Each session consists of three (3), 1-hour segments – 1:00 to 2:00, 2:00 to 3:00, 3:00 to 4:00. Participants can come for any or all of the segments.
Saturday, October 20, 2018; 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, October 27, 2018; 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Lathrop Community Meeting House, 1 Shallowbrook Lane, Northampton
Tai Chi is best known in Western circles as a series of slow, flowing movements, designed to increase balance, flexibility, and relaxation through increased mind-body awareness. While this is accurate, it is also incomplete. Tai Chi originated as a very effective martial art, where practitioners gain advantage in conflict through deep practice in true relaxation and a candid assessment of our individual desires to control outcomes, rather than steer them. The self-defense system requires relaxation, profound centeredness, and a supple response to conditions around us. Application of the practice offers all participants a new lens for viewing day to day interactions and conflicts; this allows us to advance the work with less strain and resistance. The personal experience of the practice itself is rewarding to no end as well. It just feels great to move this way.
The training will be accessible to all, as we will approach it in hour-long stages:
Stage 1: Relaxation and Grounding: Looking at Traditions of Meditation and Qigong, we will practice a set of simple sitting or standing exercises designed to relax and clear out the clutter of the mind (open to all.)
Stage 2: Tai Chi as Moving Meditation: Focusing on Tai Chi as a moving meditation, we will practice a short set of movements that deepen the mind-body training by adding movement flow (open to all who can comfortably stand and step.)
Stage 3: Tai Chi as a System for Conflict Resolution: Delving into some aspects of the Taoist/martial tradition, we will practice techniques for efficiently manifesting and directing force (open to all who participated in Stage 2 and welcome partner training.) All participants will walk away from the training with a set of exercises they can practice at home.
Trainer: Jeff Rosen, CFO Solidago Foundation, and Director YMAA Western Mass School of Tai Chi Chu’an