Chronic stress, anxiety, and unresolved trauma adversely affect our bodies. Tai Chi Easy is a self-care mind-body practice to promote good health and peace of mind through a moving meditation that rejuvenates the body. A sequence of balanced, relaxed postures is practiced while focusing on the breath and present moment awareness to calm the mind. It was developed by Dr. Roger Jahnke, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, to make the traditional practice of Tai Chi accessible and fun for all individuals, including those living with chronic health conditions that require variations. The practices are designed to prevent illness and optimize function.
Tai Chi requires minimal space so it can be practiced anyplace, anytime, regardless of age, background, gender, ability or the weather. It is believed that those who practice daily over an extended period of time ‘will gain the pliability of a child, the health of a lumberjack, and the peace of mind of a sage.’
Physical and mental health benefits from practicing daily:
- Eases high blood pressure
- Gain greater mental focus
- Improve balance
- Release tension & stress
- Assists with pain management
- Natural sleep improvement
How do I prepare for an online class?
- Students should consult with their health professional before starting any new exercise regime.
- Follow the instructions with setting up zoom account.
- Clear a safe space to practice without obstacles and distractions. Students need enough room to extend arms and move a few feet in all directions. (It is recommended to secure pets in a separate space to avoid tripping over them.)
- Arrive a few minutes early for class to set up your cell phone, lap-top or ipad so you can easily view the instructor on ‘speaker view’. (The larger screens are easier to view. Some students connect their device to the television set to view with a big screen.)
What do I wear?
No special clothing is required although it is best to wear loose, comfortable clothes for ease of movement.
Practicing with bare feet allows us to connect with the Earth and feel our energy better. However, students can wear shoes and socks If that is more comfortable for them. If socks are worn, the use of a yoga mat is recommended to avoid slipping. Soft, supportive shoes are preferred to allow freedom of movement.
Is this class for all levels?
Yes! Tai Chi Easy is an enjoyable exercise designed for all ages, backgrounds, genders, and abilities.
What if I have injuries or illness?
Tai Chi Easy can be practiced by EVERY body, including those with injuries and chronic health conditions. Students are encouraged to stay in their comfort zone. If something hurts do not do it or adjust as needed for your body. All classes can be practiced seated or standing. It is recommended to keep a supportive chair nearby if needed to practice safely. It is the students’ responsibility to honor their body and remain safe throughout all practices.
“When you leave Terri’s class, you feel refreshed, balanced and grounded. You feel honored, buoyant, wiser and stronger.”– Peggy H.