Advanced Tai Chi
December 10 @ 8:45 am - 9:45 am
An event every week that begins at 8:45 am on Tuesday, repeating indefinitely
Location: Island Senior Resources (Bayview).
At present this class is without an instructor, but if you have previous experience with Tai Chi, by following along with the more advanced students, you will be able to refine your practice.
What is “Wu style”? Dr Karine Johnson-Werner, who now only occasionally instructs this class, 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 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.
Because Dr. Johnson-Werner is not teaching at the moment, cost of class is a donation of $2.00.