Tai Chi Classes

Gary in China Doing Tai Chi

Yang Style Tai Chi

The Yang form is typically done with slow, steady movements, which help practitioners to relax and to feel the flow of energy within their bodies.

 

Chen Style Tai Chi

The ancestor of other Tai Chi systems, has a comprehensive system that contains Silk-reeling exercises, Chi Gong, and forms. It is practiced as an internal martial art or solely for its health benefits.

Not only is Tai Chi a fun activity, it has a host of benefits for your body and your mind. When highlighting the benefits of tai chi, a Harvard Medical School article states, “Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.””  The article continues, “There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.”

Some of the benefits claimed for tai chi include:

  • Better mood, with lower levels of depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Greater aerobic capacity and muscle strength
  • More energy and stamina
  • Enhanced flexibility, balance, and agility
  • Lower blood pressure and improved heart health
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Fewer falls particularly in at risk populations
  • Improved sleep

Tai Chi has been shown to improve the lives of individuals living with chronic diseases such as fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes.  It also enhances the recover from chronic heart failure and breast cancer.

Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.”

Class Location

Tai chi classes are held at Gabriel Park in Southwest Portland at the intersection of Southwest 45th Avenue and Vermont Street near Multnomah Village. Stay tuned for information about classes being held at other parks around Portland.

 

Cost

We know finances are difficult for many at this time. Tai chi classes are currently free with donations accepted.

ClubSport

Due to COVID-19, Gary is no longer teaching tai chi classes at ClubSport. However, classes are being held at Gabriel Park in Southwest Portland, which offer a safer, socially distant alternative. See above for details. 

Tai Chi Classes at Your Location

Many schools and business incorporate Tai Chi or Chi Gong classes as part of their organizational wellness programs.  Contact our offices to learn more about this program.