Tai Chi

Qi Gong

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Find Balance and Achieve Lifelong Health with Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Tai Chi Chuan is a 1000-year-old tradition that has been passed down through generations. We teach the Yang Style Long Form.

Each of our one-hour Tai Chi classes begins with Qi Gong to cultivate and direct energy through the organs and main systems of the body.

Tai Chi students report these benefits, which have been corroborated through many scientific studies:

  • Greater relaxation and peace of mind

  • Relief from stress and anxiety

  • A clear and positive outlook on life

  • Relief from chronic pain

  • Lowering of blood pressure and blood sugar

  • Increased flexibility and balance

  • Increased focus and memory

  • Strengthening of joints and muscles

  • Speedy rehabilitation from injury and surgery

  • Continued brain development

Our Programs

The Qi Gong and Tai Chi Fundamentals program teaches a simple series of slow-motion movements that are the building blocks of focus, balance and strength. This program has a minimum attendance of two days per week.  Most students take between two to four months to complete this program.  At that time you may begin learning the Yang Style 108 Tai Chi Form. 

The Tai Chi Basic program offers training in the Yang Style Long Form. This program has a minimum attendance of two days per week. Typically students complete the first half of this form (Sections 1-3)  in 12 months. Your Shih Fu will offer new moves each week for a smooth learning progression. Set goals for lifelong health and achieve them with regular participation and practice.

The Blossoming Lotus program is an accelerated track for students who are interested in taking their practice to the next level. This program has a minimum attendance of two days per week with an optional third day. The focus is on deep refinement of the Long Form and applications of each posture. Once students master the Long Form, there is a world of Tai Chi, Xing Yi and Ba Gua forms available to learn. Your Shih Fu will set the pace and the program.

The Lotus program is available to upper-level students by invitation only. In addition to a minimum attendance at two classes per week, Lotus scholars meet weekly to enjoy guest speakers on lifelong health practices, discuss ancient and modern Taoist texts and participate in advanced training on the studio floor. There is no additional charge for most training seminars. Students meet with Shih Fu Eileen quarterly to refine their personal, professional and martial goals.

There is no limit to what motivated and dedicated students can achieve at Body Balance Academy. With the Unlimited program, students attend as many Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes as desired each week.  Private lessons can be scheduled during the week for one-on-one training with Shih Fu Eileen.

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"Tai Chi at Body Balance has been a part of my cancer journey. During recovery from surgery, I would lay in my hospital bed and breathe while imagining doing the form. This helped me relax and exercise my breath in a body forever changed. Attending Tai Chi has brought back my strength and helps to keep me strong."

— Linda Byrne, Tai Chi Student & Lotus Scholar

 
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"I had been doing Tai Chi and Qi Gong at Body Balance for almost 2 years prior to receiving my diagnosis of Stage 3 breast cancer. I attribute my stamina throughout my treatment to having previously strengthened my body by practicing Tai Chi at least 3 days a week. I have continued to participate in classes post recovery and it has helped me return to health."

— Pat Nash, Tai Chi Student & Lotus Scholar     

 
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"The practice of Tai Chi has made me a much more effective facilitator and leader in my work by teaching me to have greater trust in myself and the unfolding of group decision-making."

— Galen Ellis, MPH, Ellis Planning Associates