We will be hosting Tai Chi classes in our main greenhouse this winter. Classes start November 5th and will be every Thursday at 10 am. The first class, and only the first class, will start at 9:30 pm to allow for introductions and other things associated with new classes. Every class there after will start promptly at 10 am, there will be an optional warm up that you may attend starting at 9:45 pm.
Pricing and registration information can be found here.
The goal of the class is to improve balance, increase flexibility, and reduce stress. Wayne Jupiter will be teaching the classes. He has 15 years experience in Tai Chi, and Qigong principles. He first learned Tai Chi with Dr. Greg Mucci (25+ years of experience) of Joliet, and later studied with Fong Ha, a national and international Tai Chi master from Berkeley, CA (50+ years of experience). It is Sifu Fong Ha’s Yang style short form that we will learn in class.
A Tai Chi form itself is great exercise especially for older adults who may have some difficulty with more rigorous exercise. But it is how the student moves through the form, feeling the transfer of weight, controlling the balance, and relaxing into the postures and movements that really benefits the student. Tai Chi has been called “Meditation in Movement” and indeed, the students learn to meditate and relax into the postures. In keeping with the Chinese philosophy of Yin/Yang, we will balance out the right side Tai Chi with left side Tai chi.
Each class begins with 10 to 15 minutes of standing meditation (sitting is allowed), followed by an exercise of Tai Chi walking where the emphasis is on stepping forward and then shifting the weight forward as opposed to immediately moving the weight to the front foot. The rest of the class is dedicated to learning the Tai Form itself. Beginners start out learning the first 6 postures and the Tai Chi principles to apply to the movements. Postures are added as students learn and apply the principles of Tai Chi.
Dress attire is casual, loose comfortable clothing and flat comfortable shoes is recommended. Classes are only an hour long so students are expected to be on time. Arriving late must be avoided as it can disturb the class when students enter during meditation. Cell phones are expected to be turned off or on silent mode.
More information on Tai Chi and Wayne Jupiter is available at www.taichicultivation.com