Spring and Summer 2020
- Williamsburg Regional Library – Taijiquan and Qigong Outside at the Library
May 19 and 26, June 2 and 9 (Tuesday mornings)
9:15 to 10 AM
Harvard Medical School reports that between 60-90% of healthcare visits are related to mind-body stress-induced conditions. Qigong and taijiquan are mind-body exercises that can reduce stress, improve focus and bring about relaxation. They can improve balance – physical, psychological and emotional – and have been shown to help with pain relief, better breathing and overall improvement in health. Both are Chinese practices. Qigong is several thousand years old and translates as “energy cultivation.” Taijiquan is a martial art dating back to the 1600s. All of its movements are also qigong movements. It is an “internal” martial art that also focuses on posture, balance and breathing. No prior experience is needed. No special clothes, shoes or props are needed. You just wear flat shoes and loose-fitting clothes that you can easily move in. No cost.
- Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
2020 Annual Conference – Williamsburg Lodge. Taijiquan and Qigong for Health and Wellness. Thursday March 26 from 12:30 to 2 PM. Subject to change due to COVID 19 response. Please see the website for details. This event will now be virtual and I will not be participating.
- World Taiji and Qigong Day
We hope to once again host World Taiji and Qigong Day at the College of William and Mary Tyler-McLeod Wellness Center on April 25 at 10 AM. One World, One Breath. This event has been postponed to a tentative date of May 30 and we will not be participating.
- Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies
2020 Annual Conference – Williamsburg Woodlands Conference Center = Taijiquan and Qigong for Health and Wellness – July 19 – 22
- 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.
This semester, Mengnan will be teaching YinYang Bagua Boxing, which is an external Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and health benefits. It has been shown to improve mobility and aid circulation.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:10 to 6:10
February 11 through March 5 at $80 (W&M Faculty/Staff/Students at $40)
Classes have been canceled for now.
Location – TBD
*More Information here
*Information about other William and Mary Confucius Institute classes here
- Classical Yoga Center in Lightfoot
January 22 – March 25 – (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, 24 form, and a Chen-Sun form as well as a variety of qigong forms. Cost is $60 for the ten-week group of classes payable by check or cash at the first class. (The Center is closed at least through 3/21 due to COVID 19.)
- Ford’s Colony
February 12 – April 15- We will study the recently developed form, Eight Trigrams Five Steps. You can view the form at https://youtu.be/PITkT0DAQwc
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 757-849-2904 or smcdeane at gmail.com or Gwen Schatzman, President, at 757-564-9305 or gwenschatzman at verizon.net for details. Classes cancelled at least through April 3.
- College of William and Mary
We will be doing a class focusing on 24 Yang style and the Eight Pieces of Brocade on Mondays at the Wellness Center from 5:30 to 6:30. Start date to be determined. Free and open to the William and Mary community. We will also be doing the academic class on Finding the Way of Flow again this semester for undergraduates. (Classes suspended for the semester due to COVID 19.)
- Williamsburg Landing Spa
(Classes suspended at least until the end of March due to COVID 19.) 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
(Classes currently on hiatus.) Meets every Friday at 11:15 AM 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
(Classes are suspended until further notice.) 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. You can contact David at dfhamilton108 at gmail.com for information.
The James City County Recreation Center also has taijiquan classes. Information is here.
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.
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