INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL FOUNDATIONS OF TAIJIQUAN
Taijiquan (Tai Chi) as a complex healing and martial art is best practiced with an understanding of its internal and external foundations. In this workshop, we build the internal foundation with breathing and movement exercises (Qigong) and the external foundation with standing and moving exercises aimed at improving body alignment, footwork, and whole-body integration. We use the internal foundation to establish the connection between mind and qi, and the external foundation to set up a sound structure to facilitate the qi flow. We then use a short section of Chen Taijiquan Laojia Yilu (Old Frame First Routine) to practice incorporating the internal and external foundations into the form.
This workshop is suitable both as an introduction for complete beginners of Qigong and Taijiquan (regardless of style and school), and as an enhancement course for intermediate Taijiquan students who wish to infuse more substance and quality into their form.
Yan Li is a Master Instructor certified through American Chen Taiji Society, USA and Qingzhou Taiji Institute, China. She’s a faculty member at Nine Star University for Health Sciences and a Tai Chi instructor for Stanford University’s Health Improvement Program. She received her training from Master Tony Wong, 20th-generation direct lineage disciple of Chen Family Taijiquan, and Grandmasters Chen Qingzhou and Chen Xiaowang, among other influential teachers. She has been teaching Chen Style Taijiquan for the last ten years and continues to deepen and broaden her learning and practice in Taijiquan and Qigong.
Dates & Times:
Saturday, July 20 : 10am – 6pm
Sunday, July 21 : 9am – 5pm
(Each day includes a lunch break; time TBA.)
$180 for both days; $100 for one day. Cash/check/PayPal accepted.
(Participants who have not taken classes with Yan are not advised to take Sunday only.)
** If you’d like to attend but are experiencing financial difficulty, please contact Yan directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. **
For a guaranteed space at the workshop, register here by July 14.
Yan Li <email@example.com>; Mary Lang <firstname.lastname@example.org>.