LATE FALL, 2023
Fall at Brookline Tai Chi promises to be great, with the continuation of our popular M-W-F Morning Practice classes, a new course of Yi Quan, and two sections of Tai Chi For Healthy Aging and Better Balance. Wu Style Tai Chi classes with Alan Dougall continue through the season. See descriptions below, visit our website, view the Late Fall Schedule, and sign up soon.
CONTINUING: 3X/WEEK MORNING PRACTICE
In China and elsewhere around the world, people gather in parks and open spaces every morning to practice Tai Chi and Qigong. Students of all levels exercise together, with individuals modifying their practices according to their ability.
BTC Morning Practice classes are appropriate for all students beyond beginners. Each session will include Standing Qigong; Shifting, Pulsing and Rooting; Walking practices; Balance work; and selected Form Moves and Qigong practices.
There will be less emphasis on learning new moves and exercises, and more on the effects of consistent practice. There will also be time each class for questions and attention to individual issues.
Pricing is lower than our normal per-class rates.
Please register early to reserve your spot! Class size will be limited to allow for personal attention.
Register for Morning Practice Class Here:
NEW THIS FALL: YIQUAN
Mondays 530-630 pm
Yi Quan is a unique internal system that combines several internal martial arts and qigong methods--Xingyi, Tai Chi, Bagua, Shaolin, and others. Not forms based, Yiquan works to develop vitality, strength and mobility through an array of deceptively simple and natural practices, including:
Zhan Zhuang (standing mediation/Qigong, in a variety of postures); Shi Li (slow, intensified movements, maintaining integrity through changes); Moca Bu (“friction stepping” for moving root, balance, and moblility); and Fa Li (release/projection of power.)
Yi Quan practice will improve your Tai Chi, Qigong, and overall mind-body integration, whatever your level of skill or experience. Expect new levels of internal energy and understanding.
Open to all levels beyond Tai Chi 101.
Register for Yi Quan here:
TAI CHI 301: ADVANCED WORK
This a class for practitioners with a minimum of five years experience in Tai Chi and other Internal Arts.
In keeping with the original methods of the Taoist arts, there is no fixed curriculum, but classes will cover such subjects as: the Eight Advanced Jings (Ting, Hua, Chansi, Ren, Fa, Nian, Jie and Kong), Deep Form work, the relation of Martial and Healing energies, wu wei (non-doing), Releasing Fear from the body-mind while maintaining awareness/mindfulness, and the like.
The class will include a great deal of individualized work to enhance each student’s specific personal path to progress.
Limited to 12 people. Admission to class is by permission of the instructor only.
Register for Tai Chi 301 Here:
TAI CHI FOR HEALTHY AGING AND BETTER BALANCE 1
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11am
Beginning with a grant from the Tufts Foundation in 2011, BTC has developed a unique program for restoring vitality and improving balance for seniors and those with balance challenges and increased risk of falls. Tai Chi For Healthy Aging And Better Balance (tm) uses Tai Chi principles of Rooting, Centering, Pulsing, and Flow to increase energy, reduce stress, and improve stability and balance.
"I had taken some bad falls. With Tai Chi it is never too late. I feel rescued and rejuvenated, able to take on the challenges of travel, raising grandkids, and my garden. It has made a difference in my competence, resilience, and general well-being. " (J.S.)
TCHABB 1 meets twice weekly for 8 weeks, specially priced at $160.
Register for TCHABB 1.0 Here:
TAICHI/QIGONG 101: FUNDAMENTALS
with Senior Instructor Allen Bourque
This course enables students to “enter the gate” of authentic Tai Chi, with a complete program of basic practices (jibengong) that are the foundation for all other Tai Chi forms, Qigong, and two-person work. Key principles of Rooting, Releasing, Pulsing, Spiraling, Alignment, and Flow are introduced through Stance and Posture work, Tai Chi Walking, Qigong and selected movements from the classical Yang Tai Chi forms. No prior experience necessary.
Register for TC/QG 101 Here:
A TASTE OF TAI CHI
Always wondered about Tai Chi, but don’t know where to start? This is a perfect introductory short program that gives individuals a chance to experience the joys and benefits of Tai Chi, without having to commit to a full 12-week course. ATOTC introduces the essential Tai Chi processes of Quiet Standing, Rooting, Pulsing, and Mindful Movement, and is appropriate for students of all ages and levels of physical ability.
Sample your first ATOTC class for free. After that, you can purchase a special Introductory 3-Class Card for only $29.
Register for A Taste Of Tai Chi Here:
TAI CHI AND THE WORLD
In turbulent and disturbing times, Tai Chi can provide an island of harmony amidst the confusion, struggle, stress, grief, and pain many of us are experiencing. An hour without noise and fear, a chance to breathe, to feel our legs and feet connecting us to the Earth, reminding us and reviving what is natural and good.
Not an escape, but a deep breath, an opportunity to restore our state of being and be empowered to face whatever lies ahead.
Stand like a tree, move like a river.
Where fear has been diminished, the spirit rises.