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WEDNESDAY NIGHTS HIGHLANDS UNITED CHURCH classes start - April 10th – June 26th[masked]:15pm–5:45pm: 4 Tai Chi Basics Fast Track Just for Newbies + The 108 form Designed for Newbies No experience with Tai Chi? This set of classes, 4 Basics classes + 13 classes of the 108 form, is perfect for Newbies. The focus on the first 4 classes will be on posture and balance while moving slowly and deliberately in a beautifully choreographed form (a set of movements). You will learn all the basics of tai chi which includes: stances (leg positions), tai chi walking, end postures and posture alignment. The “form” classes will introduce you to the 108 Traditional Tai Chi Form. See below for more details that describe the 108. You will immediately be able to apply these “basics” to learning the 108 Traditional Tai Chi Form. It is the best way to learn… from the ground up, focusing on the basics while being surrounded by many other supportive students who have been a newbie before you. You’ll see that “you can do it” too. WEDNESDAY NIGHTS HIGHLANDS UNITED CHURCH classes start - April 10th – June 26th[masked]:45pm–5:45pm: Traditional Yang Style 108 Tai Chi Form Suitable for All Levels. Newbies Welcome with the Basics Class This session will focus on the form called the Traditional 108. The same Wednesday night class 108 class will also be taught on Saturday mornings so you have an option to practice the one form twice a week. Signing up for both is a great way to imbed all the details in your mind, feel the qi flow in your body and re-energize your spirit. Special pricing is available to join both classes. If you are a Newbie you will want to take, in addition, either the set of 4 classes at 4:15pm on Wednesday or the 11:30am Fast Track classes on Saturdays at 11:30am…or set up another time with the Instructor. Why will you want to learn the Tai Chi Long 108 Form? Read on… The Benefits of Learning the Tai Chi Long Form • The tai chi long form takes physical and mental dexterity to learn, the process of which improves as you practice, making it exceptional for those over the age of 50 and an excellent challenge for those in their 30’s & 40’s. New research shows that the extra effort has dramatic effects. • From a traditional point of view learning the 108 is partaking in something great that expands across the centuries as well as among millions of people. • It is an exceptional physical workout. It will increase your focus. Your mind can’t wander during the long form or you forget where you are. • The experience will provide for thorough stretching of all ligaments and sinews • This form has greater repetition of important movements which enhances your style and stamina • There is a growing body of science that inadvertently defends/proves why the long form is superior • The long form takes physical and mental dexterity to learn and practice. But it can also be done in a very short period of time. You’ll be taught how to do both. • Movements are repeated but sequences vary in a specific way. • Finishing the long form feels like having received a gently but intelligent massage of the entire body. • If you suffer from a racing mind or difficulty concentrating then the long form is for you. Giving something physical your full attention for 15 minutes enables one to focus throughout the day more easily.
Traditional Yang Style Chi, better known as the 108 form, will be taught from 4:45pm-5:45pm. This group class is open to all student levels, from Newbies to Intermediates. ** Special Note for Newbies or for those wanting to review the basics: There is an option to start the Fast Track Class at 4:15pm. This 45 minutes class will introduce the basics of tai chi to Newbies as well it is a good review for long-timers. ** If you are a newbie it is not necessary to take this class but it will be very helpful. Newbies to Tai Chi should read the information included on the 4:15 Wednesday time. Registration for all classes at Highlands United Church are on the first day of class. If you can't make it to the first class but would like to reserve your spot in class, please email us at [masked] with your contact details so that we can contact you with further information. Description of the 108 form The long form will teach you physical and mental dexterity. If you suffer from a racing mind or difficulty concentrating then the long form is for you. Giving something physical your full attention for 15 minutes enables one to focus throughout the day more easily. Newbies will find this form relaxing and fascinating... while more experienced tai chi-ers will learn the differences between the Traditional Form and International Competition Style (that they have already learned). For everyone it will be an in-depth study into the world of taijiquan. Look at these health benefits: Strength, Balance: fall prevention, Posture, Stamina, Breathing / Aerobic capacity (low level aerobic exercise – when doing the set for 15 minutes), Flexibility, Relaxation / stress reduction, Mindfulness Whole body exercise, Excellence for maintaining joint movement / restoring movement after joint replacement (hips and knees), Stimulation of the body’s natural processes: circulation of lymph, endocrine system, cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) movement, Strengthened immunity, Recovery from serious health conditions: heart attack, stroke, surgery, cancer treatment, etc., Management of chronic conditions like: arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s and others, adaptability to each student’s personal circumstances
Chen Style Sword will be taught on Wednesdays at Highlands United Church from 5:45pm-6:45pm. Chen-style Taiji Sword can be characterized as continuous and round movement of the sword with the whole body, quick change of attack and withdrawal, hard or soft application of forces. This class is a continuation of the classes taught from September - March 2018.
At the North Shore Neighbourhood House we have been teaching at this location over over 33 years! Come join our group where you will get the benefit of two instructors and classes that are suitable for newbies, beginners and intermediate tai chi students. Most students at this location come twice a week. One can come just once a week but you will want to check with the Instructory. This class is 1.5 hours long which allows us time for a longer warm-up of stretching and strengthening exercises. Then we have a Newbies Group that gets special attention in learning the basics of tai chi. There is also a special price for the first 8 classes. We specialize in creating an enjoyable learning experience for Newbies, providing exceptional instruction, that includes handouts and videos. If you already have some experience in tai chi there are many forms you have the possibility of learning. For fees, please email us. We look forward to hearing from you.