Taiji Foundations and Qigong class curriculums consist of various systems of “dynamic” and “static” qigong exercises that aid students of all levels in becoming more aware of their habitual tension patterns, body structure, and breathing. Students are introduced to basic principles of Taiji and learn practical techniques to increase presence and awareness of their body/mind.
Through the use of imagery, breath work, humor, and demonstration, our supportive instructors guide students through a variety of gentle exercises designed to increase circulation and range of motion to help them relax and re-discover their structural and energetic integrity while in motion and in stillness. While maintaining an emphasis on naturalness and personal comfort, students learn to improve their body alignment and energetic integration, which naturally leads to more efficient respiration, fluidity of body mechanics and improved mental and physical stability.
Through cultivating awareness and refinement of body mechanics, students quickly begin to appreciate and develop the corresponding internal aspects of the art. One key feature of Taiji & Qigong is the important (and often overlooked) role of “mind intent” in developing various qualities of energetic cohesion, physical structure and flow. Because Taiji & Qigong are concerned with cultivating the connection, integration and harmony between the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of life, they require focus and dedication to achieve real and lasting benefits. Regular practice of Qigong exercises can produce rich, valuable, and personal experiences of improved physical health, mental well-being and emotional tranquility.
Yang and Chen style Taiji Forms are extended choreographed sequences of movements taught in a progressive format. Historically, Taiji forms where practiced as martial arts training for self-defense. However, in this modern world many students are now motivated primarily by the health benefits of the practice. The truth is that both self-defense and self-healing share much common ground and are rooted in the same central purpose of nurturing and protecting ones physical and energetic self. For some students the interest may only be in the health benefits of the internal arts. Developing self-defense skills may motivate others. In reality, it behooves all students to seek some understanding of the relationship between these two seemingly disparate aspects. Whether one’s adversary is a literal attacker or the escalating stressors of the modern world, the goal is still the same: to navigate the conflict with a clear mind and intact body, while efficiently restoring harmony to oneself and environment. Sensitivity, suppleness, yielding, neutralization and agility, along with rootedness, and precise action and intent, are all qualities of Taijiquan practice that directly contribute to one’s health and self-defense capacity.
Whatever your motivation may be, we invite you to our programs and hope to have the opportunity to share this extraordinary art with you.