Everything You Need to Know
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I’ve never done any tai chi before—what might I expect?
Not to worry! We start each class with a series of stand alone warm ups to help you relax and focus your energy. Although the forms learned are sequential, at least one short sequence will be covered in detail in every class. Over time you will be able to string them together. But even with one session, you’ll be able to take at least one new practice home with you.
What should I wear?
The class is done standing so loose, comfortable clothing and stocking feet are fine if that’s comfortable for you. Once you try the class, you may prefer to wear cotton soled tai chi shoes or a similar closed toe but flexible, thin soled shoe. But don't wear them outdoors, they won't last!
What’s the biggest misconception about tai chi?
That it’s only for “old people” which couldn’t be further from the truth! Tai chi can and should be practiced at any age. It is a lifelong pursuit.”.
I've heard there's a lot of variety in tai chi. What do you teach?
There are 5 styles or families of tai chi and each style may have many different forms. My current focus for the group classes is the 37 move Yang style short form as taught by Cheng Man Ch’ing.
How long does it take to learn the 37 move form?
Everyone is different! Some folks will learn the form well enough to practice on their own in 9-12 months. With daily practice, it may take 3-4 months to feel confident with solo practice. Others may decide that learning it is not their primary goal—either way you will reap some benefit of tai chi with every session.
What is a tai chi “form”?
A series of postures or “forms” that are practiced sequentially. Not unlike dance choreography, it can take some time to learn but you can easily follow along and benefit without necessarily learning to execute the form on your own.
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