"When you cultivate balance and harmony within yourself, or in the world - that is Tai Chi.  When you work and play with the essence of life, nature and the universe for healing, clarity and inner peace - that is Chi Kung." ~ Roger Jahnke

The ancient Chinese philosophers explained that everything we experience inward and outward is the product of two opposite principles: Yin and Yang (female and male, dark and light, receptive and creative, etc.)  One of the ways to harmonize these forces is through directed activity. The practice of Tai Chi and Chi Kung is one of the most powerful activities used to “balance the yin and yang" also referred as balancing the vital force (chi.)  

"Mariscela Alvarez is a very adept teacher and extremely helpful to beginners.  She gave us each individual attention during class and breaks, as to how to use the perfect form and movements
doing exercises and Tai Chi. By taking several classes, we learned that the slow movements
improved our balance.  Her DVD of exercise and form has helped us to perfect our movements
as we practice.  We are very grateful to Mariscela for introducing Tai Chi to us."

          Jim and Bernette F.,
                  Penryn, CA

WHAT IS TAI CHI?

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The Chinese word chi means life force or internal energy. Tai Chi, or the grand ultimate, is the way the chi expresses itself in harmony and balance.  

Tai Chi is a series of choreographed movements, practiced to balance the energy between man and nature.  Developed about 2,000 years ago in China as a martial art, Tai Chi is now practiced as a gentle exercise technique, also known as a “moving meditation.”

The principle of Tai Chi is harmony within oneself and with outer forces, accomplished by synchronizing the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of life.

HOW DO I BENEFIT BY PRACTICING TAI CHI?