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Tai Chi & Gi Gong

Tai Chi class

Tai Chi and Qi Gong are related ancient arts that can be used to develop one's life force energy for improved health and increased longevity. Tai Chi and Qi Gong develop mind/body awareness. These moving meditations increase strength from the inside out. Practitioners often notice improvements in postural, alignment or movement patterns which can decrease tension or injury.

Practitioners move with greater ease and efficiency, both mentally and physically. You can use the methods of Tai Chi and Qi Gong in your daily life to maintain your general health. Tai Chi and Qi Gong are known to foster calmness and tranquility as well as:

reduce blood pressure • improve immune function • improve oxygen utilization • increase bone density • increase knee/ankle strength/flexibility • and reduce levels of stress.

Tai Chi is famous for its beautiful, slow circular movements. Qi Gong offers the same benefits of Tai Chi without having to learn a particular sequence of movements. In Qi Gong, the movements are done individually rather than being linked together in a series. Qigong classes are suitable for persons of all physical conditions.

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"Taking Tai Chi with Jude Hasken has been an important part of my commitment to wellness. Learning the movements takes concentration and effort. Over these last nine months, it has helped me coordinate brain and body, strengthening my balance and improving my health." ~Richard Cohen

Class Descriptions

Qi Gong for Health - Rebuild your physical, mental and emotional health with the ancient art of Qi Gong. Qi Gong has been used for self-healing, rejuvenation and internal transformation for millenia and is slowly being recognized in the west for its beneficial properties. At a minimum you can reduce stress, improve your immune function, regulate your metabolic system, improve balance, digestion, blood pressure and much, much more with this practice. Open to all levels of practitioners. Taught by Corinne Chaves.

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Tai Chi Level I-II - This class is for beginner and intermediate students and will combine 24 forms and 108 forms. See below for more information. Level II is for more advanced Tai Chi participants who have already learned basic Tai Chi skills. It includes more advanced Tai Chi forms, breathing techniques, and applications of Tai Chi principles to manage stress. You are considered advanced if you have practiced Tai Chi Level I for 6 -12 months. Taught by Jude Hasken.

Tai Chi – Yang Style 24 Forms - In 1956 the Chinese government brought together a panel of Master Tai Chi teachers to synthesize many Tai Chi forms and agree on a version of classic moves that anyone can learn for great benefit. This "Simplified" 24 Forms is taught worldwide and here at Decatur Healing Arts. Taught in 8-week sessions. Taught by Jude Hasken.

Tai Chi - Yang Style 108 Forms - This is the original Yang Family Style Long Form Tai Chi Chuan, comprised of 108 movements divided into three sections. Once learned, the Form takes around 20 minutes to perform in its entirety, giving the practitioner a good workout in a single Form. Yang Style 24 Forms (see above) is a prerequisite for this class. Tai Chi history and theories will also be discussed. This is an on-going class for experienced students. Taught by Jude Hasken.

Wu Dang Tai Chi Fundamentals - This beautiful Tai Chi is the synthesis of hard and soft, strength and flexibility, water overcoming stone. To achieve fluency the practitioner needs to build strength, increase flexibility, and internalize their awareness of the flow of the movements. In the fundamentals class we focus on rooting and strengthening the foundation with stretching, Tai Chi walking, and kicking. Drop-ins welcome. Taught by Corinne Chaves.

Wu Dang Tai Chi 52 Forms - The internal martial art of Tai Chi originated in Wu Dang in the 15th century. The original Sanfeng Tai Chi 13 form and Sanfeng Tai Chi Sword form were preserved and handed down over the centuries through the lineage holders at the temple. Until recently the forms were only taught to those who came to the temple. In the early 21st century, Wu Dang Tai Chi 28, 52, and Square Foot forms were created to introduce the general public to Wu Dang Tai Chi. Incorporating the complexity and internal power of the original forms, these new forms provide an introduction to the beauty and strength of Wu Dang Tai Chi. Prerequisites: It is recommended that the student take a minimum of a 4 week Wu Dang Tai Chi fundamentals course (see above) when beginning the form even if they have learned other Tai Chi forms previously. Taught by Corinne Chaves.

Tai Chi Practice

Sun Style Tai Chi for Arthritis - Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation uses the gentle flowing movements of Sun-style Tai Chi to promote mental and physical strength, stamina and flexibility. This gentle form of exercise is appropriate for those diagnosed with arthritis or other chronic diseases causing joint pain, stiffness or limited range of motion. It is suitable for anyone with balance issues, back problems or challenges that have prevented them from taking Tai Chi before. Studies have shown that many who participate in three months of Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation enjoy reduced pain, improved balance and function, better sleep, increased energy, and an improved outlook. Drop-ins welcome. You may use your class card for this class. Taught by Eleanor Hand and Susanne Pickering.

Inner Balance through Tai Ji (Chi) - The Inner Balance class is the Living Tao form of Chungliang Huang, a fluid form evolving from Yang tradition. The class includes a series of warm-ups and various Qi Gong forms. The movements focus on the Five Elements or Five Moving Forces - fire, water, wood, metal, and earth. Chinese brush calligraphy and poetry are often used to allow the student to further explore movement and metaphor. This class is suitable for people who are comfortable being on their feet for 60 minutes. Taught by Meg Randolph.

Tai Ji (Chi), Qi Gong, and Meditation - This class will combine a short, simple Tai Ji (Chi) form, various Qi Gong forms, which can be done seated or standing, and brief meditations focused on breath and stillness. The emphasis is on finding inner stillness, focus, and relaxation. It is appropriate for people of all abilities. Taught by Meg Randolph.

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"I take Tai Chi @ Decatur Healing Arts through Kaiser and I have had several benifits, some of them I think were unintended. Besides feeling better and being more flexible, I have lost 10 lbs., I am stronger and I feel so much healthier.

Also, I am learning Tai Chi and this will help me for the rest of my life. I am a creative type person: I do photography, I write, I do videos. In the past I was mostly a writer. I have written over 20 two-act plays and many have been produced. But for the last few years I haven't written anything. I won't say I was blocked, but I didn't write. Then through Tai Chi and Qi Gong breathing exercises, I am writing again. Tai Chi has opened up my creative energies again. Thanks KP!" ~Stephen Peace