After watching the PM and the premier on the Friday November 20th Covid update, the Board discussed what we need to do in order to keep ourselves safe.
We all have to do our part in preventing this thing exploding into an unmanageable situation. Our class presents a bubble that seems safe and comfortable, but each of us in this bubble also have other bubbles that we may feel are safe.
This virus is an invisible threat; what we can see is the schematic of the red zones that are approaching us steadily.
There is no way to enforce all the rules and advisories on travel that are being proposed and, I think, we have the responsibility ourselves to help stop and reverse this Covid threat in order to be part of the bigger picture in dealing with this.
We have to come to grips with defining to ourselves what “the essentials” are to us and what the consequences of our actions are, therefore, we have elected to cancel our classes temporarily. This cancellation is effective from November 23, 2020.
We will try to stay in touch with you on a regular basis in order
to support and help each other throughout this period and,
of course, to advise you when classes will start again.
Please, stay home as much as possible.
This will not be forever.
We offer regularly scheduled classes for beginners and for those with a knowledge of tai chi. We incorporate elements of qigong and a variety of recognized styles in our exercises. Our goal is to help you maximize the inherent health benefits of tai chi. Over time you may experience a noticeable improvement in your energy level, sense of balance, and a lessening of stress levels.
We explore the ideas of Eastern Philosophy, Health Practices and Taoism (pronounced Dow-ism) to provide more information and clarity about the exercises. Learning about these concepts helps us understand why tai chi developed as it did and how it can be applied not only to class practice but also to our everyday activities.
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What is Tai Chi?
Tai chi, literally "supreme ultimate" is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands, demonstration competitions, and achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of t‘ai chi are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements.
An unhealthy or otherwise uncomfortable person may find it difficult to meditate to a state of calmness or to use tai chi as a martial art. Tai chi's health training, therefore, concentrates on relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind. For those focused on t‘ai chi's martial application, good physical fitness is an important step towards effective self-defense.
The focus and calmness cultivated by the meditative aspect of t‘ai chi is seen as necessary in maintaining optimum health (in the sense of relieving stress and maintaining homeostasis) and in application of the form as a soft style martial art.