NEW! AUTUMN OPTIONS

** SPECIAL FREE POP-UP EVENT at North Vancouver City Hall (in front of main entrance) on Saturday Sept 3rd, 9:30am. Come join us for a free 40 minute Qigong Tai Chi. EASY & FUN to follow along.  Hope to see you there **

AUTUMN CLASSES – September – December 2022

  • Classes start September 6, 7, 8, and 10th, 2022
  • We are excited to offer many new Tai Chi and Health Qigong class options starting in early September.
  • We have both Hybrid classes, offering Live-On-Zoom and In-Person. We have In-Person only and Live-On-Zoom only!
  • Space is limited for all In-Person classes so register early to secure your spot. Wearing a mask In-Person is optional.
  • We have 7 options available to NEW STUDENTS! For all newbies, September will be the time to join a Tai Chi class as many classes will be unavailable in our January – March 2023 session.
  • If you are unavailable to start a Tai Chi Class in September, and would like to start in October or November, please contact us for LATE START options.
  • Tuesday and Saturday Qigong classes are available to start anytime.
  • LONG-TIMERS with our organization will finally have the chance to repeat some of your favorite forms!
  • We are also offering a unique 8th option for those who want to join our Chen class! Check out the details below.
  • Finally, if you are not sure which class might be right for you, please email CONTACT US by email or phone!

Here is a quick summary of all the classes available for New and Returning Students.

  1. Tuesdays: Rejuvenating Health Qigong – Live-On-Zoom Only
  2. Tuesdays: Tai Chi Qigong Fusion – In-Person Only
  3. Wednesdays: 33 Form Tai Chi Fan – In-Person and Live-On-Zoom
  4. Thursdays: Yin Yang 26 Form Tai Chi – In-Person Only
  5. Thursdays: Tai Chi Qigong Fusion – In-Person Only
  6. Saturdays: The 108 Traditional Yang Style Daoist Tai Chi – In-Person and Live-On-Zoom
  7. Saturdays: Awakening Health Qigong – In-Person and Live-On-Zoom
  8. Our 8th option, joining our Chen class, is detailed below. Check it out!

CHECK OUT WHAT’S NEW FOR AUTUMN 2022

Click on the PINK link for additional information for each class. Options 1 through 7 are open to all student levels, including Newbies. 

        1. Tuesday Health Qigong
          • Anyone can join anytime. Drop-Ins are available.
          • Health Qigong is easy to follow, fun to learn, relaxing and invigorating.
          • These classes are offered Live-On-Zoom only.
          • International Students are welcome. We have people zooming in from all over the world.
        2. Tuesday Tai Chi Qigong Fusion
          • Half the class is dedicated to a warm-up and Chinese Health Qigong forms while the last half is dedicated to a Tai Chi or Qigong Form. This session it will be Taiji Yang Sheng Zhuang.
          • The sign-up for this class has a special registration form. Please email us for more details.
          • These classes are In-Person only at Lions Bay.
        3. Wednesday 33 Form Tai Chi Fan 
          • The Tai Chi Fan is a dynamic form that includes movements that resemble those uses in Yang style, Chen style, and Baquazhuang.
          • In times when weapons were banned the Fan served as a formidable alternative to swords or knives. Nowadays, the fan helps train the qi and its movements help increase body awareness and mindful moving meditation. It is an energetic form enjoyed by all ages.
          • Both men and women will enjoy learning this form and will appreciate its choreography as it combines slow and faster movements with fajin (power). The Fan form can help develop your focus, flexibility, strength, balance on one leg, body posture, and brain body connections.
          • These classes are offered Live-On-Zoom and In-Person.
        4. Thursday Yin Yang Taiji – 26 form  
          • This Taiji form is suitable to all ages as the movements can be performed slow or fast, hard or soft, depending on a person’s health and fitness.
          • It combines styles of movement from Yang, Chen, Sun and Wu.
          • In Yin-Yang Taiji Thirteen Postures, every movement is done on both left and right side for balance. Each movement has its yin and yang, soft and hard counterparts. The movements embody both explicit and hidden power as well as soft and explosive power.
          • These classes are In-Person only at St. Andrews St. Stephens Presbyterian Church in Upper Lonsdale.
        5. Thursday Tai Chi Qigong Fusion  
          • This evening class combines 1/2 hour of warm-up and Chinese Health Qigong with 1/2 hour of Tai Chi form.
          • Space is limited in this class so register early!
          • These classes are In-Person only at the North Shore Neighbourhood House in Lower Lonsdale.
        6. Saturday 108 form  
          • The 108 Traditional Yang form Tai Chi is perfect for beginners or long-timers wanting to refine their movements.
          • Most might be surprised to learn that Tai Chi is an exercise regime that is great for all ages, especially those in the 30-50 age group who are working and playing hard throughout the week. Practicing Tai Chi has proven to improve muscular strength, endurance and flexibility and reduce all the pent up stress that accumulated in the work week. The breathing techniques, meditations, and focus learned in Tai Chi really helps those with hectic lifestyles. It’s moving meditation will help you find a sense of inner peace and tranquility.
          • It is best to start Tai Chi at the beginning of a session. Drop-Ins are only permitted in the first few weeks.
          • All students will have the option to practice throughout the week with recorded videos.
          • These classes are offered Live-On-Zoom and In-Person.
        7. Saturday Health Qigong
          • Anyone can join anytime. Drop-Ins are available.
          • Health Qigong helps strengthen, stretch and is calming, all at the same time.
          • The Tuesday Qigong class is different than the Saturday Qigong class each week.
          • These classes are offered Live-On-Zoom and In-Person.
          • International Students are welcome.
        8. OPTION 8 – JOIN OUR CHEN CLASS  
          • If you want a more challenging form, physically and mentally, you might want to try Chen.
          • This class has been on-going during the Summer session but we are only at Movement 9. If you want to join this class there is an option for you to join in.
          • If you are interested in joining our Chen class, please email us before August 20th.
          • We can provide you with a fast and easy way to get caught up for the start of our classes in September. Contact Us

