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Tai Chi

Tai Chi – Qigong for Life

A program for wellness, strength, flexibility and balance of body, mind and spirit.

Instructor: Sharon Triplett

Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. The term taiji refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves.

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Class Description
The program includes a warm up set, Qigong (standing meditation) set, and Yang style short form 24. In addition, The Eight Pieces of Brocade, Da Mo’s fist-set, Tai Chi ball and push hands will be included throughout the program, focusing on both internal and external principles.

LIVE a healthier and happier life IMPROVE strength, stamina, mobility FIND balance in body, mind and spirit EXPIERIENCE life calmly with clear intention. Living a healthier, happier life is something we all want. The practice of Tai Chi is a safe, effective way to slowly build up the body without injury, clearing and calming the mind for a natural way to
improve one’s life.

Improving strength, stamina and mobility as we age is critical. The movement and flow of the Tai Chi postures increases leg strength, mobility and builds stamina over time. Finding our balance is difficult living in our fast paced society. The practice of Tai Chi not only builds balance of your physical body, it brings balance to your mind and life in many other ways. Experiencing life in a calm manner brings great health benefits and increases awareness for intentional living.

  • Some of the many benefits include:
  • Reduce stress – anxiety
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Strengthen leg and back muscles – reducing risk of falls
  • Improve cardiovascular system
  • Reduce pain of arthritis
  • Improve focus, concentration and alertness

Brief History of (Taijiquan or Tai Chi Chuan) Tai Chi
The essence or historical root of Tai Chi, yin and yang was first detailed in the Book of Changes (Yi Jing) around 1122 B.C. Some say it was created in Wudang Mountain, Hubei province of China during the Song dynasty (960 A.D.) as an internal or “soft” martial art. Original motivation was self-defense and personal spiritual cultivation. It was brought from China to the West in the 1940’s by Choy Hok Pang and spread in the 60’s by Cheng ManChing.

Styles vary and are many. Yang style is one of the most popular and is practiced world-wide. Yang style grew off of the old Chen style leading back many generations. Qigong narrowly defined is the study of the qi circulating in the human body. Qi narrowly defined is the energy circulating in the human body or the bioelectric circulation in the human body.