HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2015 brings a new phase to Breath and Balance Tai Chi. In September 2014, I returned part time to physical therapy practice at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City. In my position I provide physical therapy to veterans in MOVE- the VA’s national weight management program. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to offer Tai Chi to our Veterans in my new position.
Due to this new position, I am adjusting my Tai Chi teaching schedule. This winter I am offering an Introductory class through at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City. I also continue to teach to Oaknoll residents.
You may register for the class through the link below. Online registration is available.
Dates: Feb 4- Mar 11, 2015
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Location: 10 S Gilbert St
Tai Chi or Taiji is often described as “meditation in motion,” but according to Harvard Medical School it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating and preventing many health problems.” Be still as a mountain. Move like a great river. Seek stillness, move with the flow. The bones and joints are connected like a string of pearls: light, nimble and loosely strung together. These are images that come to mind as we begin our journey with Taiji.
The traditional system of Taijiquan (or Tai Chi Ch’uan) involves qigong (energy cultivation), a taiji form, and sensing hands. Sitting and standing meditation (wuji) are the starting point for efficient taiji practice. It is important to learn how to relax your mind and body in stillness before you can relax in form movement. Learning how to relax in form movement is important before you can relax while perturbed during sensing hands.
Through training in relaxation, breathing, posture and slow integrated movement, taiji provides us an opportunity to be centered, move efficiently, and grounded in the “busy-ness” of our lives. We will play with qigong, taiji and sensing hands as we learn the functional movements and mind-body principles of Tai Chi. Please wear flat soled shoes, and avoid colognes/strong scents, to support a tranquil and healing space.” Please commit to attending most or all classes as they are sequential in nature.