Taiji & Qigong Schedule
Tàijí quán 太極拳 (tai chi chuan), is an internal Chinese martial art that is practiced worldwide by people of all ages. Tàijí embodies many concepts of Chinese philosophy including yin and yang, the Yi Jing, bagua, and the five elements as well as concepts from Chinese medicine, Buddhism, and Daoism.
Through mental focus, soft breathing, and relaxed movements one may achieve what Daoists term “glowing health”. Numerous studies have been published on the health effects of Tàijí, and the benefits cited by the Mayo Clinic and National Institute for Health include:
• Reduced stress and anxiety
• Improved sleep quality
• Increased flexibility and balance
• Reduced symptoms related to fibromyalgia
• Reduction in pain due to knee osteoarthritis
We practice forms from both the Chen, and Yang families. Our current curriculum includes:
• Chen 18
• Yang 24
• Yang Long Form
• Yang 16 Sword Form
• 42 Combined Empty Hand Form
• 42 Combined Sword Form
Classes meet twice per week for 1.5 hours. Each class starts with a warm up, which includes qigong movements. We then work on new material and review older forms. Discussions during class involve the relationship of the movement to the Chinese concepts outlined above. During the week there is additional information provided by way of email and sometimes video.