        VIDEO ADD-ONS

        We provide videos as an ADD-ON to students in selected classes:
                • Wednesday Chen Style
                • Wednesday Fan Form
                • Thursday Yin Yang Taiji
                • Saturday The 108
                • Saturday Qigong

                The videos are provided to help students review and practice the tai chi form(s) they are learning. In the case of the Qigong, it allows the student to practice throughout the week.
                Why practice? It is important to practice throughout the week so that you gain the full benefits of Tai Chi and Health Preserving and Enhancing Qigong.

                The best way is to sign up for the Videos at the time you fully register for your classes. If you forget to sign up for them, or realize you might want them after the first few classes, then you can do so at a later time by going to Autumn Add-Ons. You can sign on to receive the Video Add-Ons at any time. In most cases you will get the opportunity to view them for a week after which they expire.

        CLASS SIZE & COVID POLICIES

        All classes have a limit to the number of students. Please inquire for more information.
        We request that all students practice social distancing. Wearing masks is optional.

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      Refund Policies – Video Policies – In-Person Covid Policies – On-Zoom Policies – Waiver 2022

      REFUND POLICIES
      1) Requests must be submitted in writing by email and is effective the date of the email.
      2) Refunds will not be given after the 3rd class unless it is for medical reasons.
      3) If you must stop class because you have contracted Covid 19 please contact us immediately.
      4) Refunds provided will be calculated in the following manner – Classes already taken will be converted to a Drop-In Rate of $15.00/class, plus an added administration fee of $10.00. The balance will be refunded and sent to you by Interac or by mail.
      5) Please note that if locations close due to Covid restrictions then all classes will continue on Zoom.
      6) Some In-Person locations have special event days where all classes will either be On-Zoom or In-Person at an alternate location. No credit for class missed will be provided.

      VIDEO POLICIES
      Whether On-Zoom or In-Person the registered student understands that the North Shore Tai Chi Spirit & Chinese Health Qigong organization has a strict no-video-of-the-Instructor or the Assistants without express written consent. Additionally, all students agree that any videos sent to them by the Instructor are for “your eyes only” and should never be shared with any other person or posted, in full or in part, on the Internet.

      IN-PERSON COVID POLICIES (as of April 2022)
      North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit & Chinese Health Qigong wants to create a safe place for indoor tai chi and qigong group practice. Many of our classes are both In-Person and On-Zoom at the same time.

      In accordance with the Provincial Health Authority wearing a mask will be a personal choice at this time. However, we will continue to require that all In-Person students practice social distancing.

      If a shut-down to all In-Person classes is mandated by the Provincial Health Authority, then all classes will continue on Zoom. No credit will be given to students unless they do not have adequate access to the Internet.

      ON-ZOOM POLICIES

      IN-PERSON OPTIONS FOR ZOOM
      Anyone signing up for In-Person classes will always have the option to be on Zoom where that option is available at that location. Some classes do not have the Zoom option.

      Any In-Person registration means that you are guaranteed a spot in the class. When and if the need arises: if you are not feeling well , if you are out-of-town, or if you are running late; On-Zoom is an option for you.

      WAIVER FOR ALL STUDENTS
      Thank you for your registration.
      In registering for this class our Instructor assumes you have talked to your doctor before starting this health and fitness regime. If you have any medical conditions or physical concerns please participate at your own pace and also let your Instructor know by emailing taichispirit@shaw.ca.

      Agreement of Release and Waiver of Liability:
      I (referring to the student, the undersigned) voluntarily supply my contact information so that representatives of the North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit (& Chinese Health Qigong) can contact me regarding class changes, cancellations, course updates, and tuition reminders, and special event updates. Participation in tai chi & qigong classes involves exercise. Exercise can result in accidents or injuries. I assume the risk connected with participation in tai chi & qigong classes and represent that I am insufficiently good health and condition and do not suffer from any physical or mental impairment which would put me or anyone at risk of injury while receiving tai chi & qigong instruction from representatives of the North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit. I understand that North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit is a management company only. All Instructors represent themselves. I specifically agree that the North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit, the general manager, volunteers, and instructor(s) of any In-Person or Zoom classes I am participating in, and/or his associates, shall not be held liable for any claim, demand, cause of action of any kind, resulting from or related to my use of the facilities or instruction.

      I have read the above release and waiver of liability, as well as the refund policies, On-Zoom policies, In-Person policies, Covid policies, and fully understand their contents. I voluntarily agree to the terms and conditions stated above. I verify that all answers in my Registration are true.