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4 Week Introductory
Tai Chi Class

Learn basic sequences and the benefits of tai chi

in this 4-week introductory series.

Starting Monday, March 5, 2018 7 - 8 pm

Arlington Columbia Pike Branch Library

Free to the public. Click here to register.


Open The Door To Tai-Chi for EVERYONE

Why Practice Tai Chi with Marion?

it is our objective is to open the door to Tai Chi to as many people as possible, with special focus on baby boomers, seniors, and people with special needs (including people with Parkinson’s Disease.)

We teach the “short form” of Tai Chi-- an approach that does not require prior experience in martial arts, nor meditation. Our hope is that Tai-Chi becomes one of your foundational lifestyle tools -- to optimize your health today and for many good years to come. 

We believe Power is Knowledge. Too often Tai Chi is practiced without a deeper appreciation of its potential benefits or knowledge about how to realize these benefits.  We empower our clients with knowledge about the theory behind Tai Chi as well a provide practical experience for optimal overall benefits.

You are in good hands with us because of our knowledge and approach to Tai Chi, and because of

  • Marion’s extensive experience as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Functional Aging Specialist, and Certified Parkinson’s Fitness Specialist

  • Marion’ style which combines compassion with a deep passion for results.
  • Marion’s unique teaching style will ensure that you stay engaged and always enjoy the sessions. 

What We OffeR

  • One-on-one Tai Chi Sessions for those requiring an individualized approach and beginners.

  • Small Group Tai Chi Practice Sessions for those wanting to combine individualized attention with the wonderful social benefits of a small group.

  • One-on-one or small group Tai Chi training for clients with Parkinson’s Disease

  • Corporate Wellness Programs and Other Introductory Programs to open the Door and Minds to the wonderfully unique benefits of Tai-chi  

About Tai Chi

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. Tai Chi is a martial art that utilizes gentle, flowing movements to enhance health in the body and the mind. Some call it “Moving Meditation.”

Tai Chi is one of the oldest, most researched and highly recommended exercise programs.  The Mayo Clinic Lists the following physical and mental benefits.

Physical:

  • Improved aerobic capacity;
  • Increased energy and stamina;
  • Improved flexibility, balance and agility;
  • Improved muscle strength and definition;
  • Enhanced quality of sleep;
  • Enhanced functioning of the immune system;
  • Reduction in blood pressure;
  • Reduction in joint pain;
  • Improved symptoms of congestive heart failure Reduction in the risk of falls in older adults;
  • Reduction in the risk of falls in older adults.

Mental:

  • Decreased stress, anxiety and depression;
  • Improved mood;
  • Improved overall well-being

This list is not exhaustive. Other experts, such as Dianne Bailey, add to this list:

  • Increased mental focus;
  • Improvement in working memory/executive function;
  • Social enjoyment, and interaction.

There are many additional studies attesting to improvements with chronic conditions such as such as Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, osteoarthritis, COPD and others.

Long Term Practice of Tai Chi can attenuate age decline.  We believe that when performed over longer periods of time and in its optimal form, Tai Chi can function as anti-aging medicine for body and mind, and as a fountain of youth to help us ADD LIFE to Our Years.   

Tai Chi is not a “Fat” exercise. Instead, “Tai Chi has stood the test of time, millions upon millions of people practice Tai Chi to keep themselves young in body and mind and have been doing so for thousands of years. Tai Chi unifies body, mind and energy and nurtures every part of ourselves. This unification of body, mind and energy is what gives Tai Chi its widely held reputation as an efficient health system that can help us to maintain health, and emotional and spiritual balance, amid the stresses of daily life.”

Whether one needs more movement to help with stiffness from arthritis or recovery from injuries, or whether one needs to calm anxieties, heightened reactions to stress, or high blood pressure, Tai Chi provides foundational lifestyle tools that can be practiced anywhere at any time.
— Fuyiu Yip, M.A.O.M., Dipl. O.M., L.Ac.