I LOVE Tai Chi! It is one of the most profound art forms that exists!
It is moving meditation, self defense training, a way of life, finding your center of balance (in all ways), practice in meeting your own shadow, and a movement that enhances your awareness, coordination, intuition and clarity.
It is a gentle yet impactful exercise that can be done into your golden elderly years: it benefits your heart, circulation and muscular, bone and joint strength.
It teaches you how to gather up chi (lifeforce) directly from Mother Earth and all the elements around you.
I have been practicing Tai Chi off and on for years now and I will practice it for the rest of my life. It is an extremely powerful energetic practice: you are directly working with and circulating the chi of your own body and that of the Earth.
It expands your aura and field of awareness, which helps you in so many ways in life, ways that you might not even consider: being better at ‘reading’ people, knowing whether someone has positive/negative intentions more quickly, knowing danger is coming before it even arrives, more powerful speech and energy in general and more.
We are so lucky to have a Tai Chi teacher who specializes in a very traditional, rare martial form now teaching weekly classes at the SAN Center.
Frank has been studying and practicing Tai Chi for over 10 years. He was fortunate to be taught a very old form of the Yang style of Tai Chi that was brought to America by Master Fu-Yaun Ni and passed on to him by Master Ni's former student and retired teacher Gary Kukuk. Frank teaches both the martial application (self defense) and the meditative aspects of Tai Chi.
Now at the SAN Center, Frank is currently offering these two classes Monday - Saturday from 5:30 - 7pm:
Tone your muscles with gentle effort in this total body and inner organ tuneup. Enhance mindful breathing and focus, release tension and bring awareness into your body. Loosen stagnancies or stuckness in the muscles, expand your aura and strengthen your presence. Cleanse and nourish the major organs (liver, spleen, stomach, heart, lungs, kidneys). Gently stretch your lower back and knees; release eye strain from working on the computer. Strengthen your bones; build vitality and blood. Increase balance, coordination, flexibility and resiliency, while connecting the body with the breath and the mind.
Anyone can do these exercises; athletic folks can do deeper, more challenging positions.
A more advanced, complex form of moving meditation that is a complete holistic physical, emotional, mental, energetic practice that includes: strength building, internal acupressure, organ massage, sense-building, qi expansion with self-defense and martial aspects. Calms the mind and balances the emotions. Paced learning according to traditional style of Tai Chi.
This class requires a certain level of commitment. It involves a specific sequence of movements and breathing, and practice outside of class will be expected.
If you're interested in taking a class from Frank, schedule your first class here!
Love + Tai Chi,
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