I wanted to study T’ai Chi Chih from the Originator Justin Stone. In 1985 the only way to do that was to attend a Teacher Accreditation Course. I did not want to become a teacher, but I did want to learn more. So I attended the course and became accredited to teach in 1985.
Life sometimes leads us in directions we do not choose. And thus several circumstances provided me with a new path in my life, teaching T’ai Chi Chih. Years of involvement with the T’ai Chi Chih community offered me the opportunity to become a TCC Teacher Trainer in 2002. What a journey. That is the power of letting go and allowing to be led by the flow of life. Some might call it being in the cosmic rhythm. This is what the practice of TCC has done for me.
My 15 classes a week have recently slowed to three – so there is more time for me. I have two T’ai Chi Chih classes at a vibrant retirement community of 10,000 folks + in Walnut Creek and at a retirement facility in Castro Valley.
I also lead range-of-motion exercise classes in all three levels of care at the Castro Valley facility and include a mental stimulation component and a joke at the end to conclude with a laugh. These classes are so much more than just exercise. They lift spirits, affirm humanity and value; we share a bit of ourselves with each other.
I cherish the gifts I have received from the practice of T’ai Chi Chih:
—being comfortable with who I am, the good, bad, and the ugly;
—the amazing and wonderful people I have connected with through the practice;
—my health and strong immune system;
—through Justin’s influence, my curiosity to explore world religions and philosophies;
—being happy with my life.
See the main T’ai Chi Chih events page for retreats, teacher training, and other TCC events I may be hosting.