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Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art, an “internal art”, that is practiced in deliberate but flowing movements as slowly as possible with deep relaxing breathing.
Tai Chi is one of many disciplines that evolved out of Qigong (also spelled as Chi Kung). Qigong, which dates back more than 4000 years, is an ancient Chinese exercise to control, increase and balance the body’s internal energy (chi or qi). Tai Chi and Qigong both use a combination of gentle movements with a focus on breathing to provide health benefits. The motion appears slow, soft and effortless it nevertheless strengthens the body. Both Tai Chi and Qigong are a series of slow movements that help align and balance the body’s internal energy paths, enabling chi or qi (internal energy) to flow freely through the body. The process relaxes and invigorates the body while clearing and focusing the mind.
Tai Chi can improve flexibility, balance and overall health while helping to combat stress.
Ten thousand flowers in spring,
the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.
If your mind is not clouded
by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.
Our classes include all skill levels. New students will join the class and follow along, learning as they go. If additional assistance is needed it is available from both the teacher and the experienced students in the class. It is a co-operative learning environment, not competitive.
A typical class usually consists of an assortment of activities. These can include: Yang style short form, Qigong, the Animal Frolics, the Eight Brocades, Shaolin Temple exercises, the Five Elements and the Four Directions, and a meditative form drawn from Falun Dafa (sometimes called Chinese Yoga).
Results include: reduced stress, better concentration, improved balance, increased range of motion, weight loss, better posture, long life with better health and general well-being.
Complete Mind, Body & Spirit TAI CHI for Health Association is an all volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization.