TAI CHI (pronounced “tie-jee”) is a centuries-old Chinese exercise program that promotes good health and balance. It is a series of slow, gentle movements, done in a specific order to facilitate energy flow, fitness, relaxation and focus. Doing tai chi provides multiple health benefits.
QIGONG (“chi kung”) is an ancient art form that integrates breathing techniques, postural alignments and physical movements to aid the flow of QI (“chee”), or vital internal energy, and promote self-healing. Everyone can benefit from the practice of qigong, regardless of ability, age, or physical condition.
Classes include methods for improving health, reducing stress, and ways to boost the immune system and help stabilize the nervous system. Learn more about how qigong and tai chi are beneficial. Join in-person sessions, for virtual online sessions, or for a class in the park.
Class Format and Costs
Most of the classes are 45 minutes or one hour in length. Classes usually meet once weekly. The duration varies from 4 weeks long, to up to 12 weeks in length. Check the particular class for details, including schedules and cost. See the Classes page for the current list of classes offered.
Methods of payment include cash, check, or through PayPal, and payment can be made at the first class.
What can I expect in a class?
Exercises may be done standing or seated.
No mat is needed, and you do not get down on the floor.
No previous experience is needed. If you have no knowledge of these arts, you may start with the beginning classes.
Students are encouraged to practice daily. Written support materials are provided in many classes. These safe, effective programs encourage students to rest when needed, and stay within their comfort range.
All classes are open to the public regardless of the location (unless otherwise noted).
For outdoor venues it is recommended that you bring your own water and a chair, if desired. Dress for the weather, and make sure that you choose shoes that are suitable for uneven surfaces, such as grass or gravel.
Who can participate?
Anyone can join in on tai chi or qigong classes. If you use a walker, or are in a wheelchair there are many aspects of either of these disciplines that can be helpful to you.
If you are fit and exercise regularly, you can also benefit from practice.
If you are rehabilitating, the slow, conscientious movements and techniques of tai chi and qigong can help recovery. Both Tai Chi and Qigong promote aspects of flexibility and strength.
Before starting any exercise program, we recommend that you consult with a qualified medical professional or your physician.
Do you offer discounts?
Doctor Referral – We continue to offer a Doctor Referral discount for classes with a note from your Specialist.
Veterans – Veterans with military service are welcome to attend a class at no charge (please provide proof of service). Thank you for your service.
Caretakers – Caretakers are eligible for discounts or a free class.
If you are currently experiencing financial difficulties, and would like to attend a class, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We want these therapies to be available to anyone.
Anyone can benefit from practice. The slow, methodical movements along with the breathing methods can enhance pulmonary and cardiovascular fitness, allowing more efficient breathing and fluid flow through the body.
If you are rehabilitating, the slow, conscientious movements and techniques of tai chi and qigong can help recovery. Both disciplines promote aspects of flexibility and strength.
Both tai chi and qigong practices are great ways to help a person relax, refocus, and reenergize.