Tai Chi Classes
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.
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.”
Tai Chi classes are currently held at Gabriel Park in Southwest Portland, at the intersection of Southwest 45th Avenue and Vermont Street near Multnomah Village. Stay tuned for more information about future classes being held at other parks around Portland.
We know finances are difficult for many at this time. Classes are currently free, with donations accepted.
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.