Find Balance and Stability
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of exercise/meditation/martial art. Tai Chi movements are performed slowly, softly and gracefully with smooth and even transitions.
Tai Chi Styles:
- Yang Style: 24 Simplified form and long form
- Chen Style: 48 Essential form
- Wu/Hao Style: long form
- Tai Chi for Arthritis
- Sword: Yang and Chen styles, double sword, two person sword
- Fan: Flying Rainbow Fan, two person fan
- Introduction to Sun Style
- Modified Sun Style 73
Tai Chi classes taught through Peterson Holistic Services are conducted only by trained Tai Chi Instructors and are open to any suitable person provided they are medically fit, are independently mobile and can participate without assistance in the class.
Any participant who has any doubt whether they are medically fit to attend the class should contact their health care provider prior to enrolling. Classes usually last for one hour. Participants are always encouraged to work within their own comfort zone.
Classes taught by Janet Shoeman and Merry Amann
This is an enrollment for a package of 6 classes held once a week. Payment is due prior to the beginning of the first class session. Online payments are preferred. Other arrangements can be made if needed.
Beginning 6 week class $60
Health Benefits of Tai Chi
Tai Chi has many distinct advantages over other types of exercise. The biggest shortcoming of most systems of physical fitness is that they service only part of the body. They concentrate on certain muscles or muscle groups, while neglecting others. Tai Chi is considered a full body exercise.
Another advantage is its gentleness. High impact exercises can produce health benefits over the sort-term, but the long-term implications of such exercise may be damage to the joints and internal organs.
Studies have shown that practicing Tai Chi:
- Improves flexibility, stamina and strength
- Lowers blood pressure
- Relieves stress
- Gently tones muscles without strain
- Enhances digestion, elimination of wastes and circulation of blood
- Massages the internal organs and improves their functionality
- Enhances balance and body awareness – can significantly reduce falls
- When the movements are performed quickly or in a lower stance they can have the same beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system as jogging or high-impact aerobics, but without the stress or strain
- Tai Chi has been used successfully to ease symptoms in people with arthritis, Parkinson’s, fibro myalgia and other long-term health problems. The forms can be modified to be done seated in a chair if needed. Tai Chi can and should be adapted to the strengths and needs of each individual player.
Learning to do the forms correctly provides a practical avenue for learning about balance, alignment, motor and muscle control, rhythm of movement, and the genesis of movement from the body’s vital center. Furthermore, the meditative nature of the exercise is calming and relaxing in and of itself.
Tai Chi History
Tai Chi is a Chinese form of exercise/meditation/martial art. The practice is based on movements that can be traced to over 2,000 years ago. The Chinese characters for Tai Chi Chuan can be translated as “Supreme Ultimate Fist.” Though most people practice Tai Chi for health, the movements are derived from the martial arts; from what we in the west refer to as Kung Fu. Ancestrally, the movements are said to arise from observing and copying the movements of animals, birds and other natural phenomena.
The emphasis in Tai Chi is on channeling potentially destructive energy away from oneself in a manner that will dissipate the energy or send it in a direction where it is no longer a danger. Tai Chi movements are performed slowly, softly and gracefully with smooth and even transitions.
Tai Chi is associated with the Daoist concepts of yin and yang, the notion that there is a dynamic duality in all things. Examples are: male/female, dark/light, active/passive, forceful/yielding. The Tai Chi forms are designed to move from yin to yang and back again, gathering and moving energy around the body. The following symbol is used to represent this duality of movement.
In Eastern philosophy and medicine there exists the concept of ‘chi’, a vital force that animates the body. One of the aims of Tai Chi is to foster the circulation of chi throughout the body, the belief being that by doing so the health and vitality of the person are enhanced. Another aim of Tai Chi is to foster a calm and tranquil mind. The mind concentrates on the precise execution of a sequence of movements, thus dropping attention from the concerns of everyday life. Tai Chi has been referred to as a meditation in motion.