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T’ai Chi Summer Vacations!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2020 in Home Page Blog Posts, Information |

TAI CHI SUMMER RETREAT | EAST COAST June 7-14, 2020 at Smith College in Northampton, MA. RELAX • REVITALIZE • RECENTER Hawaiian Swimming Arrival and departure Accommodations Cost Click here to Register online. RELAX • REVITALIZE • RECENTER This coming June, we will meet at Smith College in the town of Northampton in western Massachusetts. To request a printable or snail mail registration form, or for more info on what you see below, please use this link to fill out our contact form with your questions, or call us at 212-502-4112. Our residential summer retreat welcomes students of all levels to a week that will help you relax, learn, and have fun. We will introduce new students to the art of tai chi chuan — meditative movements embodying strength through relaxation and balance, offering harmony between body and mind. Ongoing students have an opportunity to refine their practice in a way that’s only possible during a multi-day retreat. In addition to our study of the tai chi form, we will have opportunities to meditate, practice qi gong, and learn about the philosophy behind the art. And we will still have plenty of time for joy and laughter! More advanced tai chi players will draw from the grounding work of qi gong and form, the unifying touch of tai chi push hands (sensing hands), and the expanding awareness of tai chi sword to grow our whole-body experience of tai chi: connecting heaven and earth, letting go of our habits of thought-driven movement, and cultivating the alive awareness of the unchanging Dao. As Wolfe Lowenthal’s tai chi book, “There Are No Secrets”, reminds us, the treasures of this art are hidden in plain sight. Let’s gather this summer to enjoy each other and to reap the rewards of tai chi together! Hawaiian Swimming We are hoping to have Hawaiian Swimming offered as an optional activity at our summer retreat. This swimming technique uses the tai chi principles of timing, balance and relaxation to propel you through the water with ease and comfort. No swimming experience is required, open to all skill levels: beginning to advanced. Please stay tuned – as soon as we can, we will confirm whether or not this class will be on our schedule. Arrival and departure When you join us this spring at Smith College in western Massachusetts for a week of tai chi, plan to arrive on Sunday, June 7th between 1:00 and 5:00 PM to settle in. We’ll start with a welcome and orientation session after dinner. On Monday June 8th, the retreat begins, with classes tailored for each level, other sessions we will all attend, and optional activities during the days and evenings. We wrap...

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Some comments from our students

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Home Page Blog Posts |

“I study at the NY School of T’ai Chi Chuan. As I learn and practice more, I feel the life energy move through blocked areas, bringing me increased stability, focus and strength. My mind is clearer, my body is enlivened and I feel a deeper sense of well-being. My commitment to it is to enjoy and extend my life. …Best T’ai Chi teachers you’ll find anywhere. Try this and feel good!” — Robin Wilson “I have been taking Tai Chi for almost a year. During that time, I have experienced numerous benefits and am very happy with the results. The reason I began taking Tai Chi was to help improve my balance and deal with stress. When I began taking Tai Chi, I was no stranger to Eastern practices and had been doing yoga and meditating for years. Tai Chi struck me as beautiful to watch and it was readily apparent that to do it well required gracefulness. However, I must admit that I did not see many other physical benefits. My misconception regarding this was proved wrong almost immediately. In terms of my health, I have had arthritis in my upper back for several years and it was with this condition that I immediately experienced Tai Chi’s benefits. My shoulders began to make cracking-like noises that were immediately followed by waves of relief. As classes progress, the instructor began to introduce Chi Gong exercises. These exercises seemed more subtle than yoga poses. However, that is not to say that they were any lesseffective. The flow of motion that was required seemed to produce a state of physical soothing that was akin to what I felt after an extended meditation. In particular, my hips felt more relaxed and I noticed increased mobility in that area. I truly appreciated the benefits Tai Chi has provided and look forward to what hopefully will prove a long and fruitful endeavor.” — Thomas Flynn “I first learned T’ai Chi from the New York School of T’ai Chi Chuan and have been practicing for over ten years. T’ai Chi has had positive effects on almost every aspect of my life. Physically, T’ai Chi practice has reduced long-standing stress injuries and given me better balance and grace. But perhaps more importantly, the practice of T’ai Chi taught me lessons of patience, relaxation, and awareness that I carry into all of my interactions. I can’t thank the teachers of the school enough for introducing me to my practice and giving me such a powerful tool for all of the stresses of my life.” —...

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What is T’ai Chi Chuan?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Home Page Blog Posts |

T’ai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese system of movement for health and vitality. Its practice results in increased awareness, sensitivity, and an unexcelled art of self defense. The T’ai Chi form consists of a series of postures performed in a slow, continuous sequence. Unlike exercise which relies on muscular force and tension, the graceful movements of T’ai Chi emphasize relaxation, straightness, and true balance. The T’ai Chi form taught by the New York School of T’ai Chi Chuan, and it’s parent organization, the T’ai Chi Foundation, was refined from the Yang Family form by Master Cheng Man-Ch’ing. This form, commonly known as Yang Style Short Form, takes only 7–10 minutes to perform and is a complete physical exercise, balancing and rejuvenating both the internal organs and external musculature. No special clothing or equipment is required. It can be done in a small space and is suitable for men and women of all ages. Literally translated as “Supreme Ultimate Fist,” T’ai Chi Chuan has been called the queen of martial arts. It’s basic tenet is simple and evident in Nature— “In Softness there is Strength.” While buildings and hard trees Tumble before the typhoon Blades of grass and willows yield And remain unharmed. Normally, human beings waste most of their energy holding unnecessary tension in the body and mind. In time, the body’s youthful pliability and straightness give way to stiffness and imbalance. Circulation becomes impaired, organs deteriorate, illness and injury become frequent, the mind loses its attentiveness. For thousands of years, the principles and practice of T’ai Chi Chuan have been helping people to eliminate tension, regain their health, and experience the full potential that is the birthright of everyone. © 2017 T’ai Chi Foundation, Inc. All rights reserved. Do not reprint without written permission T’ai Chi Foundation, Inc. Please credit: Neil...

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When we practice T’ai Chi

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Home Page Blog Posts |

We would like to share this insightful post, by one of our New York T’ai Chi apprentice teachers, Deborah Swayne: When we practice T’ai Chi, one of our major goals is to relax, which is not so easy for many of us. We can achieve some success through effort: that is, through regular practice, during which our technique continues to improve. But we also want to put trying aside sometimes, to rest in our bodies and in our awareness, not worrying whether we’re getting it “right.” This blend of trying and not trying is discussed in this short book review: NY Times science section book review: A Meditation on the Art of Not...

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Info: Free Introductory Classes

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Home Page Blog Posts, Information |

To find out how T’ai Chi or Qi Gong can work for you — or to find out more about our school — try a free introductory class. For a full list of our classes and the most up-to-date schedule, including our free introductory classes, please visit our T’ai Chi Class Schedule page. We do occaisionally get behind in updating the site, so if you see anything that looks out of date, or you still have questions, please do give us a call at 212-502-4112 or send us an...

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