In 2006, I was stressed out, overworked and in dire need of a healthier lifestyle. Having not exercised since middle school, I joined a neighborhood fitness center and struggled to find the correct fit. I saw a poster for beginner tai chi chuan lessons. Intrigued, I signed up and after the first lesson, I couldn't practice enough. My life had changed.
T'ai chi has allowed me to overcome some lifelong health challenges and to follow a more holistic path to peace and wellness. As an educator, I was excited to share my experiences, so I asked my teacher if I might study to become certified through her in the 37-move Yang Style Short Form as taught to her by the original Master, Professor Cheng Man Ch'ing. Since then, I've expanded my tai chi knowledge by learning a Sun-style seated and 24-move form to better serve diverse populations.
Over the past 13 years, I've developed a unique, Western teaching style. My approach is casual and clear: I incorporate the goals of each student and encourage questions while fostering the sense of community inherent to group practice. My focus is primarily on the health benefits staying true to the choreography of this softer form pioneered by the Professor and referencing the martial applications only to enhance learning.
Whether you're interested in improving your strength or balance; increasing focus and cognition; reducing stress; addressing the challenges of a chronic disease; or enhancing overall well being, adding an awareness of t'ai chi will no doubt help you and your practice may well enrich your life in ways you never expected.