I started practicing T’ai Chi Chih in 2006 when I saw a newspaper advertisement to meet for T’ai Chi Chih practice at the local park in Wrightwood, California. I was immediately impressed with the practice and the teacher, so continued to practice with her for several years. When my teacher moved and there was no one to share in the practice, my practice became sporadic. I practiced using Justin Stone‘s and Pam Towne‘s CDs, attended several retreats in Santa Barbara, and an intensive in Albuquerque. For many years after I retired from being an elementary school teacher, I thought I wanted to become a TCC teacher. After the intensive, I decided that teaching was not what I wanted to do.
In 2019, I became part owner of Love Roots Yoga Shala in Wrightwood. Many of the students expressed an interest in learning Tai Chi Chih. I pursued my original dream of becoming a TCC teacher and received my accreditation in Santa Barbara in November 2019. I taught my first class at the Shala starting in January 2020. Twelve students participated and completed the beginner class. Since then, I have been doing Zoom practice classes with some of those students twice a week.
I hope to start another beginner class in the fall and continue practicing with the intermediate students, probably on Zoom. I also offer virtual private lessons during this stay at home time.
I really enjoy passing on the philosophies and practice of Justin Stone’s T’ai Chi Chih to students. My favorite movements are Passing Clouds and Daughter on the Mountaintop and Daughter in the Valley. I enjoy attending retreats to work on the nuances of the movements, meeting other TCC teachers and students, and exploring the beneficial spiritual and psychological aspects of T’ai Chi Chih.
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