Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that incorporates body, mind and spirit. The controlled, continuous movements are designed to impart powerful physical skills and to improve the flow of energy, or chi, throughout the body. Despite the power behind the movements, students learn the importance of maintaining a calm mind, a relaxed upper body, and a firm but fluid core. Learn history >
All students begin with either Chen short form or Yang short form. We encourage you to drop by and watch to decide which style appeals to you the most. At the closing of a class, you will feel like you’ve had a workout, but will feel invigorated, not exhausted.
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We do not offer children’s classes at this time. Although some children enjoy Tai Chi, we recommend that our students be in their teens or older. Children may find that the movements are too slow and repetitive, and most children lack the necessary mental focus to properly perform the postures.
When first learning a Tai Chi form you will spend many weeks simply focusing on the external movements. At some point, once you have learned the movements so that you don't have to 'think' about doing them, you can then start to focus more on sensing the flow of your chi (life energy). Strong chi makes us feel totally alive, alert and present, while weak chi results in sluggishness, fatigue and distress.
Feeling and improving the flow of your chi opens up the internal, meditative elements of Tai Chi, which in turn can lead you to achieving a life of harmony, balance and enlightenment. Spiritual enlightenment transcends religion and thought. It transcends your mind and senses. It conveys a level of wisdom and knowledge about life and the universe that is unparalleled. Through continued practice of Tai Chi, you can achieve the stillness of mind necessary to find a greater sense of inner peace and to become aware of higher levels of being. If this is your wish, it is our hope that our Tai Chi teachings will help to guide you along your path.
In our classes, we have instructed athletes of all types. The ultimate goal of Tai Chi is to cultivate balance, calm focus, looseness and power, which is beneficial to all forms of physical activity. Tai Chi also promotes increased reaction speed, because it provides therapy for not only the muscles, but for the mental and neural processes as well. Advanced forms provide even younger students with quite a workout, and test the limits of their stamina, strength and flexibility. There is enough variety to challenge people of all ages, and all levels of fitness.
Tai Chi is a very healthy practice for practically everyone. If you have reasonable mobility, and can remain on your feet for at least one hour, then Tai Chi is for you. Our studio is respectful, focused and welcoming to all. If you have a significant health issue, we suggest that you ask a medical professional before signing up. Which style should I try? >
You are free to do so, but we do not have a drop-in rate. Because Tai Chi forms follow a specific sequence, we teach them in blocks of 12 weeks, beginning in January, April and September. See pricing >
Tai Chi is a mental exercise, too! If you are still learning the sequences, just dropping in occasionally will most likely be disorienting for you. Therefore, we encourage students to attend as many weekly classes as possible during their 12-week session. If you miss classes, however, our supportive instructors will assist you in catching up.