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2019 Classes - FIVE LOCATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM... For a listing of all our class locations, dates and times please go here: https://www.meetup.com/northshoretaichi/photos/ and click on the 2019 Classes.

Important Note: If you are interested in attending but it is past the 2nd or 3rd class at the start of the session: Either January - March, April - June and July, September - December, then please EMAIL US first so that we can determine if there is space for you in the class as well as whether or not DROP-INS are still permitted.

DropIns are permitted ANYTIME for the Qigong Classes. Since Tai Chi a form of exercise where you learn a set of movements, one week at a time, it if best to email the Instructor to see if you can still join in.

IN SUMMARY, here are the location options:

1) Highlands United Church - North Shore Tai Chi Spirit -

Main Tai Chi Qigong Location: 3255 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver.

Classes are on Wednesdays, early evening, and Saturday mornings. Check out the options for Newbies. Registration is on the first day you attend classes. Cash/Cheque only please.

2) Presentation House-Anne MacDonald Hall - 333 Chesterfield, North Vancouver.

Tai Chi Only, 9:30am-10:30am. To register, contact us at taichispirit@shaw.ca or by phone.

3) North Shore Neighbourhood House - 225 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver. Registration is by phone to the NSNH at 604-987-8138.

Morning Classes:

Classes are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings: 8:30am-10am. If you are new to this location you can reserve your spot in class so as to not be disappointed the class is full. Email taichispirit@shaw.ca. If you are a Newbie, there is a special 8 session set of classes for you to try it out. There are two Instructors.

Evening Classes:

North Shore Neighbourhood House Evening Classes are from 7:30pm-8:30pm. This is a Fusion class of both Tai Chi & Qigong
4) Lions Bay Community Hall - Community Hall in Lions Bay,Tuesdays from 11:15am-12:15pm. Registration is on the first day you attend classes. Cash/Cheque only please.

5) John Braithwaite Community Centre - 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver. These classes are taught by Lynne Cove. Registration is by phone or online. Phone 604-987-7529

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Please call 604-986-9276 or e: taichispirit@shaw.ca if you have any questions.

If you are wanting a Newbie/Beginner Tai Chi class it is important to try to start your classes at the beginning of a session. The first few classes will teach you "the foundation" of the tai chi movements. If you can't make it to the first or second class, it is important that you email taichispirit@shaw.ca and ask if the option to join in is still available. See all Newbie/Beginner class Options below.

If you are wanting to join in a QIGONG TAI CHI Fusion class, then DROP-INS are available anytime. You can follow along easily with what is being taught in the class. It is not essential that you memorize the movements. However, these classes fill up very fast so it is important you reserve your spot as soon as possible by registering early, if that is one of the options for that location.

Both Tai Chi & Qigong have very similar benefits to health, wellness, better balance and reduced stress. If you are not sure with what works in your schedule, don't hesitate to email us.

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Who are we?

The North Shore Tai Chi Spirit & Chinese Health Qigong is a group of people who are interested in learning and practicing tai chi and qigong.

The North Shore Tai Chi & Qigong Instructors, teaching at five locations, specialize in teaching beginners the basics.

We have many groups of people whose experience ranges from

• Brand new to tai chi & qigong (also called Newbies)

• Beginners level 2 (those who have completed at least one beginner form) and

• Intermediates (those who have completed at least one intermediate form plus at least one beginner form).

Our main interest is practicing tai chi to help us improve and/or maintain health. We hope you'll join us one day soon.

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OPTIONS FOR NEWBIES/BEGINNERS: If you need more detail or would like a complete outline of the Newbie, Beginner options please email us at taichispirit@shaw.ca . We will send you a complete list of what is available for the current sessions: Sept-Dec, Jan-March, April-July.

If you are not sure which class is right for you, or have any tai chi and qigong related questions, please email us at taichispirit@shaw.ca or phone at 604-986-9276. Leave your name and phone number and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Tai Chi in the Gymnasium at Highlands United Church

Address: 3255 Edgemont Boulevard, in Edgemont Village, North Vancouver.

In the large Highlands Church Gymnasium.

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Highlands is located at the north end of the beautiful Edgemont Village.

Two entrances to the Gym - Through the Lower Parking Lot Courtyard, located on the south side of the building shown in the picture here (left side) or in through the Highlands "Office" Door, located on the north side of the building, and down the stairs to the Gym.

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TO REGISTER: Attend about 15 - 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for the first class. Cash or Cheque only please.

