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What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi/ChiGong is a form of martial art evolved from China that some claim to be the oldest form of group exercise on the planet. In the early 20th century the health benefits were discovered here in the Western World and it took on a new persona as a preventive medicine or wellness exercise form. The Chinese Government has promoted Tai Chi/ChiGong to keep their citizens healthy for many years.

The movements are simple, often referred to as “complex simplicity.” The practice is also described as “meditation in motion” because it promotes non-competitive, gentle flowing physical movements.

TaiChi is recommended by the National Arthritis Foundation to increase muscle flexibility and build muscle strength gradually. Other known benefits, to mention a few: lower blood pressure, relieve stress, increase stamina, improve balance, increase flexibility & agility, increase circulation, improve muscle strength, improve breathing, improve visualization and relaxation skills, improve range of motion and balance.

What to Expect

You will be introduced to a balanced, fitness-approach to the age-old Yang 24 Short Form of Tai Chi. This is a link of unchanging Tai Chi movements, called “forms,” that have passed through centuries of tradition, without equipment. The practice is designed to increase strength and flexibility through moving, balanced, meditation. Controlled, balanced movement is the goal.

Although all exercises are done in this course while standing, everything can be adapted for the participant to do while sitting down. Anyone, regardless of age or physical ability, can practice Tai Chi/ChiGong.

You will perform a series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner. Each posture flows into the next without pause. The practice emphasizes technique over strength. You will learn how to feel more invigorated, more energized, and more balanced from this natural choreographic flow of wellness.

Your teacher is Rita Schilling.

6-week series / $60 or $55 if you bring a friend / early bird $50

Tai Chi Core 1 / 6-Week Series

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Tuesdays // January 2 -February 6 // 6 -7 p.m

Take that busy monkey-mind offline and tune into your body! This is an introductory class to Tai Chi. No experience required.

Early Bird pricing ends December 26.

Register for Tai Chi Core 1

Tai Chi Core 2 / 6-Week Series
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Tuesdays // February 13 – March 20 // 6 -7 p.m.

This class is a natural extension of Tai Chi Core 1. You will simply pick up where you left off while receiving more feedback and a greater body integration of the moves through added repetition and focus.

Early Bird pricing ends February 6.

Register for Tai Chi Core 2