Tai chi and qi gong are flowing forms of martial arts from China practiced today for their myriad of health benefits. This 45 minute beginner class will leave you feeling relaxed, focused, and energized. This class is based on traditional tai chi adapted by a team of medical experts and researchers to be accessible and easy to learn in the modern day. It is gentle enough for folks dealing with many medical conditions but involves a level of focus that anyone can benefit from. Traditionally, tai chi is done in flat, comfortable shoes, but you can also do it barefoot. Most of the class will be done standing (no mat is needed) and you may want to have a chair nearby to rest. Wear comfortable clothes and experience the benefits for yourself from your living room! Your teacher, Ann Swanson, was introduced to tai chi studying under a master in Shanghai, China. She went on to earn certifications under Dr. Paul Lam, a medical doctor and tai chi master who developed programs that research suggests can relieve pain, help arthritis symptoms, and improve balance. NOTE: You’ll need a space free of clutter on the floor of at least 6 ft. by 6 ft. Recommended props: chair (for a seated practice or balance)
This class is appropriate for all students with all experience levels, including new and beginner students who are still learning the basics.
Gentle, with slow sustained movement on the mat.
Ann Swanson (MS, C-IAYT, LMT, ERYT-500) has her Master's of Science in yoga therapy and roots studying yoga in India and tai chi in China. Ann specializes in pain relief, with certification in Yoga for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Arthritis. Her book Science of Yoga has been translated into over 15 languages. Currently, she is writing a book on meditation with Harvard researcher Dr. Sara Lazar and a book on tai chi with master Dr. Paul Lam. Join Ann weekly for intelligently sequenced classes for pain relief and healthy aging.Learn more