My office hours at Psychological Associates of Williamsburg are primarily on Mondays and Tuesdays with other days by appointment.
My taijiquan schedule is below:
- Saturday April 28 at 10 AM – World Taiji and Qigong Day at the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalist Church. World Taiji and Qigong day began in Kansas City in 1999 under the guidance of Bill Douglas and was begun in Williamsburg in 2000 by Bill Hansell and has occurred every year since. At 10 AM on the last Saturday of April, people gather to practice taijiquan and qigong around the world, so with each time zone beginning at 10 AM we have 24 hours of the qi practice – One World, One Breath. Weather permitting we will be outside. In the event or rain, we have space at the church indoors. To pay for the church we will ask for a small donation. The emphasis this year will be on the practice of movement. Please come join us.
- William and Mary Confucius Institute
June 4 – August 6 – Meet every Monday at 5:30 to 6:30 PM for a total of ten weeks. Location to be determined. Class will be the Beginner Yang style and will include various qigong forms. Registration information will be at http://www.wm.edu/sites/confuciusinstitute/index.php. William and Mary parking information is at http://www.wm.edu/offices/auxiliary/parkingandtransportation/parking/index.php
- Classical Yoga Center in Lightfoot
March 28 – May 30 – (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. http://classicalyogacenter.org/ 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, and 24 form. Cost is $60 for the ten week group of classes payable at the first class.
- Ford’s Colony
The 40 Form Yang Style movements 1 – 10 from October 4 through December 6. Winter break is December 13 through December 27. Movements 11 – 20 from January 3 through March 14, 2018. Movements 21 through 30 from March 21 through May 23, 2018. Movements 31 through 40 from May 30 through August 1, 2018, Classes meet every Wednesday on the above dates 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 gmail.com for details.
- 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. http://www.williamsburglanding.com/join-our-community/health-club-spa
- Patriots Colony
Meets every Thursday at 2:30 PM for 45 minutes in the fitness center. We focus on Sun Style and qigong as well as balance. Open to members of Patriots Colony. No prior experience is necessary and new folks are always welcome.
- Ironbound Gym
Focus is on the Taiji for Arthritis, Beginner Sun Style and Qigong. Every Friday from 11:30 to 12:15 at Ironbound Gym
Other Classes in the Area
Bill Hansell is retiring from teaching taijiquan, but you can still learn from Bill on his YouTube Channel.
David Hamilton offers qigong classes. You can contact David at dfhamilton108 at gmail.com for information about when and where. He often teaches through the Williamsburg Learning Tree.
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!