T’ai Chi and Qi Gong
T’ai Chi and Qi Gong are disciplines, meditations, forms of exercise. Practiced
for hundreds of years by those who wish to improve or maintain their health, T’ai Chi and Qi Gong are systems of movements
performed in a peaceful, gently paced, specific manner. The continued and dedicated
practice of the
T’ai Chi and Qi Gong forms
benefits the body and mind by helping to
reduce stress and improve strength, flexibility, mental and physical balance, energy flow and general health.
Studies from universities and research institutions such as the Johns
Hopkins School of Medicine, Emory University, the National Institute on Aging and the Arthritis Foundation, have found that T’ai Chi
lowers blood pressure, reduces the number and severity of falls in the elderly, reduces the pain and immobility of arthritis,
benefits those with osteoporosis and increases
strength and energy for all ages and fitness levels.
Often called “moving meditation”, T’ai Chi movements require no special uniforms or equipment and
practiced almost anywhere.
T’ai Chi and Qi Gong classes are for every age and body type. The
gentle, flowing movements are taught at a pace all can follow. There is no competition. All special needs and circumstances are taken into consideration by the instructor.
This is an exercise in which
the student proceeds at his or her own pace,
one step at a time.
Detailed descriptions of T'ai Chi and Qi Gong follow, and please
see below for a hint of how T'ai Chi can make us feel...
are honored to be certified by Wudang Taoist Priest and T’ai Chi Master Yun Xiang Tseng, and pleased to pass along
his teachings. Master Tseng is a much honored and talented teacher who was one
of the youngest people ever to be named Master in China. He trained from the age of six on Wudang Mountain, and is the only Wudang Master authorized to teach in the United States. His teachings are deeply authentic and of the truest essence of t’ai chi and qi gong.
are classes in traditional qi gong and t’ai chi taught in a relaxed and casual manner.
All of the moves are taught in detail and at a pace all can follow. Classes
are kept to the enrollment that will allow comfortable space for each student as well as to allow for individual attention. Sets of moves are taught so that the student will have a series of moves to perform
at home for practice and to “keep” and use forever to improve health.
T’ai Chi classes include
warm-up moves of qi gong, and a specific set of exercises known as a “form”.
There are many different forms, and each form benefits the body by using all the major muscles groups, increasing cardio-respiratory
function, balance, strength and flexibility. As t’ai chi is a martial art,
the aspects of the martial applications are taught so that the energy paths may be demonstrated, but there is no person to
person “fighting” contact or sparring. Our classes emphasize the
benefits to health and the mind and spirit. By teaching focus, concentration
and “emptying of thoughts”, t’ai chi helps relieve stress and create and openness for your energy to flow
more easily and effectively.
forms are practiced in a meditative manner once learned, and this provides us with a “moving meditation” that
will reenergize and revitalize the body, mind and spirit. As with qi gong, all
moves can be performed high or low, and are taught at a pace all can follow.
beginning t’ai chi classes involve the Standard 24 Form, which is the national form of China,
but other short forms may also be taught, depending on the class structure.
chi is often referred to as the ultimate qi gong, the ultimate energy work. One
can study t’ai chi for months and receive a fundamental knowledge of the discipline and information that can be applied
to one’s every day life, every day. One can study t’ai chi for years,
and develop a deep understanding of the energy process, deep relaxation techniques and specific forms for specific issues. So it is ultimately the individual’s choice as to how much time to devote to
study, but each student has the opportunity to take from class a basic knowledge and a set of moves to use forever. Welcome to class!
Qi gong is energy work designed
to help us return to the essence of our qi, or essential life force. Classes
include specific sets of movements designed to gently stretch and strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, and create
an awareness of breath and a calmness of mind and spirit. All moves can be performed
at your choice of intensity, high (light), or low (heavy), so each exercise is suitable for all fitness levels. Your choice of intensity may vary from class to class, or you may want the light or heavy work every class. All choices are expected and acceptable. There
is no competition. These are moves to open the energy paths and benefit mind,
body and spirit, and are performed in a meditative manner after they are learned.
beginning level qi gong moves are performed standing or sitting, and within about a 6 foot diameter circle of space (hold
your arms straight out to your side to approximate 6 feet). Some moves involve
taking a step or two, but most are performed in one spot.
classes include a warm-up series and a specific set of exercises which are designed to improve health and longevity. Adjustments to each move can be made to accommodate any individual’s needs. Written reminders are provided, as they are with t’ai chi.
You are in T’ai Chi Class…
By Cate Morrill ©2002
A white crane spreads its wings, a snake creeps down in the grass. A golden rooster stands on one leg, a jade phoenix nods its head.
But you are not the observer, standing idly by, watching these beautiful movements
You are performing them, creating them, feeling their energy, your “inner-chi.”
You are taking in each breath with purpose, intention,
filling yourself with a lightness,
while opening your energy paths so the chi will flow freely.
You are finding relaxation in powerful movements,
and strength in yielding.
You are experiencing the invigorating balance of Yin and Yang, the fluidity of balanced
motion, the peacefulness of a still mind, and the joy of
newly discovered sensations.
You are the instrument of this choreography,
and the benefactor as well.
You are also often laughing, shaking like a snake and
mimicking a monkey.
You are connected to the universe with the
Golden Thread .
You are in T’ai Chi class.
For all ages and body types...
For all conditions or special circumstances...
T'ai Chi or Qi Gong will serve you well...
We are happy to discuss your particular desires...