Strength Flexibility Stillness
The ancient Chinese believed that true health comes when body, mind and spirit work together in harmony. Taoist Tai Chi® arts grew out of this tradition and are a path of ultimate transformation.
One of the consequences of this Taoist Training is that it is profoundly beneficial for health. Taoist Tai Chi® practice helps the mind be calm and clear yet creative and dynamic, and the spirit be light and peaceful yet grounded and resilient. Practising quietly together is a deep form of meditation that not only reduces stress, but helps us feel joyful. Physically it makes us stronger, yet supple, balanced and energetic.
Beginning Classes or Beginner Weekends are available at hundreds of locations.
Make Your Life Better
Practitioners feel that their lives get better through Taoist Tai Chi® practice. They slowly become aware of the internal universe within their bodies and more connected to the world without. They often enjoy the opportunity to be part of a community.
Here are some short videos that will give you a sense of people’s experiences.
Taoist Tai Chi® practice brings Pain Relief, Health Improvement and Spiritual Development
The meditative and physical aspects of Taoist Tai Chi® arts involve deep stretching with a full range of motion and continuous turning of the spine. They exercise the whole physiology including muscular, skeletal, nervous and circulatory systems, as well as tendons, joints, connective tissue and organs.
This whole body approach has a beneficial effect on many conditions, from Stress and sore backs to deeper health issues such as Chronic Pain, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. People with particular health challenges may want to participate through our Pain Relief through Taoist Tai Chi® arts program.
We Offer the Following Arts
Taoist Tai Chi® arts are the teachings of Master Moy Lin Shin which we continue to pass on. One of these arts is the 108 movement set. The external movements of the body are harmonized with the gentle internal movement, engaging the whole body and producing a deep feeling of relaxation. This set is introduced in all beginner classes and weekend courses and practised in all continuing classes.
Created by Taoist sage Chen Hsi-I, the Lok Hup form consists of 66 movements that are noteworthy for their graceful, spiral turning.
Hsing-I is another Chinese internal art rooted metaphorically in the five elements and the movement of 12 animals emphasizing relaxed muscles and circular movements.
The sword and sabre become extensions of the spine. Practising either set facilitates the development of spinal flexibility and much more.
While Taoist Tai Chi® practice focuses on “stillness in movement,” the emphasis of Taoist Meditation is “movement in stillness.” Meditation helps us still our minds by letting go of thoughts and attachments that cause stress and anxiety.
This two-person exercise develops strength, sensitivity, speed and spontaneity of response. Push-Hands can be used to open tight joints and to condition muscle and tendons.
Chanting is a practice that helps with balance, alignment, circulation and focus. It refreshes body, mind and spirit and is open to anyone who is interested. Chanting can be a spiritual practice for some.
“In the Taoist tradition of internal alchemy, mind and body are not split into separate independent units as in traditional Western thought. Thus, in the process of transformation, one cannot transform the mind without the body and visa versa.“