Lesson 1: Breath & Meditative Techniques

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In this first free Tai Chi lesson, you will get to learn beginner breath and meditative techniques that will set a foundation for our Tai Chi practice. Thai Chi is a form of moving meditation, and the Tai Chi practitioner cultivates a highly focused, but also relaxed and aware state of mind. Practicing these breath and meditation techniques will be the first step on this mental and physical journey. 

Lesson One

In this lesson, you will learn a warm up series that helps to get the body loosened up and ready for practice. You will also learn some breathing techniques to help you get into a deep meditative state.

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Benefits of Tai Chi

If you haven’t practiced Tai Chi before, you may be surprised at the benefits that come with regular practice! Here are a few common benefits:

  • Reduced stress levels
  • Improved mood
  • Increased energy & stamina
    Improved overall health (weight, flexibility & movement)
  • Build deeper levels of peace

Sifu Jeff has intricately created Tai Chi and Qigong lessons from his [36+] years of experience. Grow your skills and knowledge through becoming one of his students!

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“Portland Tai Chi Academy is an outstanding martial arts studio with instructors who not only care about your development as a martial artist but also about you as a person. The staff is professional, experienced, skilled, and patient. Age, skill level, and gender do not matter as classes are structured in such a way that beginners to experienced martial artists are challenged. By joining PTCA you will be pushed physically and mentally, but also well supported in your growth. I won't train anywhere else. ”
- Suzanne W.
“I've trained at Portland Tai Chi Academy with Sifu Jeff for about 10 years now. I'm still learning! At this point I am what many would consider a skilled teacher and practitioner of several of the disciplines taught at the academy. I love that I haven't even begun to tap the well of knowledge and that the training is truly a lifetime of development.”
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“I've been training here with Sifu Jeff for over 10 years now, and I'm always looking forward to my next session. Sifu's passion for martial arts seems to attract students that are serious about learning. Being surrounded by like-minded enthusiasts has allowed me to feel supported and really grow with my art.”
- William J.
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