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T'ai Chi Chih

A true T’ai Chi artist coordinates body movements into a dance, a dance that embodies the flow of life force in a spiritual way. The conscious mind is choreographer, the body is artist, and the life force is music. Hence the dance is graceful, energetic, and peaceful – a dance of spiritual life.

T.Y. Pang

Tai Chi is a relaxing series of graceful movements that has evolved from a Chinese martial art form into a non-martial series of slow, gentle non-martial exercises. The main focus is on natural physical movement, breathing and mental concentration and with regular practice you can relieve stress, get healthy and develop abundant energy.

I recommend both Chi Gong and T’ai Chi for health maintenance.

Dr. Andrew Weil

You might ask how are T’ai Chi and Chi Gong different?

Great question, and I think a simple way to remember the difference is that T’ai Chi can be thought of as just one form of Chi Gong. I’ve heard some say to think of Chi Gong as the grandfather of T’ai Chi.

Tai Chi Chih often referred to as meditation in motion is easy to learn and allows the body to deeply relax and release any stored anxiety so it can return to a balanced state of health and harmony.

This gentle form of movement can help maintain strength, flexibility and balance.

By circulating and balancing the Chi, the vital energy within us, the movements promote physical, mental and emotional health and well-being and can be done by anyone regardless of their age or physical condition.

Students notice their balance quickly improves, they reduce pain, sleep better, release excess weight and heal faster than their doctor expected after surgery.

As you start learning this practice you may wonder if anything is really happening. This is not unlike the bamboo that grows under the surface for two to five years, and suddenly grows 80-90 feet in one year!

Thank you for the flowing practice today. At the beginning you said to let the Tai Chi flow and be an observer. So, I let go and trusted and went into the deep of the river. So Beautiful! I felt carried. And, my SI joint also feels better. I got 2 healings for one practice, spirit and body! Thank you again!

G.H. ~ Anacortes, WA

T’ai Chi Chih’s flowing movements quiet your mind and relax your body. Based on the same Yin/Yang principles used in T’ai Chi Chuan, this new form was developed by Justin Stone in the 1970’s.

Pam Towne, a T’ai Chi Chih Teacher Trainer reports benefits include:

  • Relief of pain and stress
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Stronger heart, lungs and bones
  • Improved balance, circulation and stamina
  • Greater mental clarity and emotional balance

The Buddha once said, He who keeps his concentration in the soles of the feet while walking, while standing and while lying down can heal a thousand illnesses.

Justin Stone

The Harvard Health Letter refers to T’ai Chi as medication in motion.


I have been leading Chi Gong and Tai Chi Chih classes since being accredited by Justin Stone in 1987, and have taught thousands of students worldwide.

Over the years I’ve learned that students are attracted to T’ai Chi Chih for many different reasons and the four most common requests are:

  • Better Balance
  • Stress Relief
  • Increased Vitality
  • Peace of mind

If you’d like to experience more of these qualities, T’ai Chi Chih is available as Private Lessons only.  

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