Tai Chi &
The Benefits for you
Tai Chi and Qigong are ancient Chinese practices designed to enhance health and vitality. They engage the body, mind and spirit through gentle, flowing movement and active stillness to release tension and restore energy. Classes address breathing, core support, body alignment and awareness. Often described as “meditation in motion” the soothing rhythms foster relaxation, inner strength and peace of mind. Tai Chi and Qigong are known to enhance balance, agility, focus and quality of life. Medical studies show that regular practice can help manage chronic illness, elevate mood, improve sleep, boost immunity and reduce pain.
Tai chi is rooted in martial arts, meditation and traditional Chinese medicine. As a martial art, tai chi is called “soft” or “internal” because it emphasizes finely tuned sensory awareness, balance, agility, and embodying the principle of softness overcoming resistance. Today, tai chi is most commonly practiced as a Qigong (Chi Kung) for its health benefits, which is the focus of all Tai Chi for Health classes.
Qigong has been practiced in China for thousands of years to promote health and longevity. Qigong is translated as energy cultivation or breath work. These exercises include gentle repetitive movements and walking patterns, as well as still meditations done standing and sitting. The focus is to enhance body awareness, balance, flow and tranquility. Tai chi is often called a moving Qigong because of the constant changes of shape and direction.
For people with no experience doing tai chi, the Tai Chi for Health – Level I/ Qigong class is the best way to begin. The repetitive movements and step-by step instruction provide ample time to become comfortable with the forms and to follow with ease. Qigong warm-ups introduce fundamental exercises to cultivate relaxation, flow, and awareness of alignment and breath.
If you have never done tai chi but have a strong background in martial arts or dance, you might consider beginning with the Traditional Tai Chi classes. These classes explore longer and more complex sequences when compared with the shorter and more gently paced Tai Chi for Health program.
Tai Chi and Qigong Sign-up Form
Tai Chi and Qigong classes are postponed until further notice.
Our goal is to make your experience the absolute best possible. In order for us to do that we have set up some guidelines for all Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga classes.
Classes are by appointment, please register (here) so that we know to expect you. We reserve the right to cancel any classes that do not meet the minimum class size requirement.
If for some reason you need to cancel, please contact us at least two days before the class starts so we can reach out to others who may be interested in taking your spot. We greatly appreciate your help in keeping the class sizes and transitions as comfortable as possible.
Gentle Flow Yoga is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00. Tai Chi and Qigong are offered in 6-week blocks on Mondays. Advanced Tai Chi Mondays at 11:15. Qigong, Mondays at 12:30.