Strength Flexibility Stillness
The ancient Chinese believed that true health comes when body, mind and spirit work together in harmony.
Taoist Tai Chi® arts grew out of this tradition and are a way to develop a body that is strong, yet supple, balanced and energetic, a mind that is calm and clear, yet creative and dynamic, and a spirit that is light and peaceful, yet resilient.
Taoist Tai Chi® arts involve deep stretching with a full range of motion and continuous turning of the spine. They exercise the whole physiology including muscular, skeletal, and circulatory systems, as well as tendons, joints, connective tissue and organs. Rather than depending on tension and the development of hard muscle tissue, these arts develop a body that is relaxed and strong at the deepest levels. The gentle internal movements are balanced throughout the body and have a calming effect on the mind. Taoist Tai Chi® arts are truly a moving meditation.
Reduce Stress and Feel Better
Taoist Tai Chi® arts reduce stress and have a beneficial effect on many conditions, from sore backs to mental health issues.
Take a moment to watch this video for many stories of improvement to health and quality of life from people of all ages. These arts also have a profoundly beneficial effect on deeper health issues such as MS or Parkinson’s Disease or problems resulting from traumatic injury. One way for people with significant health challenges to participate is through our Health Recovery Program.
“Within a month of starting Taoist Tai Chi, I could feel the stress reduction and relaxation...and I was a trial lawyer.”
We Offer the Following Arts
Taoist Tai Chi® arts are the teachings of Master Moy Lin Shin which we continue to pass on. One of these arts is the 108 movement set. The external movements of the body are harmonized with the gentle internal movement, engaging the whole body and producing a deep feeling of relaxation. This set is introduced in all beginner classes and weekend courses and practised in all continuing classes.
Created by Taoist sage Chen Hsi-I, the Lok Hup form consists of 66 movements that are noteworthy for their graceful, spiral turning.
Hsing-I is another Chinese internal art rooted metaphorically in the five elements and the movement of 12 animals emphasizing relaxed muscles and circular movements.
The sword and sabre become extensions of the spine. Practising either set facilitates the development of spinal flexibility and much more.
While our Tai Chi focuses on “stillness in movement,” the emphasis of Taoist Meditation is “movement in stillness.” Meditation helps us still our minds by letting go of thoughts and attachments that cause stress and anxiety.
This two-person exercise develops strength, sensitivity, speed and spontaneity of response. Push-Hands can be used to open tight joints and to condition muscle and tendons.
Chanting is a practice that helps with balance, alignment, circulation and focus. It refreshes body, mind and spirit and is open to anyone who is interested. Chanting can be a spiritual practice for some.