Tai Chi is medicine
It has been proven to reduce stress, reduce arthritic pain and improve joint movement. Its emphasis on balance is a vital tool for those looking for falls prevention therapy. Its meditative aspect calms your mind.
Beginners Tai Chi Chuan Class
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Intermediate Tai Chi Chuan
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
$80 for the month or $12 per class
Saturday morning workout
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
All levels welcome
Private classes available
2333 SE 40th Ave & Caruthers.
The first thing I teach and most important principle in my mind is
that Tai Chi Chuan is all about understanding how to “relax”.
Anything thing we do, we do it better when we are relaxed.
We use the Tai Chi movements, which are very difficult to perfect
as a framework that we are trying to relax around. This can be a metaphor for those moments in life
when we are are put in difficult or stressful positions.
Those are the moments that having
the abilities to relax, breath deeply and focus are priceless.
Both the founder of the style of Tai Chi I teach and my teacher were Doctors of Chinese Medicine. This greatly influenced their interpretation of the form. Each posture, when done correctly, should be like an acupuncture treatment, opening the meridians and allowing energy to flow through the body. There is a strong focus on breathing into the abdomen because this stimulates the internal organs. 70% of American health issues have been traced to people only breathing into the chest area. Tai Chi’s strong emphasis on balance makes it a wonderful practice for falls prevention. Tai Chi has been proven to reduce arthritic pain and improve joint movement
In class, I explain the health benefits of the movements as well as the history and the philosophy of the movements.
I have an aversion to “just waving your hands in the air” so I explain what the application of each movement is, not that I expect that any one will have to use it but I think it helps the learning process when you know why your arm is in that weird angle.
My classes are a workout and no one is asked to go beyond where they are comfortable.
Here is a article by my teacher Dr. Martin Inn that might interest you:
Seeking the Upright Posture: The Tai Chi Classics states,”The upright body must be stable and comfortable to be able to support (force from the eight directions”. In the “Lun”, the Classics further state,”Don’t lean in any direction”. Many practitioners have no idea of what the Upright Posture means and so their practice becomes a futile attempt to become internal. There are three things to pay attention to when seeking the upright posture.
1) “Sink the chest”. This means the the chest ought to be relaxed down but not caved inwardly. When this occurs, the diaphragm relaxes and in turn allows the “Qi” to sink. As the chest relaxes downward, then you can do abdominal breathing.
2)”Sink the Qi to Tan Tien”. This means that the abdomen is so relaxed the that the energy sinks below the navel with the dropping of the center of gravity. This gives you greater stability and root.
3) “In moving, the Qi sticks to the back and permeates the spine”. This is one of the most difficult aspects to practice since it depends on the two previous conditions. When the Qi sticks to the back, the lower back becomes straight and relaxed with no sway in it at all. In other words the Qi fills up the lower back. What happens is that the abdominal breathing begins to appear in the sides and lower back just below the kidneys. Instead of the inhalation and exhalation movements occurring in the lower abdomen, it appears to the side and lower back. The Qi circulates to the back via the Dai Mai meridian, which is the only meridian in the body that runs horizontally and not vertically. With the Qi running to the lower back, it stimulates the kidneys which holds the immune system of the body as well as ones longevity. When the back is straight, the sacrum and coccyx will naturally drop under the torso. It would be grave mistake to tense up the abdomen in order to achieve this. Practitioners sway their back for one reason, their legs are too weak to support the body and by swaying the back it takes the pressure of the thighs. In the long run this will cause damage to the knees.
When all three conditions are fulfilled, the body is put into a position which will promote it to be in a parasympathetic mode. This is the healing aspect of Tai Chi. Each of these three steps will take time to develop and can not be achieved in a couple of years.