“Poetry in Motion”
For Health, Stress Relief and Longevity
In these classes you will be learning the traditional Yang Style Long Form at your own pace. Classes include the 128 movement form, philosophy, breathing and meditation, along with push-hands and martial application of the movements. Each student receives individual instruction on movement as well as group instruction on general principles and techniques. All classes will be taught by Sifu Leon Drucker with over 35 years experience practicing Tai Chi.
Class will be held every Saturday afternoon at 11:30 am.
*Tuesday evening classes now forming*
**Weekday morning class now forming**
***Private class’s available upon request***
Saturday class is $20 per class
Private class is $65 per hour
“Poetry In Motion”
Tai Chi Chuan, a style of Chinese Martial Arts, sometimes described as “Poetry in Motion”, with its gentle, slow and non-jarring movements, produces a high degree of relaxation and a balanced unification of body and mind while stretching and toning the body’s muscles and circulating the internal healing energy, (Chi). You are left feeling alert, revitalized, yet relaxed with increased focus, harmony, and strength for your daily life.
By increasing blood and oxygen circulation throughout the body, Tai Chi improves physical conditioning, decreases fatigue and develops endurance. Practice has also been found to reduce blood pressure. As one progresses through the Tai Chi set, the heart rate increases to aerobic exercise levels while the movements promote deep relaxed breathing.
Reduces Back Pain
Natural correction of posture through the use of Tai Chi is achieved by movement promoting the proper alignment of the spine with the shoulders and pelvis. Flexibility of the joints is also fostered by slow sustained stretches. The practice of Tai Chi additionally involves use of all major skeletal muscle groups. Alternating slow stretching with full muscle contraction relieves muscle tension and improves tone. Strengthening the muscles of the lower back and abdomen is especially good for people with low back pain.
One of the major ways that Tai Chi helps the individual is its capacity to increase the local circulation of Chi, especially in the extremities. When an individual does Tai Chi sequence in a relaxed manner, the muscles around the veins, arteries, and nerves will be relaxed, allowing the Chi to distribute itself more evenly and to flow more easily in those particular areas. By improving the local circulation of Chi, less stress is put on the internal organs.
Superior Form Of Exercise
In addition to achieving local circulation, the internal organs of an individual will be exercised because of the deep breathing which the slow motion in Tai Chi sequence requires. During deep breathing, the muscles controlling the inhalation and exhalation process are required to move very low in the abdomen. This low movement exercises the internal organs in the entire abdominal region. Without deep breathing, stimulation of the organs is not possible. This is why Tai Chi is superior to many other forms of exercise which only, in most cases, violently exercises the external muscles.
Help Alleviate Disorders
Through the combined effects of local circulation and deep breathing, Tai Chi practitioners have found that the slow motion barehanded sequence can cure or help alleviate a variety of disorders. Generally, any disorder which involves the internal organs can be cured.
Arthritis and Headache Relief
Such dysfunction’s as ulcers, hernias, high blood pressure, lung disorders, heart trouble, and tuberculosis are remedied through the practice of Tai Chi. In addition, tai Chi has been found helpful in alleviating arthritis, and chronic headaches.
Studies on Aging
According to an Emery University School of Medicine study, tai Chi can help senior citizens improve their balance, strengthen their muscles, and reduce the risk of falls. After fifteen weeks of training and practicing at home, a group of older volunteers reported that Tai Chi increased their confidence and their ability to do the things they wanted to do. It also enabled them to reduce their number of falls by 47.5%. The study was part of the National Institute on Aging’s five year old project aimed at reducing injuries in older people. (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society)
In these days of high stress living, Tai Chi offers both a physical and mental outlet. The relaxed awareness, with which Tai Chi is performed, produces effects similar to Meditation.