|Location:||Tai Chi Monroe Studio
148 N Monroe Street
Monroe, MI 48162
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|Contact:||Viola Everett||(734) 770-5972|
The ancient practice of tai chi is clinically proven to be one of the most effective exercises to improve health, fitness and relaxation. Based on the 24 Forms which is the most widely practiced tai chi form. While there are many variations, the form you will learn is the one of the most authentic.
Viola Everett teaches unique Qigong exercises and foundation movements which will enhance your energy and make easier learning. She teaches the 24 forms from dividing each form into small sections allowing you to follow along with ease. Throughout the lessons, Viola will explain the tai chi principles and how to use them to improve your Tai Chi practice.
10 Forms of YANG Tai Chi
|2||Parting Wild Horse’s Mane – Left, Right and Left|
|3||White Crane Flashing Wings|
|4||Brush Knee – Right, Left and Right|
|5||Playing the Lute|
|6||Repulse Monkey – Right, Left, Right, Left|
|7||Stroking Bird’s Tail – Left|
|8||Stroking Bird’s Tail – Right|
|10||Waving Hands Like Clouds|
About the Programs
This program was designed specifically for people with musculoskeletal conditions by Dr. Paul Lam, an Australian family physician and instructor in Sydney‘s Medical School. Dr. Lam was diagnosed with arthritis in his 20′s and pursued a Tai Chi practice as a way of enhancing his mobility and health. After years of study, he became an expert Tai Chi master, winning the gold medal at the Third International Competition in 1993. He and his team members developed the current program. The team included tai chi experts, rheumatologists, occupational and physical therapists.
The program is open to anyone wishing to explore Tai Chi – “Meditation in Motion” – in a safe, comfortable environment. You DO NOT need to have arthritis to benefit from the program.
All classes begin with warm up exercises and end with cool down exercises. We include the practice of Tai Chi walking, as well as the 6 Basic and 6 Advanced movements of the Tai Chi for Arthritis Form which includes qigong exercise sequences in Level I classes.
Level II classes in addition learn the more advanced Level II Form with 9 additional movements. These classes may also include some additional qigong and self massage techniques.
Our Advanced Tai Chi class may begin or end with a short centering or meditation period and go deeper in understanding the Level 1 & 2 TCA forms and Yang 24, while exploring more Qigong practices, including Tai Chi Qigong – Shibashi 18 Forms.. Depending on class interest we may also introduce Tai Chi for Better Balance, The Eight Brocades, The Harvard Medical School Protocols, The Five Animals at Play, Seven Movements of the Sky Fisherman and other practices as proficiency increases.
The Sun style of tai chi was selected for people with arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions because of its powerful qigong exercises, especially effective for healing and relaxation. This style also offers a higher, more upright stance, putting less stress on the knees and hips thus making it more suitable for people with arthritis and older people. It does not require deep knee bends. The sequences keep you moving. The “follow step” typical of Sun style, offers more agile foot movement than other tai chi styles and doesn’t over stress joints by long periods of holding static postures.
Tai Chi requires no special equipment and can be done almost anywhere. It helps relieve pain, ease stiffness, improve overall balance and physical coordination while improving posture, strengthening muscles and building stamina. It increases circulation of the blood and lymph, improves function of the heart and lungs while relieving stress, anxiety and depression. It also helps concentration and memory, while promoting tranquility and a sense of well being. Classes offer an opportunity for socialization and fellowship proven to be important in maintaining cognitive skills.