Current as of May 2021
- Williamsburg Landing Spa
Fridays at 10 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.) For details contact the fitness center.
- Ironbound Gym
(Classes currently on hiatus.) Information at Ironbound Gym.
- Fords Colony
(Classes currently on hiatus.) Contact gwenschatzman at verizon.net for class information.
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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