Lessons by Design
I am often asked if I have ongoing scheduled classes that someone may "drop-in" to as a way of "checking out" t'ai chi. The short answer is "no", but this should not put anyone off discovering if t'ai chi and qigong is right for them. I have chosen to teach individually or in small intimate groups (couples, families, friends, etc.) because of the tremendous benefits of individualized instruction. There are many books and videos available purporting to teach t'ai chi - a few are even pretty good! But they all, even the best of them, lack one essential attribute - feedback. You can't ask a book or video to clarify an important point. Nor can they assess if you really "get it". They cannot correct poor form that, at it's worst can actually be damaging. I pay a great deal of attention to how each student moves, what their individual strengths or limitations may be, and what adjustments might be needed to accommodate their current condition.
Group lessons, as typically offered in martial arts schools, adult education or other introductory courses, are often unable to adjust lesson pace, content or focus due to the "common good" nature of the group. Teacher/Student ratio may also factor in reducing attention and, again worst case, increasing risk of injury.
At Tranquil T'ai Chi, each and every lesson is tailored to the student's abilities, interests and progress. This 100% individualized approach sets Tranquil T'ai Chi apart from the typical "store-front" studio or large group program. Students are encouraged to progress at their own comfortable rate.
So instead of dropping in on a class you may not understand or be able to follow, schedule a no-cost, no-obligation visit to my studio where you can participate (or not), ask questions, and get the information you need to make an informed decision.
Doctors and Therapists are increasingly recommending T'ai Chi to their patients as part of a comprehensive wellness program. Our programs and lessons emphasize nurturing and may complement students' needs for alternative therapies.
Recent studies point to the positive effects of T'ai Chi for persons with Parkinson's Disease or Parkinsonism, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension and other conditions. Students with special needs are welcome at Tranquil T'ai Chi, and lessons may be customized to accommodate caregivers needs as well.
Lessons may include:
- Static and Dynamic Qigong Sets
- Modern Simplified (Yang) style 24 Step Form
Also 8 and 16 Step Introductions
- Modern combined International Competition Forms (32, 42 Empty Hand Forms)
- Weapons Forms - for advanced players - straight sword, broad sword, fan
- Introductory Chen Form & Silk Reeling
- Evidence-Based Taiji (EBT) & Qigong Program*