Beginner’s Class, Thursday, July 15, 2021
Foothills Unitarian Church, 1815 Yorktown Ave, Fort Collins, CA 80526
8:30 – 9:30 am on Church Patio. Must be vaccinated.
Donations optional; given to fund for local various charities.
Teaching neighbors in my enclosed backyard in my housing development
Tuesdays, from 9 – 10 am
I had a head injury while body surfing at Torrance Beach, California in 2010. My neurologist, a Chinese gentleman suggested I try T’ai Chi when I complained about the drugs he prescribed to me. “T’ai Chi will lessen the effects of the damage you’ve done to your eye,” he said. For the following four years, I studied the Yang style of T’ai Chi with a Master teacher in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
I retired in 2012 from the Los Angeles Unified School District and moved with my husband in 201 to Fort Collins, Colorado, to be close to our daughter and five grandchildren. I discovered the Senior Center here in Fort Collins and took a T’ai Chi Chih class with the wonderful Marie Dotts. I became accredited in 2016. The T’ai Chi Chih movements were much easier to learn than other forms of T’ai Chi and after about three months of practice, I could feel the Chi going through my body and out my fingertips. T’ai Chi Chih has helped tremendously with the tic in my left eye, and it has helped calm my “monkey mind.” In 2016 Lisa Stroyan and I began offering classes at Foothills Unitarian Church.
About T’ai Chi Chih
T’ai Chi Chih is a moving meditation that practices 19 moves and one pose. It is focused on developing circulation and balancing of the body’s Intrinsic Energy, the Vital Force, known as Chi. Justin F. Stone originated this practice and began teaching it in 1974.
Sequence of Movements
Bird Flaps Its Wing
Around the Platter
Around the Platter Variation
Daughter on the Mountaintop
Daughter in the Valley
Carry the Ball to the Side
Pulling in the Energy
Pulling Taffy – Anchor Variation
Pulling Taffy – Wrist Circles
Pulling Taffy – Perpetual Motion
Working the Pully
Light at the Top of the Head, Light at the Temple
Six Healing Sounds
HO – Hoooo (Heart) – Ho
HU – Huuu (Spleen) – Who
SZU – Tsuu (Liver) – Sue
HSU – Shuu (Lungs) – Shshsh
HSI – Shee (Three Heaters) – Shee
CHUI – Chuuee (Kidneys) – Chewee
Principles of How to Move
Flowing from the center/moving from the T’an Tien
Softness and continuity/the effort of no effort
Yinning and Yanging/shifting the weight fully on soft knees
Focusing on the soles of the feet/grounding
Feeling polarity energy and warmth between the palms of the hands
Circulaity in T’ai Chi Chih/as in nature/flows in circular patterns
Anyone can do T’ai Chi Chih standing or seated; young or old; physically fit or physically limited. Watch Justin Stone, the originator of Tai Chi Chih, or Amy Tyksinski.
Lowers blood pressure
Brings Joy to your life
The Vital Force Journal and T’ai Chi Chih Resources
Subscribe to the journal for T’ai Chi Chih teachers and students here.
Find accredited teachers offering classes and practices on Zoom here.