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Beginning Tai Chi
January 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until March 5, 2019
This class is truly for beginners who have never done it before or feel physically challenged in some way at this time. It is for anyone who wants to increase flexibility, balance, and mental clarity in a gentle, playful way. Especially good for people who feel they are overweight with tense muscles and restrictive joints. In this class the body is gently, gradually coaxed into a better feeling state of wellbeing.
Cost $40/$50 per month or punch card
Dr. Johnson-Werner is now offering a punch card option as an alternative to the monthly fees. Please feel free to use whichever method best suits your needs. The Cards are $100 for members & $110 for non-members and the ten “punches” are good for three months and for any class. Registration or card purchases are available at the front desk at the South Whidbey Center at Bayview.
Tai Chi -Wu style
What is “Wu style”? Dr. Karine Johnson-Werner, the instructor for all of the Tai Chi classes, describes the Wu style by comparing it to another popular style, the Yang style. She describes Yang as a discipline that builds physical power, as it aims to develop internal energy that is half-hard, and half-soft, (or half Yang and half Yin), from the very start. It is particularly useful for martial purposes. Hard energy can aggravate illness or injury.
In contrast, the Wu style is composed of compact motions, and compared to other Tai Chi styles, has relatively high stances. The high stances, and shorter steps, of the Wu style are better suited to Westerners, whose knees are generally not as flexible as those of most Asians, primarily because we don’t squat anymore.
The Wu style is better for healing, as it promotes the development of soft internal energy (a healing energy for both mind and body). Soft energy is especially good for spinal or joint problems. It is effective for longevity, healing injuries and internal diseases, and making a weak constitution strong. Soft energy releases stress, and is therefore ideal for people with high-pressure and/or sedentary jobs.