5/14/2021 COVID-19 Update

We are currently offering both online and live/in-person classes for Yoga, Meditation, and Thai Chi. Please contact us for status of other classes/events.

Live/In-Person Classes: If you are interested in attending live classes, please fill out our Registration Form. Please note: Attendance is currently limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Online/Zoom Classes: Some classes are available online using Zoom. If you are interested in attending classes online, please email us at info@venturabuddhistcenter.org at least 3 days before the class starts so that we can send you the Zoom meeting link and password.

Jan 15, 2012

Posted in Activities, Featured

Tai Chi, Tues/Thurs

Tai Chi Classes

Tuesdays 5:45pm-6:45pm – Tai Chi Beginners
Thursdays 5:45pm-6:45pm – Tai Chi Chuan Long Form (Advanced)

  • For more information, contact the instructor: Maki Guelcher mazen.taichi@gmail.com
  • We have a limited inside space, so please register your spot at https://mazentaichi.com/courses. You need to enroll in the class first, then register your spot.
  • If we exceed the limit of inside capacity, we are going to practice outside at the garden, so please bring warm clothes and comfortable shoes.
  • We are following COVID-19 protocol with social distancing and wearing a mask during the class.
  • If you enrolled in the class, a portion of your fee is going to the temple as a donation. If you sign-up for the Free class, we would like to ask you for a donation to the temple. We would greatly appreciate your kind donation.

What is Tai Chi?

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).

About Our Instructors

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.

For details on Judy Scott’s Tai Chi class, please call 805-650-4826.