New Online 8-Week Beginner Class with Master Jan
Feb 23-April 13 @ 7pm
This course is online. As such, it is not as satisfying as an in-person course, so tailor expectations to reality. However, I have discovered that I can teach and correct to a very high level online, but it is true that most people with me have been with me for a long time or at least have done some in-person classes. Personal hands-on correction is pretty important ( although, in my first 8 years, I got scarcely any, but I continued through sheer enthusiasm) but I can clarify and correct the details necessary for accurate movement. This is my first new online class since February 2019.
I go through the Form slowly, explaining in great clarity the reasoning behind the moves in tai chi, starting with the assumption that most people are only dimly aware of their bodies until it begins to break down or hurt from long-term damage. I outlines what I call Movement Principles, the archetypal moves that you need to move your body efficiently. Tai chi is not just for recreation; like all so-called play, it has a deadly serious function-to rewire your nervous system so that future moves are not putting strain through the system. We will try to make you feel and recognise the Zero Point; the position where you are balanced in all planes. From this position you begin to learn movements, via the Movement Principles, like “How To Move Your Arms From Your Body” and “Learning To Step Correctly” and so on, building up a repertoire of motion.
In order to learn these effectively and correct yourself from “falling into dysfunction”, you will learn how to feel your body and recognise when you are starting to clench and contract your body unnecessarily; clenching tension can lead to hard fascial tension, which is what distorts bodies into pathological postures.
In addition, you become aware of the endless distraction in your head, as well as your nervous system; the chattering monologue of left-hemisphere interference which can lead to mentally absent scenarios of worry and anxiety that can shorten your life through stress. Mindfulness is an over-used word these days. Too often, mind practices are undertaken with little understanding that a relaxed mind must be housed in a relaxed body, but real physical relaxation is something that many people in our modern world have little conception of. Jan will explain how this can be achieved with some body/mind scanning practices.
From the poised, balanced body which is explained in the first class and constantly revised, we start learning how to move efficiently. So the tai chi Form is taught slowly, allowing you time to absorb the new way of moving. This can then be put into practice into your daily routine. Students who do this make rapid progress and report great benefit. When the principles are hard-wired in, and the Form is learnt, we then move to detailed correction, and different ways to hold the weight and the body angles.
You then export this function to your habitual postures in daily life, preventing the relentless pull of gravity upon your spine, and working with it, to balance both sides of your body in a poised, balanced totality of easeful motion. In these cramped, repetitive days of lockdown, tai chi can assuage your physical and mental malaise.
Take a first step to integrating your body and mind. Get connected to yourself.
5th Generation Tian Family Tai Chi