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Learn about Portland Tai Chi Chuan Classes
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Skilled warriors of old were subtle, mysteriously powerful
And so deep they were unknowable.
Just because they are unknowable, I will try to describe them.
Their weariness was that of one crossing a river in winter
Their caution was that of one in fear of all around
Their gravity was that of a guest
Their relaxation was that of ice at the melting point
Simple as uncarved wood, as open as the valleys
They were inscrutable as murky water
Who can in turbidity use the gradual clarification of stillness
Who can long at rest use the gradual enlivening of movement
Those who preserve this way do not want fullness just because of not wanting fullness
It is possible to use the full and not make a new.
Tai Chi Chuan is an art that has been handed down through the centuries as a way of maintaining vitality and encouraging long life. Every style and form of Tai Chi Chuan follows the same principles. It is these principles which make the practice such a powerful form of self healing and enhancement.
Every human body lives by the same rule: Use it, or lose it.
If we don’t not work ourselves everyday through our entire range of ability then we begin to stagnate. We grow tired, stiff, and sore. Eventually this progresses to chronic pains, weakness, arthritis, & severe illness.
But there is hope. Much like flushing a stagnant pool with fresh water, movement clears and restores us.
Tai Chi is a practice that we do everyday to work the entire body. It gently but effectively takes us through our full range of ability.
If we are well, it is a way of maintaining that vitality. Stoking the fire of our health.
If we are ill, it becomes a way of healing ourselves by gradually restoring balance in the body. Movement flushes out the stagnancy of poor health.
The flowing movements you will learn in our Portland Tai Chi classes will develop your strength in every angle of action. They will develop a deeper connection to your body. Your movements will become much more graceful and efficient. Flexibility will improve. And, your balance will be deeply rooted.
The enhanced strength and movement you will develop in the first phase of your training puts the power of health in your hands. Beyond that it lays the groundwork for developing yourself further than most believe is possible. How far you take it is up to you but the first step is clear…
What can I expect in a Tai Chi class?
Each class begins with a group warm up. These are movement and breathing training forms like Qigong and/or posture retraining and strengthening with Yichuan standing meditation. One of the beauties of the practice is that you can adjust the intensity level of everything. Anywhere from seated for someone recovering their health to the most demanding physical challenge you’ve ever endured. As we teach at Northwest Internal Arts, every individuals limits or goals are respected. Each person is shown how to use the practice to accomplish what is important to them.
The second half of class is spent working on different forms (a long series of movements) of Tai Chi. The initial form we teach with the focus of cultivating health and vitality. The goal of the instruction in our classes is that each member learns their forms well enough to have a practice that they can take with them. Something they can use to maintain well-being for the rest of their lives. Beyond this, there are dozens of practices members can learn depending on their personal goals and what strengths they wish to develop. Please contact us if you have something you want to achieve and want to know if Tai Chi is the right way to go about it.
Choose a healthy & vital life.
Tai Chi Explained
Proof that Tai Chi classes can help me?
The Mayo Clinic States that Tai Chi Chuan can help with:
- Reducing anxiety and depression
- Improving balance, flexibility and muscle strength
- Reducing falls in older adults
- Improving sleep quality
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improving cardiovascular fitness in older adult
- Relieving chronic pain
- Increasing energy, endurance and agility
- Improving overall feelings of well-being
Harvard University published that Tai Chi results in:
- Increased Aerobic conditioning
- Improved Balance
- Greater Flexibility
- More Muscle strength
And can aid in recovery from:
- Sleep problems
- Parkinson’s disease
- Heart failure
- Heart disease
- Breast cancer
- Low bone density
The NCCAM reports that Tai Chi and Qigong positively effects:
- bone health
- cardiopulmonary fitness
- balance and factors associated with preventing falls, quality of life
- and self-efficacy