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Fall 2019

Special Events

  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Taijiquan and Qigong for Health and Well-Being   
Thu 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – 3 sessions 10/24/2019 – 11/7/2019
School of Education, Room 1056 –  40 seats available
Qigong (energy work) is sometimes referred to as Chinese yoga. Taijiquan is a Chinese martial art that focuses on energy, posture, balance and breathing and is a form of qigong. Both are based in Chinese philosophy and medicine. We will briefly review some classical Chinese philosophers and concepts that all come together in moving meditations aimed at enhancing harmony and balance physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We will practice simple easily learned forms.  Suggested Reading: The Path by Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh.

More information and registration is at

Upcoming Classes

  • William and Mary Confucius Institute

Muriel Mengnan Feng was born in Jiaozuo, Henan Province, which is the birthplace of Chen-style Taijiquan. She has studied the Chinese martial arts since high school under the Chinese Yinyangbaguaquan master Zhang Zhiyuan. Her “major” is Yinyangbaguaquan and broadsword (as weapon).  She was also fascinated by taijiquan and has studied taijiquan at Beijing Normal University with professor Xiaohong Du and wants to popularize taijiquan and let more people share the benefits from it.
She will be teaching the Thirteen Postures (8 Gates and 5 Steps). All thirteen postures involve some movement of the feet and legs, but the final five postures involve more extensive movements of the feet and legs.  At first the focus will be the basic concepts (松 relax 沉 down,空 mind emptied, etc.) and then start the 13 postures.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:10 to 6:10
First Session Sept 17 through October 10 at $80 (W&M Faculty/Staff/Students at $40)
Second Session October 22 through November 14 at $80 (W&M Faculty/Staff/Students at $40)
Location – Tyler Hall 123 on the W&M Campus

*More Information here

*Registration here

*Information about other William and Mary Confucius Institute classes here

  • Classical Yoga Center in Lightfoot

August 21  – October 23  – (Wednesdays) from 3 to 3:55 PM – 107 Bulifants Boulevard, Suite D in the Michael Commons office park across from Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital and adjacent to Williamsburg MarketCenter. We focus on the beginner Sun style (Taiji for Arthritis which is good for pain relief and also very easy to learn), and Qigong. We also play with the 13 Form, 8 form, 9 form, 24 form, and a Chen-Sun form. Cost is $60 for the ten-week group of classes payable by check or cash at the first class.

  • Ford’s Colony

August 7  – August 28 – We will be playing with the Yang style 8 form. We also study various qigong forms.

September 4 – November 6 We will be playing with the Yang style 24 form.

Classes meet every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. The location is Community Service Building, Exercise Studio (Bay #2) at 100 Manchester, just inside the Centerville Road entrance to the community. – map at here . Open to members and nonmembers as well as nonresidents at a minimal cost. Contact Susan Deane, Treasurer, at 757-849-2404 or smcdeane at for details.

  • College of William and Mary

Schedule is being set up through the McLeod-Tyler Wellness Center and will be available through the MindBody app.

Ongoing Classes

  • Colonial Williamsburg Spa

We meet every Tuesday for an hour beginning at 3:30 PM. We will focus on Sun and Yang style taijiquan forms as well as qigong. You can find out more about the CW Spa here.

  • Williamsburg Landing Spa

We meet every Wednesday at 1:30 PM and every Friday at 10:00 AM for 45 minutes in the downstairs multi-purpose studio. We review the beginner Sun style taiji for arthritis, beginning Yang style, the Lam Diabetes form, the 13 Postures form, practice qigong, balance, and mindful walking. No prior experience is necessary and new folks are always welcome. Open to members of the Williamsburg Landing Spa.

  • Patriots Colony

Meets every Tuesday at 2:00 PM for 45 minutes in the fitness center. We focus on principles of posture, balance and breathing and include Yang, Sun, and some easy Chen style taijiquan and qigong in a flow of moving meditation. Open to members of Patriots Colony. No prior experience is necessary and new folks are always welcome.

  • Ironbound Gym

Learn the principles and practice of taijiquan and qigong as we do a 45-minute session of flowing moving meditation. Every Tuesday from 10:45 to 11:30 AM at Ironbound Gym.

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Other Classes in the Area

Bill Hansell has retired from teaching taijiquan, but you can still learn from Bill on his YouTube Channel.

David Hamilton offers qigong classes at the Williamsburg Unitarian Church at no cost. A six week class session begins on Wednesday January 9 at 10:30 to 11:30 AM in room 108-110. You can contact David at dfhamilton108 at for information.

Why Study and Practice Taijiquan and Qigong

Taijiquan is sometimes called moving meditation and the Harvard Medical School even referred to it as moving medication because of the numerous health benefits. You can read about health benefits here and here , and about its effectiveness in pain management here. Practice is geared to improving physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance. We focus on the Yang and Sun families of taijiquan. Qigong includes taiji qigong, Five Elements, Eight Pieces of Brocade, parts of Five Animal Frolics, Rooting Pine, and silk reeling. We also practice posture and breathing. Posture that brings your body into harmony with gravity can reduce pain and enhance breathing. Proper breathing can lessen stress and anxiety and enhance serenity.

I hope to see you in class soon! You can also get updates to classes by subscribing to our newsletter and by following us on Facebook, where we post extra videos and articles about taijiquan, other internal martial arts, qigong, Eastern philosophy and health.