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What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi/ChiGong Tai Chi and ChiGong, a martial art, evolved from China. Some claim ChiGong and Tai Chi are the oldest group exercise forms on the planet. The movements are simple, often referred to as “complex simplicity.” Anyone, regardless of age or physical ability, can practice Tai Chi/ChiGong. 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. TaiChi/ChiGong is often described as “meditation in motion” because it promotes non-competitive, gentle flowing physical movements.

You will be introduced to 12 QiGong random exercises that can be done in any order, at any time of day, without equipment. You will also 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.

You will learn how to feel more invigorated, more energized, and more balanced from this natural choreographic flow of wellness. Although all exercises are done in this course while standing, everything can be adapted for the participant to do while sitting down. These exercises will address both stability (your strength) and your mobility (your flexibility) through moving, balanced, meditation. Controlled, balanced movement is the goal.

You will perform a series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner. Each posture flows into the next without pause. Ta’i Chi/ChiGong emphasizes technique over strength. 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.

Your teacher is Rita Schilling.

6-Week Series / $60 or $55 if you bring a friend / early bird $50

Tai Chi for Beginners

Tuesdays // 6 – 7 p.m.

Available Series Dates:
October 17 – November 21 / Early Bird Ends October 10
December 19 – January 23 / Early Bird Ends December 12

You can feel a difference after just one class! Get your Zen on and join us for this wonderful opportunity to take that busy monkey-mind off-line and tune into your body! You’ll breathe easier, and concentrating and focusing will become easier in your everyday life.

You will be introduced to a balanced, fitness-approach to the age-old Yang 24 Short Form of T’ai Chi. This is a link of unchanging T’ai Chi movements, called “forms,” that have passed through centuries of tradition, without equipment.

You will learn how to feel more invigorated, more energized, and more balanced from this natural choreographic flow of wellness.

These exercises will address both stability (your strength) and your mobility (your flexibility) through moving, balanced, meditation. Controlled, balanced movement is the goal.

Intermediate Tai Chi

Wednesdays // 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Available Series Dates:
October 18 – November 22 // Early Bird Ends October 11

In this class, Rita will get you to the next level by offering additional group and individual cueing needed to advance and deepen your skills.

You will practice the age-old Yang 24 Short Form of T’ai Chi repeatedly and with greater focus, concentration and mindfulness.

You will leave feeling more connected, invigorated and balanced from this natural choreographic flow of wellness.

This is an intermediate class. You must have prior Tai Chi experience to take this class.

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