Tai Chi In the Park 2018
With Carl Rabke
This 12-week intro to Tai Chi, held in beautiful Lindsey Gardens at 7th Ave and N Street,
begins Monday June 4th from 6-7:15pm.
(there will be 2 extra make-up classes for those who may miss classes due to summer travel)
This introductory class will explore the rich world of Tai Chi and qi gong practice through the changing seasons in Lindsey Gardens, the lovely, quiet, public park at the top of N Street in the Avenues. A unique and rewarding approach to learning Tai Chi includes qi gong practices, Feldenkrais, Embodied Life and Bones For Life movement explorations, push hands experiments and other explorations of the Tai Chi principles.
Much more than just learning the form, our focus is on letting the qualities we explore through Tai Chi begin to influence our whole life.
The second part of each class will focus on embodying these principles through the learning and practice of a Yang style Tai Chi form. A new piece will be added on to the form each week.
According to Yang Chen Fu,
the three most important rules in Tai Chi are as follows:
In this class, we will explore how to bring that quality of embodied, relaxed, alert presence into how we move in our lives.
Some of the questions we will explore are:
How do I discover, and continually return to, a vital, nourishing, alive connection with the ground?
Can I learn to bring warmth, curiosity and friendliness to the places I hold tension?
Can I move in the world in a way that has a quality of grace, self-respect, power and integrity?
Can I maintain a connection to my own center without disconnecting from the world around me?
Can my breath be free, spontaneous, uncontrived?
Can I be less stuck in my head, and learn to inhabit my whole body?
Class will begin Monday, June 4th and will continue on Mondays from 6-7:15 pm for 12 weeks.