QUESTIONS? Want to reserve your spot in class? Email us at taichispirit @ shaw.ca

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Tai Chi at North Shore Neighbourhood House

Address: 225 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver (Lower Lonsdale – East)

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Classes run on Thursday Qigong & Tai Chi Fusion: 7:30pm - 8:30pm...

and/or Tuesday AND Thursday morning Tai Chi... 8:30am - 10am.

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Lions Bay Community Hall. CLASSES run on Tuesdays at 11:15am

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NEW LOCATION: Presentation House, Anne MacDonald Centre

Address: 333 Chesterfield, North Vancouver. New classes are on Fridays. Tai Chi at 9:30am

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Tai Chi & Qigong at John Braithwaite Community Centre

Address: 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver (Lower Lonsdale – West).

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For more information on these classes please go to: http://www.meetup.com/northshoreqigong .

Qigong Only: Wednesdays at 9am, Fridays at 9:30am; Tai Chi Only: Wednesdays at 10:45am. These classes are all taught by Lynne Cove.

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STARTING DATES AND TIMES

please check out our January 2019 Calendar on this site

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If you are a beginner please email taichispirit@shaw.ca to confirm your interest in attending one of our meetups or it you want to join mid-session.

Fall Sessions: September – December

Winter Sessions: January – March

Spring & Summer: April – June, plus July

No classes in August

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MEETUP FEES FOR ALL GROUPS

* Fully registered student fees vary from location to location. From $6.00 - $9.00 per class. Prices for all classes coming soon. In general, drop-ins are range between $8.00 - $14.00. No drop-ins for Fast Track please. Please check back or email us at taichispirit@shaw.ca

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Why join these Tai Chi or Qigong Groups?

First and foremost, the people you meet are wonderful. We call it "The Tai Chi Friendship."

You will build long lasting bonds and cherished connections while you learn an exercise regime that is very healthful. Then, here’s a whole host of other reasons why you will want to try out Tai Chi...

It will help you:
* Gain upper and lower body strength
* Increase flexibility & balance
* Re-build muscles weakened from illness or accident
* Lose Weight
* Increase flow of Qi
* Improve memory, elevate mood, peace of mind
* Scientifically proven to enhance your health.

Tai Chi & Qigong helps:

Chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, many types of arthritis, blood pressure, osteoporosis, headaches, depression, sleep disorders, diabetes, back problems, posture.

So come join us. Meet new friends who share your goals! Drop us an email or simply drop on by.

Please check out the ABOUT page to find out more details about each of the forms we teach or practice.

Drop-in and see if either one of these groups and style of teaching suits you.

All the North Shore Tai Chi Spirit and the North Vancouver - West Vancouver Tai Chi Players are very welcoming groups...

Not sure if learning Tai Chi (taijiquan) is for you? Check out our new FAQS and see if we have answered your questions. Go here:

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HINTS FOR ATTENDING YOUR FIRST TAI CHI or Qigong MEETUP:

Pick a day and time that works for you.

If you are not pre-registering (some Meetups require it) then just Drop In.

Come early so you can watch the Meetup if it is already in session.

Feel free to come right in the gymnasium or room and have a seat. We welcome all visitors.

What should you wear? Comfortable running shoes (no flip flops or sandles) and loose clothing, like sweat pants, a t-shirt or yoga-type pants.

If you are wanting to attend Qigong, please arrive early and speak to the Instructor just before class starts. All Qigong classes are "follow-the-leader" type classes and do not require any memorization. Tai Chi does require a little extra brain-work, which is part of the reason why it is so good for the mind, body AND soul.

Don't hesitate to call 604-986-9276 and speak to one of the Instructors who can help you decide which Meetup will work best for you.

You might have some rehabilitation issues, illness-related concerns that you might want to share with us before your first Meetup. You can also email us: taichispirit@shaw.ca

These Meetups are about sharing... sharing the love of Taiji & Qigong. We hope you'll join us soon. Don't forget to browse through the rest of this website. There is a ton of information if you are at all interested in tai chi. Enjoy!

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Basics for 108 Form Tai Chi - For Newbies

Highlands United Church

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.

At Highlands: Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi - All Levels Welcome

Highlands United Church

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

At Highlands: Chen Style Sword

Highlands United Church

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.

Tai Chi Fitness & Stretching at North Shore Neighbourhood House

North Shore Neighbourhood House

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.

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