give holistic balance and health.

These simple effective movements, performed from a standing position are suitable for all ages and abilities.

(The History of qigong, the Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and martial arts training, extends back more than 5,000 years. Contemporary qigong is a complex accretion of the ancient Chinese meditative practice xing qi (行氣) or “circulating qi” and the gymnastic breathing exercise tao yin (導引) or “guiding and pulling”, with roots in the I Ching and occult arts; philosophical traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, with Yoga influences; traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts; along with influences of contemporary concepts of health, science, meditation, and exercise.)

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