What we're about

Our Main Website is www.TQSpirit.com.
We are all part of a huge global network of like-minded people who love the mind-body-spirit practice of Tai Chi & Qigong.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE...WE NOW HAVE CLASSES Live on Zoom AND In Person QIGONG & TAI CHI CLASSES !!!

ALERT: We now have both In-Person and On-Zoom classes. Masks not required... wear them if you want to!

Please also check out our Meetup Calendar found here: https://www.meetup.com/northshoretaichi/events/calendar/

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All classes are held at these locations. Many are hybrid classes which are on both Zoom and In-Person at the same time.

  • Highlands United Church; IN PERSON and on ZOOM
  • Lions Bay Community Hall; IN PERSON only
  • North Shore Neighbourhood House; IN PERSON only

You can sign up for any of these classes at www.TQSpirit.com
All fees, dates, time, and other information can be found on this site.

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Important Note:
For all Qigong Only classes: You can drop in anytime to a Qigong class. Please go to our website and register for the drop-in class.
https://tqspirit.com/registration/
* For all Health & Medical Qigong classes - You can drop-in easily. Just go to our website for drop-in information and fees. Join Us Anytime!
* For all Tai chi classes: If you are interested in attending any of the tai chi classes that are open to new students, 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 available for you.

If you have never participated in a Tai Chi class, please note that learning Tai Chi is like learning a choreographed set of movements along the floor. It is a bit like dancing. We learn the basics, then we learn each of the movements, one tai chi (dance) step at a time! For this reason, it is best to try to join a class at the beginning of the session.
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Please call 604-986-9276 or e: taichispirit@shaw.ca if you have any questions.

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

  1. • Brand new to tai chi & qigong (also called Newbies)
  2. • Beginners level 2 (those who have completed at least one beginner form) and
  3. • 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/BEGINNERSIf 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. Classes are In-Person AND On-Zoom. Great options. The choice is yours!
In the large Highlands Church Gymnasium or On Zoom.

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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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St. Andrews St. Stephens Presbyterian Church
Address: 2641 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver.
In Person only location.
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Lions Bay Community Hall. CLASSES run on Tuesdays at 11:15am
Lions Bay Municipal Hall location, in the gym. In Person Only location.
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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: 6:15pm-7:15pm
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STARTING DATES AND TIMES
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
All the specific start and end dates will be on the Calendar and are frequently updated.
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FOR ALL CURRENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION, go to www.TQSpirit.com
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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:
http://www.meetup.com/northshoretaichi/files/
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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!
The North Shore Tai Chi Spirit has instituted a policy regarding membership. You are welcome to email us if you have any questions or concerns.

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Rejuvenating Qigong on Tuesdays on Zoom - Come Join Us

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Time: 9am-9:55am
Online. To find out additional details please go to www.TQSpirit.com for fees and Zoom details.

This class is suitable for newbies or long-time practitioners who want to enjoy practicing with others who belong to a wonderful community of Tai Chi & Qigong Practitioners.

Drop-Ins are available all session long. You must register online at TQSpirit.com in order to drop-in. Those wanting to drop-in on Zoom must first register and then email [masked] for the registration code at least 24 hours in advance of the class.

Health and Medical Qigong is ancient health regime that will help induce calm, relaxation, release stress, depression, grief, and anxiety. Along with eating properly, sleeping adequately, exercising, and managing stress, you can boost our immune system by practicing Qigong.

There are two options for practice with North Shore Tai Chi & Qigong. One on Tuesdays and one on Saturdays. Consider doing both. When taken together, you will find that each is different, but with a little overlap and great continuity. You will learn more, remember more and practice more of the movements you love. Qigong exercise is excellent for all levels of fitness, mind & body.

Practicing Qigong builds and circulates energy (Qi or Chi) through the body.

Qigong is an excellent addition to any walking, cardio or stretching regime that is already in place.

No need to memorize any of the movements… unless you want to. Just follow along, breathe deep and enjoy.

Enjoy practicing many different forms of Qigong with us… and here is a “short” list: Health Qigong: Baduan Jin – 8 pieces Silk & Brocade; Yi Jin Jing – Tendon-Muscle Strengthening Qigong; Liu Zi Jue – Six Healing Sounds; Wu Qin Xi – 5 Animals Qigong; Qigong on Wei Lei Mountain, 18 Movements, 5 Elements, Swimming Dragon, Balancing the Heart Qigong, Medical Qigong, Qigong to Relieve Anxiety & Stress, Breathing Exercises & Meditation, Good Posture,

NEW! Chen Style Taijiquan at Highlands or on Zoom!

