T'ai Chi

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Living Well with T’ai Chi - (Bill)

Learning and practicing T’ai Chi absolutely changed my life! It was my first significant step on the path to living the life I love. Not only was T’ai Chi a source of healing movement, it became a way for me to walk and be in the world. It was a total Body, Emotions, Mind & Spirit transformation!

I have been practicing T’ai Chi for over 24 years. I have had the honor of being taught by Master Ru Yu Wen (former Secretary General of the Schezuan T’ai Chi Association in China) since 1996. Master Ru lived with me for a year. I had the good fortune of receiving private (and group) training in T’ai Chi, QiGong & Taoist Meditation.

Benefits of T’ai Chi:

  • Reduces Stress
  • Improves Balance
  • Increases Energy & Vitality
  • Heightens Focus & Alertness
  • Lowers High Blood Pressure
  • Improves Circulation
  • Tones & Strengthens Muscles
  • Mobilizes Joints
  • It's Fun!

Begin to slow down the busy world around you with this ancient, slow-moving Chinese martial art. The full term T’ai Chi Chuan translates to "Grand Ultimate Fist". Today, T’ai Chi is primarily used for health & well being. It has been suggested to now translate as the "Grand Ultimate Experience!" T’ai Chi originate from Taoism, an ancient Chinese philosophy that promotes living in balance & harmony with Nature. The Yin Yang symbol is represents T’ai Chi.

T’ai Chi looks like a slow choreographed dance of various martial art movements. T’ai Chi is a wonderful way to reduce your stress, improve the longevity and quality of your life. It can simply be used as a form of exercise and relaxation or you can make it a lifetime of philosophy and practice of living in harmony with Nature-Body, Emotions, Mind & Spirit. T’ai Chi is all good no matter what you do with it!

Types of T’ai Chi classes:

  • Beginner's 24 Movement Yang Style Simplified Form
  • 108 Movement Yang Style Long Form
  • Golden T'ai Chi For Seniors
  • T’ai Chi At Work
  • T’ai Chi For Bodyworkers
  • Basic Push Hands
  • Taoist Meditation

T’ai Chi Class Descriptions

24 Movement Yang Style Simplified Form

This is a Beginners form of Tai Chi that was developed in China to promote T’ai Chi to the masses. It is a condensed version of the 108 Movement Yang Style Long Form. The Simplified Form takes about 6 minutes to complete whereas the Long form takes about 25 minutes. This an excellent introduction to T’ai Chi and a great lead-in to the 108 Movement Long Form You will also learn the martial applications of each movement, basic QiGong warm up/warm down exercises, Taoist meditation and self-Massage. Loose, comfortable clothing is worn and flat shoes are recommended. 75 Minutes.

108 Movement Yang Style Long Form

This is the most common form of T’ai Chi in the West. Due to the length of the form (25 minutes) the class is broken down into 3 sections (3 separate class series). You must complete each section before moving on to the next (unless you have prior approval from Bill). Once you have completed all 3 sections you may join an on-going advanced class. You will also learn the martial applications of each movement, basic QiGong warm up/warm down exercises,taoist meditation and self-massage. Loose, comfortable clothing is worn and flat shoes are recommended. 75 Minutes.

Golden T’ai Chi For Seniors

This is a very basic form of Tai Chi that is designed especially for Senior Citizens. There are 5 warm up exercises called The Five Gold Coins and 10 Basic T’ai Chi movements. The biggest difference between Golden Tai Chi for Seniors and regular T’ai Chi is that the movements in Golden T’ai Chi are done individually rather than connected like a choreographed dance. Often Seniors get overwhelmed beginning a regular T’ai Chi class and will drop out. Golden T’ai Chi is an excellent way to gently introduce Seniors to the basic fundamentals of T’ai Chi. Loose, comfortable clothing is worn and flat shoes are recommended. 30 Minutes. Advanced classes 45 Minutes.

T’ai Chi For Bodyworkers

This is a workshop for Massage Therapists and other Bodyworkers to learn basic body mechanics based on T’ai Chi movements and principles. Learn how to optimize your flow of Chi (vital energy) and feel energized! You will also learn Self-Care Techniques including Breathing, Self-Massage (Do In), Energetic Protection and Meditation. Loose, comfortable clothing is worn and flat shoes are recommended. 4 Hour Workshop.

Basic Push Hands T’ai Chi

This is the two-person form of T’ai Chi. Push Hands takes your T’ai Chi practice to the next level. You get to apply the solo movements and principles of Tai Chi with another person. It is an excellent way to cultivate your energy. It is also a great metaphor for relationship with others. Learning to listen-to and yield-to others. I highly recommend Push Hands for couples. You will also learn basic QiGong warm up/warm down exercises, Taoist meditation and self-massage. Loose, comfortable clothing is worn and flat shoes are recommended. 60 Minutes.

Taoist Meditation

As with T’ai Chi & QiGong this meditation technique is based in Taoism, the ancient Chinese philosophy which is basically living in harmony & balance with Nature, a way of life that the Chinese developed thousands of years ago. The class is part guided meditation and part quiet meditation. The focus is on grounding your body, breathing techniques and quieting your mind. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended. Feel free to bring your own mat or cushion. 30 or 60 Minutes.

                                                         

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