HEALTH, WELLBEING & AWARENESS
Tai chi chuan is an ancient exercise which embodies China’s most profound concepts and principles of health and movement.
It offers true harmony between body and mind.
TAI CHI CHUAN
Tai chi movements are widely acknowledged to help calm the emotions, focus the mind, and strengthen the immune system. Practiced at a slow and even speed, tai chi promotes relaxation, straight posture, and balance. In a very real sense, tai chi helps us to stay younger as we grow older, thus making an outstanding contribution to our overall health and well-being.
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Tai Chi has been wonderful for me. Had been diagnosed with idiopathic peripheral neuropathy so had trouble with balance as well as problems with diabetes and hypertension. After a few sessions did much better with balance (I can now stand up and put trousers on and do not have to hold on to a banister on stairs and my blood pressure and type 2 diabetes are now well stabilized. Spiritually it has been a godsend in terms of developing a deeper sense of connection and oneness.
T’ai Chi camp at Whidbey Island was an extraordinary experience. As newcomers, we were welcomed with warmth and enthusiasm. There wasn’t a moment of feeling awkward. Instead, everyone seemed so happy to see us, to show us around, to help us in any way they could.
We had heard that the food was excellent, but that is such an understatement. I’m an incorrigible foodie from San Francisco who loves to cook and finds most restaurants–including pricey ones–wanting. This food was fresh, bountiful, varied, beautifully prepared and impossibly delicious. Day after day, the food exceeded our expectations.
My experience at Whidbey 2014 was both joyful and transformative. I found myself falling in love all over again with both tai chi and the remarkable senior teachers who so much embody the principles of tai chi. The quality of the teachers and the teaching was unparalleled. I learned so much in push hands, actually guiding me to be a better person, in service to my partner.
As I have long been a member of the tai chi school, but with frequent lapses, I was reminded to use tai chi in my everyday movements and interactions with others. The teaching was compassionate and light-handed, and the venue! Oh the venue at Whidbey is gorgeous and nurturing, green and voluptuous. The food is a 15 out of a possible 10. The best I have ever had at a retreat or a training, with choices for everyone.
And of course I will return in 2015. I would not miss it for anything.
Overall it was a wonderful experience. I gained some listening ability in my tai chi, some confidence in same, I remembered how true and real our connections to each other are.
The classes were good. I was impressed with the staff’s ability to hang in there and teach all day every day for two weeks. I like the more inclusive and less regimented way of doing everything, including push hands levels.
The place is stunning. The weather was stunning. The food was fabulous.
Thanks again for all you do.
Why The Tai Chi Foundation?
Our mission is to improve health, wellbeing and awareness through the practice, study and teaching of Tai Chi and Qigong by
an increasing number of people worldwide.