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We practice Tai Chi at least one time a week. There are many opportunities to do so as our teacher holds classes on Sunday mornings and also on Thursday evenings in New Haven at Mactivity Gym, on Tuesday evenings in Northford and on Wednesday evenings at a private residence. Tai chi promotes health, stretching, mindfulness and relaxation. Tai chi lowers your blood pressure and improves your flexibility leading to better health for you. I am Greg Gibson, I am the manager of the classes and I find tai chi very relaxing, and surprisingly since the moves are so graceful and slow, to be a very good work out! My knees no longer hurt, my flexibility is much better, I am definitely stronger, and best of all, my kids are enjoying a happier and less stressed out Dad. In class we constantly review the basics and build with one new move each week. There is no pressure to learn this quickly; the whole point of this is to promote positive energy and to have a calm mental state. Here is a video of the master our teacher Rich studied under for 10 years. Our teacher Rich has been studying Tai Chi for over 20 years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtHoltrsnoM It takes about 6 weeks of classes to learn the movements comprising the first 30 seconds of this video. Each week we do quite a few warm up exercises and talk about what we are doing before we practice what is called the "form" - this video shows the entire "24 form".

A Message from out Coach, Richard Dicine: There are five major recognized styles of tai chi chuan which are as follows: 1. Chen style; 2. Yang style; 3. Sun style; 4. Wu style; 5. Wu/hao style; I have studied all families of tai chi and I have won several gold metals at US competitions. At the Tuesday night class we are doing Hunyuan which means (mixture of) which I feel is closer to nature and encompasses a little bit of each. The family styles are classical and very rigid. Hunyuan is Dynamic and changes with many different body stiles. In the united states this makes better sense since we have such a rich mixture of cultures. So for big or small short or tall anyone can enjoy the benefits of Hunyuan Tai Chi. In the Thursday class we study the Yang family style. On weekend mornings, many different forms are practiced.

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Tai Chi practice

Mactivity Gym Community Space

Tai Chi Chuan/ Chi Qigung. Practice is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Class will be practicing various exercise and forms and all levels are welcome. Various forms of Tai Chi are performed and the students can follow these forms. If you do not have a membership with Mactivity, a $15 per person for a day pass at the gym is available or you can purchase a monthly membership and save money. The class is free. Along with your pass you will be able to practice Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Qigung for the two-hour session after which you may want to try out some of the other amenities such as the workout equipment, sauna, locker rooms and much more. When you first walk into the gym there is a barista area where you can purchase hot coffee, tea, or even a protein shake. Not only is the gym a great value but you'll also be able to enjoy a relaxing class. I highly recommend that you step down and give it a try. Coach Rich

Northford Adult Education Tai Chi Tuesdays

Stanley T. Williams School - North Branford Senior Center

We will meet to do basic Tai Chi exercises, discuss energy, relaxation, breathing and the beginning movements of the 24 form. Classes are $10. Text me if you'd like to go and I'll get you some directions... [203] ** 671 ** 8568 I think you can try a class or two for free, I will check with the Northford Rec Department.

Tai Chi Class, Yang Style, Thursdays in New Haven 7pm

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We will meet to do basic Tai Chi exercises, discuss energy, relaxation, breathing and the beginning movements of the 24 form. If you do not have a membership with Mactivity, a $15 per person for a day pass at the gym is available or you can purchase a monthly membership and save money. The class is free. Text me if you'd like to go for more information. [203] ** 671 ** 8568 ... Along with your pass you will be able to practice Tai Chi for the almost two-hour session and before the class you may want to try out some of the other amenities such as the workout equipment, sauna, locker rooms and much more. The gym does close at 9pm. When you first walk into the gym there is a barista area where you can purchase hot coffee, tea, or even a protein shake. Not only is the gym a great value but you'll also be able to enjoy a relaxing class. I highly recommend that you step down and give it a try.

Tai Chi practice

Mactivity Gym Community Space

Tai Chi Chuan/ Chi Qigung. Practice is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Class will be practicing various exercise and forms and all levels are welcome. Various forms of Tai Chi are performed and the students can follow these forms. If you do not have a membership with Mactivity, a $15 per person for a day pass at the gym is available or you can purchase a monthly membership and save money. The class is free. Along with your pass you will be able to practice Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Qigung for the two-hour session after which you may want to try out some of the other amenities such as the workout equipment, sauna, locker rooms and much more. When you first walk into the gym there is a barista area where you can purchase hot coffee, tea, or even a protein shake. Not only is the gym a great value but you'll also be able to enjoy a relaxing class. I highly recommend that you step down and give it a try. Coach Rich

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