Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Summer 2017 Tai Chi Classes at Great River

Great River Tai Chi's summer tai chi classes start Sunday, June 4th, at 7-8 p.m.
Improve your health, posture, balance and mind, all in one great activity! In this class, you'll learn the basics of tai chi and how to make good use of it in your daily life.
Tuition: $150 for ten weeks. New students welcome for first three weeks.
Register at first class.
Classes meet at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on the NE corner of 46th St. & Colfax Av. S. in Minneapolis, just east of Lake Harriet.
Contact us for further information at 612- 822-5760.

Summer Workshop with Weiming Yuan 
Don't miss this insightful workshop, July 6-9, held at Macalester College in St. Paul.

Contact us for further information at 612- 822-5760.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Great River Spring 2017 Open House and Classes

Great River T'ai Chi is celebrating its 38th anniversary and its new home at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 4557 Colfax Avenue South, in Minneapolis, just east of Lake Harriet.

Join us for an Open House, Sunday, March 12, from 6–8 p.m. We'll have a sample class, refreshments, and screen the documentary "The Professor:T'ai Chi's Journey to the West" about Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing, the founder of our lineage.

Spring Beginners classes commence the following week, Sunday, March 19th, from 6–7 pm. Classes run for ten weeks. Register at class. Tuition: $150. Beginners are accepted for the first three weeks.
Call us for further information 612  822 5760.

Beginners Level Two meets Sundays, 7–8 pm; Advanced classes, Thursdays, 6–8 p.m.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Winter 2017 Tai Chi Classes at Great River!

Join us for a new Beginners Tai Chi class at Great River Tai Chi!
Class starts Sunday, January 15th, from 7–8 p.m.
This ten-week class gives you a solid introduction to Tai Chi practice and principles, and how to apply those to daily life.
Whether you're dealing with stress at work, computer-itis, balance, or just want a relaxing, interesting activity, try Tai Chi!
Tuition: Ten weeks for only $150! Register at class. New students accepted until end of January.
Great River Tai Chi has been offering classes at all levels since 1979 in the Yang-style short form developed by Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing. Our instructors have trained in Taiwan and the United States with senior students of Professor Cheng including Liu Hsi-heng, Ben Lo, Ed Young, Maggie Newman and Wolfe Lowenthal.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Tai Chi for Seniors.

"According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 2.3 million U.S. adults had used tai chi in the previous 12 months. That number is growing among aging adults for practical reasons: Tai chi requires no special clothing, shoes or equipment, so it’s affordable; it can be done almost anywhere; its slow, relaxed, and fluid movements are less stressful on aging joints and muscles; when practiced with a group, it lends itself to socializing.
"Most important, though, are the physical and mental benefits that tai chi can provide. In studies by medical researchers, this form of exercise addresses common age-related conditions such as chronic pain, loss of balance and stress. Some studies even show that tai chi can increase flexibility, promote cardiovascular fitness, increase bone mineral density, lower blood pressure and increase aerobic capacity."
 Read this article in full at the National Academy of Sports Medicine website.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Great River Tai Chi Open House and New Classes September 2016!

Curious about what Tai Chi can do for you? Come to Great River Tai Chi's Fall 2016 Open House, Sunday, September 11, 6–8 p.m. to find out more about this unique exercise.
Watch demonstrations, take a sampler class, see a movie, meet teachers, and enjoy some refreshments!

Tai Chi can help with:

  • mindfulness
  • balance
  • posture
  • stress reduction
  • body-mind connection
  • and much more!
New Beginners Class starts Sunday, September 18, 6–7 p.m.
Learn all of the basic principles of Tai Chi in this 10-week class, and how to make use of it in daily life. Tuition: $150 for ten weeks. Register at Open House or on first night of class.

Great River Tai Chi has been offering classes since 1979 in traditional Yang-style short form of Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing. We also offer intermediate and advanced classes year-round.
Classes are held at 4200 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis. Contact us at 612-822-5760 for further information and to receive our free newsletter.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Treat Your Father to Tai Chi: New Summer Classes Start June 19

Treat your dad this year to the gift of Tai Chi classes at Great River! Tai Chi is the perfect exercise for health, relaxation, posture, focus, and much more!  Great River Tai Chi summer classes begin Sunday, June 19, 2016, 7-8 p.m. We practice the Yang-style Short form of Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing. This is supplemented by mindfulness and qigong exercises. Classes meet at 4200 Cedar Av. S., Minneapolis (entrance on 42nd). Tuition $150 for ten weeks; register at class.

Intermediate and Advanced classes, ongoing, in Professor Cheng's tradition: solo form, push hands, and sword, including application to daily life.
Summer workshop with Weiming Yuan, July 28-31, at Macalester College, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Weiming is a senior student of the late Mr. Liu Hsi-heng in Taiwan, who was one of Professor Cheng's senior students. Contact us for information.
For information on any of these classes or events, contact us at 612-8225760.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring into Tai Chi at Great RIver

Start your spring out right with Tai Chi for Beginners at Great River!  Classes start April 3, and run through May 22, from 7-8 p.m. This class series will focus on posture and mindfulness. Tai Chi can be a great boon to both!
No experience necessary; register first night of class. Tuition is $120. Classes meet at 4200 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis (entrance is on 42nd Street).
Great River Tai Chi has been offering classes in traditional Yang-style short form of Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing since 1979.
Contact us for further information at 612---822-5760. 
* Also see Great River at World Tai Chi Day, Saturday, April 30th, 10 am-12 pm  at Community Auditorium at Normandale Elementary School (NOT Normandale Technical College)  5701 Normandale Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55424.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Great River Winter 2016 Classes

Warm up your winter with Tai Chi! Try this wonderful exercise for mindfulness, health, relaxation, and self-defense. We'll work on everyday applications and tai chi principles, and learn about the philosophy and benefits of practice.
Great River's Winter beginners class starts Sunday, January 10th, 7-8 p.m. Classes meet at 4200 Cedar Avenue South (entrance on 42nd Street). Register at the first night of classes. Tuition: $150 for ten weeks. Missed classes can be made up during the quarter.
Gift certificates available! Give yourself the gift of health!

"6 Benefits of Tai Chi for Your Health"

Tai Chi Benefits for Your Health


A great article on the benefits of tai chi:

"My senior year of college, a friend and I signed up for a tai chi class offered on campus. We thought it would be an entertaining hour or two every week, and it gave us a few extra course credits. But a week or two in, I realized that the classes were actually something I really loved and valued as a part of my week. I looked forward to the few hours each week where I got to calm my mind and move my body at the same time." Read the whole article at Mother Earth News.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tai Chi in Everyday Life

Cartoonist James Sturm brings tai chi to worklife—our mentor Maggie Newman's words of wisdom are featured.  See the full cartoon at Medium.