Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tai Chi Snow Day

Great River Classes Sunday, December 12, 2010 are cancelled due to deep snow and cold.
Don't forget to use good tai chi methods for shoveling: relax, align, breath, shovel!
Keep your legs bent and let your effort come from the ground, not from your lower back.
Keep warm and see you soon!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall Tai Chi Classes in Minneapolis

Curious about what tai chi can do for you? This fall, Great River T'ai Chi gives you the opportunity to explore this ancient practice that can truly help you in mind and body.Under the guidance of experienced teachers, you'll learn about balance, body alignment, and realxation and breathing.
Featured recently in Jane Brody's Personal Health column in the New York Times, T'ai Chi is excellent for fall prevention, balance, stress reduction, and more. Recent studies have affirmed its use in treating fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other conditions.

Our beginners' classes start Sunday, September 26th  from 6-7 pm, and run through December 5th (new students may enter until October 10). The tuition for the 10-week class is $150. Ten percent discount for students, seniors, and family/household members coming together. Registration is at class. Class will meet at 1940 Hennepin Avenue South 2F (at Franklin) in Minneapolis, just south of downtown Minneapolis.
For further information, call 612-822-5760.

Intermediate and advanced classes are also offered at Great River. Intermediates meet Sundays from 7-8 pm, and continue study of the tai chi "form." Advanced class is held Thursdays from 6-8 pm, and features Form Review this fall.

Form Review Workshop, Thursdays, 6-8 pm,

This fall, we offer our popular "Form Review Workshop." We'll go through a cycle of Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing's Yang-style short form in detail over the span of eight weeks. This workshop is suitable for current students, inactive students, newcomers with background in other styles of tai chi or other martial arts, as well as motivated beginners. Tuition: $176 total, or $23 per evening.

Tai Chi Helps Fibromyalgia

Tai Chi has been practiced for hundreds of years, and has been studied scientifically for several decades. Medical reserachers have clearly demonstrated tai chi's usefullness for treatment of numerous conditions: arthritis, diabetes, balance problems, fall prevention, bone density loss, high blood pressure, shingles, stress, anger management, schizophrenia, and for improvement of general well-being.

"The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi may be effective as a therapy for fibromyalgia, according to a study published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine.
A clinical trial at Tufts Medical Center found that after 12 weeks of tai chi, patients with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, did significantly better in measurements of pain, fatigue, physical functioning, sleeplessness and depression than a comparable group given stretching exercises and wellness education. Tai chi patients were also more likely to sustain improvement three months later."

Read the complete New York Times article here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Summer Tai Chi Classes in Minneapolis

Great River's summer schedule includes a FREE CLASS Thursday, June 3rd, 6-7 pm. Come try out tai chi, find out what it's all about, and learn some valuable skills!
Beginners classes start Thursday, June 10th, 6-7 pm, and run for 10 weeks.
Tuition for 10 weeks is $150 per person.

May Day Parade and Tai Chi

Great River Tai Chi will be participating for the first time in the annual May Day parade in south Minneapolis, Sunday, May 2! This incredible community event features huge handmade puppets from Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater, music, parade, food, events, and much more, including the annual appearance of the sun. Come see the Tai Chi Tigers march! See the HOTB website for all the information.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

April Practice Tips

As you break out the garden tools, think about the mechanics of how you work on your lawn and garden. Can you apply tai chi principles so as to avoid strain when lifting things or shoveling? Can you use good body mechanics? Try it out and see what your results are.

Friday, March 5, 2010

March Tai Chi Class Updates

• New Tai Chi Essence Class, Thursdays, 6-7 pm starting March 4. This class introduces you to a simple set of exercises that serve as a foundation for further tai chi practice or simply for use in daily life. They are easy to remember, and give great benefits for balance and relaxation and focus. CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECIAL TUITION: 2-for-1 for Essence class.....Two people take class for the price of one ($88). Essence classes can be taken on a drop-in basis, $23 per time. Sign up first night of class. 1940 Hennepin.

• FREE Tai Chi Class, Sunday, March 14, 6-7 pm.  Join Cheryl Powers for a discussion of "Tai Chi for Spring Health." Make your spring a healthy one. At the studio.

• NEW Tai Chi Beginners Class, Sunday, March 21, 6-7 pm. The benefits of tai chi practice are physical, mental, and metaphysical! Learn the fundamentals of traditional tai chi movement and ideas in this 10-week beginners class. Register at class. Tuition: $150.

World Tai Chi Day, Saturday, April 24. Great River will be joining with other groups at Normandale Community College in Bloomington for the festivities. Demonstrations, talks, displays, tai chi, qigong, and more! We'll send out info as it becomes available.

Minnesota Nurses Association Annual Retreat, Tuesday, April 27. Great River instructors Barbara Davis and Cheryl Powers will be presenting the Tai Chi Essence exercises at this conference for nurses.

• National Qigong Association National Conference, "Qi=mc2" will be held this August in Chaska, Minnesota.  Great River instructors Barbara Davis and Cheryl Powers will be presenting. Details to follow.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Great River T'ai Chi Winter-Spring 2010 Events

Happy Year of the Tiger!

• New Tai Chi Essence Class, Thursdays, 6 pm starting Feb. 4. This class introduces you to a simple set of exercises that serve as a foundation for further tai chi practice or simply for use in daily life. They are easy to remember, and give great benefits for balance and relaxation and focus. CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECIAL TUITION: 2-for-1 for Essence class.....Two people take class for the price of one ($88). Sign up first night of class.

Nathan Menaged Workshop--Sunday, February 7, 9 am-12 pm. Enjoy Nathan's fun take on tai chi at this "Three-dimensional Yielding" workshop. Open to all levels. $75, register at workshop, if you haven't already. Location: Great River studio.

• Free Class, Sunday, March 14, 6-7 pm.  Join Cheryl Powers for a discussion of "Tai Chi for Spring Health." Make your spring a healthy one. At the studio.

• NEW Beginners Class, Sunday, March 21, 6-7 pm. The benefits of tai chi practice are physical, mental, and metaphysical! Learn the fundamentals of traditional tai chi movement and ideas in this 10-week beginners class. Register at class. Tuition: $150.

World Tai Chi Day, Saturday, April 24. Great River will be joining with other groups at Normandale Community College in Bloomington for the festivities. Demonstrations, talks, displays, tai chi, qigong, and more! We'll send out info as it becomes available.

Minnesota Nurses Association Annual Retreat, Tuesday, April 27. Great River instructors Barbara Davis and Cheryl Powers will be presenting the Tai Chi Essence exercises at this conference for nurses.

• National Qigong Association National Conference, "Qi=mc2" will be held this August in Chaska, Minnesota.  Great River instructors Barbara Davis and Cheryl Powers will be presenting. Details to follow.

Monday, January 11, 2010

January Practice Tips


Shoveling snow, chipping ice. These are the forms of winter exercise many of us face almost every week in Minnesota. How can you apply tai chi to them? By remembering to use good alignment and relaxation. Don't use force. Use the whole body, not just the arms, to do the work. Gradually, gradually, is also a good motto. Don't try to "plow" through it all in record time, but rather work at a comfortable pace.