TAI CHI. QIGONG. JAZZ!
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WINTER SESSION STARTS JANUARY 6
Our Winter Session begins Monday, January 6, with 22 different courses and more than 35 classes each week, ranging from our entry level programs (Tai Chi 101 and Tai Chi for Healthy Aging and Better Balance) to traditional Wu and Yang style Forms and Qigong sets, Chinese Self-Healing Exercises, Awakening The Dragon Training, and Pushing Hands. Register early to reserve your space!  

TWO NEW CLASSES

1. THE TAI CHI WORKOUT: Awakening The Dragon
Progressing in Tai Chi requires two legs:  learning and training.  We  learn  new forms, new moves, new exercises, details and nuances of moves we've already learned, variations and applications.  In order to move forward, however, we must also  train --practice what we've learned, repeating moves and postures hundreds of times, working with equipment and partners, with sustained intention/awareness.

This class provides an hour of "Old School" Tai Chi training, a workout that will engage body and mind to deepen your skill, internal strength, and  gongfu .   You won't learn new moves, but you will "awaken the dragon"--getting stronger and better at everything you have already learned in Tai Chi.

Open to all levels beyond Tai Chi 101. Exercises will be adjusted to the right level for all ages, experience levels, and physical capacity.

Special Discount: To encourage you to add some Training to your Learning, if you are taking any other class at BTC, you may take the Tai Chi Workout for 30% off. Also, you may purchase single class and 3-class "Dragon Cards" ($20 and $45, cash and checks only), if spaces are available.

2 .  QIGONG 101 : Foundations
Qigong means "energy work" and includes a wide array of mind-body practices, including standing postures, breathing exercises, simple movements and complex sequences, meditation both in stillness and in motion.  Qigong improves health by making us calmer, more centered, and more in touch with our life-energy (Qi). 
 
This class introduces the foundations of Qigong, including Quiet Standing, Alignments, Pulsing, Integrated Whole-body Movement, and the use of Yi (intentional awareness).  These practices stand alone as wonderful health-conferring exercise, and also serve as the ideal preparation for learning any traditional Qigong methods (Dragon and Tiger, Marriage of Heaven and Earth, Five Animals) or Internal martial arts (Tai Chi, Bagua, Xing Yi, Yi Chuan).
 
Open to all levels.

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THE TAO OF PRACTICE : Saturday, 1/4/20, 11:30-12:30pm
Consciously considering how (and why!) we practice can significantly improve our practice time, and results. In this short workshop we will try some common Tai Chi practices and strategize together on how to optimize our approaches. The class will be valuable to students at all levels and serve as an excellent warm up for classes beginning this week. Bring your questions and concerns. 
 

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TEACHER TRAINING 2020 AT BTC
With the assistance of a grant from the Healthy Living Center of Excellence, this winter BTC will be holding a 20-hour Certification Training for Instructors in the TAI CHI FOR HEALTHY AGING AND BETTER BALANCE program. Following the training, Instructors will bring the 12 -week program to seniors and others at high risk of falls, at multiple community locations around the Commonwealth. A very small number of openings are still available in the training group, which will begin in Late January. For more information or to apply for the training, email Don: don.miller@brooklinetaichi.org.
DONATE TO BTC!
Did you know?
  1. BTC is a non-profit, all donations are tax-deductible.
  2. Revenues from classes do not cover our expenses: we rely on donations and grants to maintain our programs.
  3. We are committed to expanding our outreach, "bringing Tai Chi to those who need it the most"--those who cannot afford or manage to come to the school, those at high risk of falling, those in rehab and other residential facilities.
Your generous contribution--of any size--to our work and the school will be deeply appreciated. Share the good chi!


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FROM THE DIRECTOR:
Happy Holidays! Be kind. Be compassionate. Breathe deeply. Rise Up Rooted. And: Practice!
 --Don Miller, BTC Director 
 
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dedicated to movement, balance and wellness.