Practicing Tai Chi regularly helps reduce stress, improve balance and coordination, strengthen immune systems, and develop body awareness and confidence. This class is a continuation of the “Advanced Tai Chi” class, and the students will also learn Tai chi Push-hands. However, they will continue to practice and improve the 108 moves of the Tai Chi basic form, along with deep breathing exercises in each class. Emphasis will be on practicing and doing the moves correctly and with fluidity. The Eight Pieces of Brocade Qigong will again be used as warm-up exercises before practicing the Tai Chi form. Wear loose, comfortable clothes and soft-soled shoes, such as flat sneakers. Outdoor shoes are not permitted inside the studio.
Virginia Payne has been practicing the traditional Yang style Tai Chi long form since 1990, along with its complete suite of Tai Chi Push-Hands, Sanshou, Sword, and Saber. She has been teaching Tai Chi since 2001 at the Chinese Language School in Lexington on Sundays. She has also taught Tai Chi in Boston for a research project in MGH, and at various Health/Fitness Centers, including to the students at Jonas Clark Middle School in Lexington for their 2011 musical play production “Mulan”.