Sunday, September 16, 2007

Tai Chi Fall Classes in Twin Cities

Great River T'ai Chi Fall 2007 classes kick off with a free talk "T'ai Chi: China's Health Secret" Sunday, September 9th, 7-8 pm. Come meet the instructors and try out a few moves! Experience the relaxing movements of t'ai chi for yourself! New Beginner's classes will start Sunday, September 16th, 7 pm. The ten-week session costs $140. Call 612-822-5760 for further information or see our website. Easy access from downtown Minneapolis or from St. Paul. We're coveniently located in south Minneapolis near downtown at 1940 Hennepin, just off I-94 (Hennepin exit), and on or near buses 2, 4, 6, 12, 17, 113, 114, just south of the Walker Art Center and Loring Park. Also see below for information on our Community Education clases.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

How Do Tai Chi and Yoga Differ?

There are many different kinds of exercise and mind-body disciplines, tai chi and yoga are among the most popular. Both help limber up the body, focus the mind and body as one, improve body awareness, and lower stress. So how do they differ? Yoga's focus is on the internal life and health of a person, and in some traditions, on moral and spiritual teachings.
Tai chi does this too, but in contrast, excells at teaching you good alignment, breathing, relaxation, and movement, as well as application of movement. So, no matter if you're practicing tai chi as a meditative discipline or as a martial art, there's always a sense of how tai chi ideas (such as good alignment or balance) can be used in daily life both internally in one's own self, and externally, in interacting with other people and with tools and objects. Tai chi principles can be used equally in opening a window, for example, digging in the garden, or participating in a meeting at work, and so on.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Taiji Takes on Battling the Flu

Here's yet one more way taiji can help your health: it can increase the efficacy of your flu shot. In an article in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, well-known taiji teacher and researcher Yang Yang found that five months of an easy taiji and qigong routine could "improve the magnitude and duration of the HI anti-influenza antibody titer response in a small cohort of older adults.” Yang will discuss his results at a conference in September at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Yang and Great River director Barbara Davis have both been presenters together at A Taste of China and the International Forum on Taijiquan. Click here for the entire news release.

Friday, September 7, 2007

September Tai Chi Practice Notes: The Foot

What makes T'ai Chi such a good lifetime exercise? One of the prime reasons is that it helps you become aware of your body alignment and balance from the inside out. Much of the time we rely on external feedback for these things, but T'ai Chi builds that awareness from the ground up, so to speak. You can start by focusing on how your feet connect to the ground. Can you feel the ground equally under each part of each foot? Do your feet feel relaxed as they touch the ground?
When you feel more connected to the ground, then you can let all of your movements--stepping, walking, running, lifting, and so on--come from the ground, be connected to the ground. Doing so has a positive impact on keeping your balance, using your body wisely when working, and on your overall relaxation and focus--after all, if you have a foot on the ground, then you have a leg to stand on!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Tai Chi Classes at Washburn Community Ed

NEW CLASS! Great River Tai Chi advanced students will be teaching beginners classes through Washburn Community Education programs this fall. Classes will meet in south Minneapolis, Tuesday nights at Washburn Public Library. Contact the Minneapolis Public Schools Community Education Department at 612-668-3450 for registration information.

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