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NEW SESSION STARTS APRIL 27TH, 2022
www.TQSpirit.com has all the information you need for classes suitable for new students.
Please check out this page:

Chen Style Taijiquan
Online and In-Person
Location: Highlands United Church
Time: 4:45pm-5:45pm
NEW SESSION STARTS APRIL 27TH, 2022

This class option is "not just for seniors" anymore. That is the way is has been viewed for a a long time. It is an excellent regime for young adults. Join us and try it out... you might just be surprised.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CHEN STYLE
The Chen Family-style or Chen-style Taijiquan is the oldest of the five traditional family styles of Taiji (also called ‘the parent form’). Chen-style is characterized by silk reeling, alternating fast and slow motions and bursts of power. Learning Chen style will take you on a new and different journey towards self discovery, flow, and enhancing your internal qi.

In this class we will train the body in silk-reeling, leg strength and good body posture. The combination of slow and fast movements, the softness and hardness in the well-designed routine, will ensure our body gets enough physical, mental and energetic training. Learning a Chen form can provide good cardio-exercise. Practicing will improve your flexibility, and movability, and it will help your respiratory system.

Students who have already learned Yang Style will experience a higher level of flow with Chen. You will experience “open and close”, “round and square”, “enroll and extend”, “heavy and light”, “soft and hard”, “slow and fast”, “up and down” on a different level.

North Vancouver-6pm New 48 form class - Suitable for Newbies to Intermediate

www.TQSpirit.com has all the information you need for classes suitable for new students. Check this page out: https://tqspirit.com/new-student-2022-options/

This set of classes:
Name of Class: 48 form taijiquan
Wednesdays, from January 5-March 23, 2022
Time: 6pm-6:55pm

Currently, this class is only open to students who have experience in the 48 form because it is an on-going class from Sept 2021. If you have experience in this form and would like to join this group, please contact the instructor at [masked] and request authorization to attend.

We are teaching 48 Form Tai Chi which is a lovely tai chi form with a beautiful choreography that includes Yang, Sun, Wu and Chen style movements. Newbies are welcome to join in. Long timers will enjoy the review and the extra calm and enjoyment that comes from getting back to the basics and learning each move in more depth.

Check out all the information, fees and registration options at www.TQSpirit.com

The 48 form is very popular because the movements ebb and flow between even paced, fast, slow, high and low stances, smooth or with fajin (power emission). It's fun to perform.

Many of the movements are practiced both to the left and to the right, which means the brain is getting a great workout with the rest of the body. Students will learn the footwork patterns and postures from four different styles: Yang, Chen, Wu and Sun. Students will learn rootedness, staying balanced, body posture, relaxation, qi flow, and how to perform these movements in a lively and graceful manner.

Once you have learned the whole form it takes about 10 minutes to practice. It has a beautiful choreography. It enhances and stimulates your mind, body and spirit in a holistic way.

24 form Part 1 for Newbies or Long Time Practitioners starts Jan 29th

www.TQSpirit.com has all the information you need for classes suitable for new students. Check this page out: https://tqspirit.com/new-student-2022-options/

24 form Part 1 at Highlands United Church
In-Person AND On Zoom Options

STARTS JANUARY 29TH, the 24 form PART 1 for Newbies will begin.
Students who have already learned 24 form will find it a details review of all the tai chi postures, stances and choreography.

This is the most popular beginner Yang-style form in the world of Taijiquan today. During this class we will review the basics of each of the 24 movements. Once learned the form can take anywhere from 4 minutes to 20 minutes to perform, depending on your speed. By the end of this class you will be able to join the millions of people who enjoy this lovely form.

Tai Chi is learned as a series of movements. By mastering several movements in combination you will have learned a tai chi “form” or set. The easiest forms to learn, and the best for Newbies, are the short forms which are usually comprised of 14 – 24 movements in length.

Level 2 Beginners and Intermediates benefit greatly by revisiting a form they once learned and repeating the learning process. Every class you will learn something new about your mind-body coordination, focus, and flow.

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