Scientific studies have shown that Tai Chi improves and possibly prevents chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. In fact, practicing Tai Chi regularly helps reduce stress, improve balance and coordination, strengthen immune systems, and develop body awareness and confidence. In this class, we will learn the basic principles of Tai Chi along with some basic moves and postures of Tai Chi, without having to connect one posture to another (as in the “Intro to Tai Chi” class). Therefore we will be concentrating more on relaxation, balance and coordination without having to memorize the sequence of the form. We will also be practicing “Eight Pieces of Brocade” – which is primarily designated as a form of medical qigong, meant to improve health. It consists of eight separate exercises coupled with deep breathing. Wear soft, 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”.