A Beginning Tai Chi Class
in the Yang Style Long Form
will start October 3, 2022
- Class is full -
As an alternative you can take the Zoom class.
Days: Monday and Thursday
Location: Unity Church, 2871 Churn Creek Rd. (located in the rear of the "Park Plaza" business park), Redding, CA 96002
New Class Starting Monday, October 3, 2022 . This class is only offered once a year. It is not an ongoing or drop-in class. You must start from the beginning. It takes approximately eight (8) months to complete the class. However, if you would like to visit and observe a class you are welcome to do that.
If you are interested in attending this class please send an email with your name and contact information to preregister or call (530) 223-2346.
This is a golden opportunity to learn China's most revered exercise for health and longevity! Tai Chi is an exercise that anyone can learn. It originated in China hundreds of years ago and is well-known for improving health and enhancing longevity. In this class you will learn the series of slow Tai Chi movements that will improve flexibility, balance, body awareness, and relieve stress. The movements are taught one at a time and explained in detail. Age or physical condition are not a factor in learning Tai Chi and no special clothing, shoes, or equipment are needed. Please come to class wearing clothes you are comfortable moving in. The one hour class emphasizes the health and meditative aspects of the art.
Introduction to Tai Chi: Section 1
This is the introductory class to Yang Style Long Form where the student learns the basic principles of Tai Chi and the 13 main movements. This class meets twice a week. Each class introduces new movements. At the end of two months you will have a sequence of movements that take approximately 5-8 minutes to complete. Learning Section 1 is comparable to learning a "short" form of Tai Chi.
Section 2 of the form introduces more advanced movements, such as turns and kicks. On completion of this section it will take approximately 20 minutes to complete the first and second sections of the Yang Style Long Form.
Section 3: This class completes the three sections of the Yang Family Long Form. More complex stepping routines are introduced. Once the entire form is learned it takes between 32-38 minutes to practice.
To register please send an email to email@example.com or call (530) 223-2346.
Note: Due to social distancing, class size is limited to 12 people. Masks are required in class.
*Net proceeds from this class are donated to the Redding Tai Chi Meditation Garden project.
You have learned the Long form now what next? The real benefit of Tai Chi becomes apparent as you make it a part of your daily routine and (hopefully) make it a life-long practice. After learning the three sections of the Yang style Long form you have several options to continue:
1). You can repeat the Beginning class. Repeating the class is beneficial and recommended if you feel you need more time to work on the form. You can repeat the Beginning class as many times as you want.
2). Move up to the Intermediate Class where non-competitive Push Hands (tui shou) will be introduced. Push Hands is a two person movement sequence that develops a practical understanding of the Tai Chi principals and helps improve your Tai Chi practice overall. Note: In the intermediate class we practice the whole Long form as a part of each class.
3). Attend the weekly practice sessions in the McConnell Arboretum and Gardens every Saturday from 8-9 am. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public.