Tai Chi Easy™ Class Introduction – Next Session Starts August 30, 2022 at MTCC in Milford, OH. Visit www.miamitwp.gov. to register.
Tai Chi Easy™, a type of meditation, involves a series of movements accompanied by deep breathing, performed in a slow, repetitive manner. Each one-hour session consists of gentle physical exercise and mental focus (6). Some squatting and turning moves will be incorporated into your routine. You will need the physical ability to stand unassisted for at least 20 minutes. Tai Chi Easy™, a combination of Tai Chi and Qigong, builds strength without much exertion and recovery time.
In general, Tai Chi (pronounced tie-chee) emphasizes balance, harmony, and stress reduction (1-5, 8, 11, 12). Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is the practice of harnessing your life energy (Qi). Both Tai Chi and Qigong are ancient Chinese exercises that promote optimal health and vitality.
Four Parts to Our Tai Chi Easy™ Classes in Milford, OH:
• Deep Breathing Practices – designed to trigger relaxation responses, increase oxygen flow, and provide energy
• Mindful Tai Chi Easy Movements – five gentle exercises (see below) that relax, flex, and stretch your body to help improve balance and coordination, increasing blood and lymph flow (7)
• Self-Applied Massage – emphasis is placed on reflex points on hands, ears, feet, neck and scalp; intended to relax your whole body (9) for progressive muscle relaxation
• Standing Meditation – focused, intentional centering of your mind on the present to calm your emotions and with Spirit (10)
Five Mindful Movements Per Set (Your Choice of Moving or Sitting):
• Harmonizing Yin and Yang (Parting the Wild Horse’s Mane)
• Brush Knee, Send Chi
• Cutting Through to Clarity (Repel the Monkey)
• Cloud Hands
• Gathering Energy from the Earth and Heavens
Clothing and Footwear:
Comfortable loose (casual wear) clothing, comfortable flat sole shoes (e.g., Moccasins or sneakers).
None. Please come ready to have some fun. Contact Miami Township Civic Center Milford OH at 513.248.3727 to register for a six-week Tai Chi Easy session taught by Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum, Practice Leader.
“When you cultivate balance and harmony within yourself, or in the world – that is Tai Chi. When you work and play with the essence and energy of life, nature and the universe for healing, clarity and inner peace – that is Qigong.” – Founder, Roger Jahnke, DOM
Question: “In Tai Chi, can you let your body become (e.g., concentrate your Chi until it becomes) supple as a newborn child’s? Emilie Conrad-Da’oud’s comment: There is no self-consciousness in the newborn child. Later on, the mind wanders into self-images, starts to think, Should I do this/ Is this movement right? and loses the immediacy of the moment. As self-consciousness develops, the muscles become less supple, less like the world. But the young child is pure fluidity. It isn’t aware of any separation, so all its movements are spontaneous and alive and whole and perfect. If an adult body becomes truly supple, though, there’s a quality to its movement that the child’s doesn’t have, a texture of experience, an added dimension of time. When we watch a seventy-year-old hand move, we feel, “Yes, that hand has lived,” All the bodies it has touched, all the weights it has lifted, all the heads it had cradled, are present in its movement. It is resonant with experience; the fingers curve with a sense of having been there. Whereas in a child’s hand, there’s a sense of just arriving. The child’s movement is pristine and innocent and delightful, but a truly supple adult movement is awesome, because all of life is included in it.”
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