Jan 15, 2012

Posted in Activities, Featured

Tai Chi Class, 5:40pm Thursdays

 

Tai chi is often called “moving meditation,” but those who practice it consistently often refer to it as “moving medication.” Tai chi is a great mindful exercise.

Tai chi is a traditional Chinese martial art that has been practiced over centuries for self-development. This practice connects the mind, the sprit and your body.

Tai chi is comprised of a sequence of slow movements that gracefully flow from one to another. These movements are low impact on your body, but continued practicing tones the muscles and helps improve your balance. Likewise, slow movements increase consciousness of your own breathing and of your body movements which leads to relaxation of the mind and relief of stress. Tai chi practice leads to other great benefits; such as, gaining flexibility, improving posture, circulation, sleep quality, digestive system, hormonal balance and your blood pressure (Click for a deeper discussion of Tai chi’s benefits).

Our instructor, Maki Fujisaki Guelcher, has trained in multiple Asian martial arts for many years. She has devoted herself to practicing both Tai chi and Qigong (harnessing of the “energy that fills the universe”). She marries both arts together to help her students develop themselves and improve their well-being.

Daily Tai chi practice leads to the practitioner being centered physically and mentally. Our class begins with Qigong warm-up and stretch, and then moves to the 16-movements of Tai chi, which has been developed with beginners specifically in mind. For more information, please contact Maki at mazen.taichi@gmail.com.