I began learning T’ai Chi Chih to help me better deal with stress as well as fibromyalgia. Before the eight week class I was taking was over, I knew I wanted to become a teacher so that I could help others learn the form and gain the benefits it brings…physically, mentally, emotionally. It was one of the best decisions of my life.
I became an accredited instructor in October 2000 and have been consistently teaching classes ever since. I see T’ai Chi Chih as a gift I’ve been given. I love sharing this gift with the students I’ve taught. I’ve been blessed to meet many wonderful people through my classes, and and know that for many, T’ai Chi Chih has enriched their lives.
I’ve taught classes in Pennsylvania through community education programs, the YMCA, at churches, and at a center for mind/body health, as well as a class at a massage school. During a period of six years when we lived in Arizona, I had the opportunity to teach an in-depth credited course at a local community college, as well as community ed classes also through that college. During the years I lived in Arizona, I also had the privilege of hosting several retreats led by Pam Towne, and meeting many serious students, some of whom went on to become accredited teachers themselves.
Teaching classes in a structured eight week 1-1/2 hour long class is my preferred method. In this way, students properly learn the important fundamentals of movement and gradually learn each of the 19 movements. I believe this also encourages students to practice at home what they learn each week in class, so that they begin to see the benefits and enjoy T’ai Chi Chih, Joy thru Movement. Currently I’m teaching those classes in the Charleston, SC area at a Del Webb active lifestyle community.
I enjoy teaching a broad age range. I’m always happy to have classes with younger students so that they too can reap the life-long benefits of the practice, so I’m always open to new teaching venues.
Our world needs T’ai Chi Chih now more than ever, not only physically to support the immune system but to help emotionally cope with all the stresses we face today I’m so glad to still be teaching, and plan to continue as long as the Lord allows.