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.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tai Chi for Fall Prevention

"Minnesota has the nation’s fourth-highest rate of fall-related deaths," the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported in a recent article about how Tai Chi can prevent falls. Many studies have shown that Tai Chi helps improves many aspects of health, mobility, and balance. State commissioners of health and human services are seen here, following along in a training workshop.

Tai Chi participants can note a dramatic and quick improvement in balance and mobility by practicing even just the basics. Tai Chi is very multi-faceted, and can serve as a mindfulness exercise, as well as a martial art. See Great River's current schedule below for information on beginners classes.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Great River Tai Chi Fall 2015 Classes

Time for Tai Chi! Join our new beginners class, Sunday, September 20, 2015, 7:00-8:00 p.m. You can register at class the first night. Tuition for the full ten weeks is $150. Class is located at 4200 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, convenient to bikeways, bus, and light rail.
We have classes year-round at all levels.
For further information, contact us at the number in the sidebar.

Form Review Workshop! Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. October-November. Brush up on your tai chi moves, and deepen your understanding at this
workshop for intermediate-advanced students. Contact us for schedule.

Tai Chi is one of the most multifaceted forms of exercise imaginable. With its roots in Chinese health exercises (meditation, yangsheng and qigong), martial arts, and Chinese medicine, it helps you achieve calm mind and healthy body. Tai Chi is the perfect antidote to stressful modern lifestyles, sedentary work, and "computeritis"! Tai Chi, like yoga and meditation, encourages mindfulness. Its health benefits are numerous: practitioners see great improvement in balance, fall prevention, lowered blood pressure, strengthened immune system, and easing of stiff-jointedness.

Great River Tai Chi has been offering classes in traditional Tai Chi since 1979, with a focus on how to apply Tai Chi to daily life. The style we practice is the Yang-style short form developed by Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing. Our instructors have trained with Professor Cheng's noted senior students in Taiwan and the United States, including Liu Hsi-hung, Ben Lo, Maggie Newman, Ed Young, and others. Our director, Barbara Davis, is at work on a full-length biography of Professor Cheng.

Tai Chi can be a life-changing, fun endeavor!  Try it this fall!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Great River Tai Chi Summer 2015 Classes

Spring into summer with Tai Chi!
This summer, Great River will offer a free sampler class, new beginners class, and our annual workshop with Weiming Yuan.

•We're adding a new class time at 5 p.m. Sundays!
•Classes this summer are being held at 4200 Cedar Ave. S. (former Danish-American Center), due to changes in ownership of previous space.

Sunday, June 7th, at 5 p.m.
What can Tai Chi do for you? Whether it's health, wellness, mindfulness, or martial arts, Tai Chi is a multifaceted exercise that is fun and inspiring. Come learn some simple moves and meet the instructors.
Free, no pre-registration needed.
4200 Cedar Av. So. (enter on 42nd Street).

Sundays, June 14-August 23, from 5-6 p.m.
Learn traditional Tai Chi! Each week, learn new moves, review previous ones, and learn tai chi exercises. This class will give you a solid foundation in tai chi moves and principles.
Tuition$150 for ten weeks
Register at class. (New students accepted until June 26th.)
No class July 5th.
4200 Cedar Av. So. (enter on 42nd Street).

Sundays, ongoing, 7-8 p.m.
Continue study of Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing's Yang-style short form of Tai Chi. This class is at the first Single Whip.

Ongoing, Sundays, 6-7 p.m.
Continue study of Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing's Yang-style short form of Tai Chi. This class is about halfway through the form.

Ongoing, Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
Deepen your tai chi practice with work on solo form, sword, and push hands.

Sampler Class (June 7)
Beginners 1---Sundays 5 pm (starts June 14 No class July 5th.)
Beginners 2---Sundays 7 pm (No class July 5th.)
Intermediate---Sundays 6 pm (No class July 5th.)
Advanced--------Thursdays 6-8 pm (n.b. class June 25th at Barb's)
Summer Workshop-----Thursday, July 30-Sunday, August 2 (see schedule below)

Class Tuition:
Beginners 1 and 2   $150 for ten weeks
Unlimited classes flat fee per month   $88
For information call us at 612--822--5760

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Forward with Tai Chi!

Tai Chi can help with mind-body-spirit! This unique mindfulness exercise/martial art can improve your balance, posture, and blood pressure.
Learn the basics of Tai Chi in our 8-week beginners class, starting Sunday, March 29, 7-8 pm, through May 17.
Tuition: $120
Register at class the first night. New students accepted through April 5th.
Location: 5603 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Spark Wellness Center)

Great River Tai Chi has been offering classes since 1979. Call us for further information 612--822-5760.