Tai Chi Chuan

A discipline of body and mind that generates health, clear intellect and depth of spirit. This exercise is characterized by its harmonious and effortless sequence of movements that fuse motion and meditation.

Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient form of Chinese exercise which dates back over a thousand years to the Tang Dynasty. This system of exercise has as its aim: good physical, mental, and emotional health. The system’s dynamic and slow movements, combined with relaxation, results in the development of an “intrinsic energy”, an outer balance unattainable by any other form of physical exercise.

Tai Chi, in the old days, was taught only to Emperors, scholars, and noblemen. consistent practice of Tai Chi improves circulation, facilitates joint action, stimulates the nervous system, tones the skin and gives one an alert sense of well being in body and tranquility of the mind. Joint diseases, gastric disorders, tension and mental strain are relieved. Tai Chi is pleasant, pleasurable, comfortable, and may be done without effort or strain in a small space. No special clothing is required, however Kung Fu slippers are recommended.

Tai Chi is done in slow motion, continuously through a varied sequence of movements and forms. It is a smooth flowing exercise, each movement blending into the next form without pause or break and one’s mind in complete concentration and awareness of each movement. The use of hands, shoulder, fingers, feet, legs, knees and even eyes are brought into play in a series of coordinated, specifically learned movements. Combinations of these patterns are “Golden Cock Stands on One Leg,” “Grasp Bird’s Tail,” “Fair Lady Works at Shuttles,” etc. The exercise should be done twice a day, in the early morning and before retiring.

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Tai Chi Classes at Peace

Pastor Steve Harms leads a 12-week series of Tai Chi classes on Thursday evenings in the Fall, Winter, and Spring at 7PM. Registration for the series is $200.00, payable at the time of the second class. It is recommended that participants dress in loose, comfortable clothing and Kung Fu slippers. For more information contact Steve Harms at steve@peacejourney.org.

2014 Schedule…

This 12-week series began Thursday, January 9 at 7:00 pm at Peace.  Learn to enjoy and integrate the body-mind-spirit/ martial arts/ and ‘meditation in movement’ dimensions harmoniously.