This format of this class is what we call a Tai Chi Qigong Fusion class. That means that students will learn and practice a Tai Chi form called Yin Yang 13 Postures during the first hour. The last 1/2 hour will be dedicated to learning a relaxing and calming Health Qigong Form.
Important note: This class has been on-going since September 2022 and only students with experience with the form may join in the January to March 2023 session. If you have learned this form in previous years, you are welcome to join in, catch up with help from videos, and join in!
All new classes will open up for Newbies in April.
What is Yin Yang 13 postures?
Yin Yang 13 postures should not to be confused with a shorter form called 13 postures. This Yin Yang form is quite different and is longer.
This form was created by Grandmaster Shou-yu Liang who used his lifetime of training and teaching to choreograph this easy-to-learn form. The form, which is excellent for all levels of students, from beginner to more advanced, includes movements from Yang, Chen, Sun and Wu style taijiquan styles.
All 4 styles of Taijiquan are considered “moving meditation” and all require focus of the mind and body, along with synchronized slow and controlled movements. There are differences between the tai chi styles. In summary, Chen Style is characterized by its sometimes slow, sometimes fast and explosive ‘fajin’ movements, while the body mechanics are based in spiraling silk-reeling movements. Yang style, the world’s most popular style, improves flexibility through its expanding and contracting bigger, more exaggerated movements that are performed slowly and gracefully. Wu Style has smaller and more compact movements compared to Yang style and it includes some “leaning”. Sun Style has higher stances and is known for its somewhat unique, swift footwork that is also gentle and flowing with circular hand movements.
While learning the Yin Yang 13 Postures flowing tai chi choreography, which includes slow and gentle movements along with soft and explosive power, students will get a glimpse into the “13 Postures”, which refers to the Eight Gates (stances, postures, energies, kinetic movements, as well as the 5 Steps (directions, footwork techniques, movements). Some of the applications will also be demonstrated. Silk-reeling will be introduced and practiced.
All students will learn or review: the basics of tai chi movements, stances and end-postures, tai chi walking, and breathing techniques. All students will enjoy a warm-up that will help loosen, stretch and strengthen the entire body. This class will provide you with a full mind-body-spirit workout.
Taking this class will help you to improve your ability to relax in motion and at the same time improve your flexibility, and concentration. Practicing this form is excellent for reducing tension and stress. Regular practice will help you with increased strength and energy, better balance and improved body awareness.
PRICING DETAILS FOR THURSDAY TAI CHI QIGONG FUSION
Returning students: $218.08 FOR 13 Classes.
1.5 hour class. In-Person Only. Option for Videos: $20.00
COMBO OPTIONS FOR ALL STUDENTS
Combo 10: Thursday Yin Yang (In-Person Only) + Tuesday Rejuvenating Qigong (On-Zoom Only): $355.50. Plus the option for Videos for Thursday’s class only: Add On: $20.00. Please note that this COMBO option is restricted to students who have experience in the Yin Yang form.
Combo 13: Thursday Tai Chi Yin Yang (In-Person Only) + Saturday The 108 Traditional Daoist Style Taijiquan (In-Person or Live On-Zoom): $352.50. Please note this is restricted to returning students who already have experience in the 108 and the Yin Yang Tai Chi form. Plus the option for Videos for Thursday’s class: Add On: $20.00, plus the 108 videos: $36.00. Please note that this COMBO option is restricted to students who have experience in the Yin Yang and the 108 form.
Thursday - Yin Yang Taiji 26 form + Health Qigong. Includes 1 hour of Tai Chi and ½ hour of Chinese Health Qigong.
Status of Class: This class has been on-going since September 2022. This class is restricted to returning students.
Type of Class: In-Person Only. No Zoom.
Location: St. Andrews, St. Stephens Presbyterian Church (SASS). Ample free parking available
Thursdays, 9:00am-10:30am. Starts January 5 - March 30, 2023. 13 classes.
Class level: All Student Levels Welcome .
A COMBO price with the Saturday 108 Tai chi form is available. The 108 is restricted to students with experience in Section 1 of the form.
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This class will emphasize the 13 Postures, also known as the Thirteen Skills, Thirteen Energies, or Entrances, which describes the essence of all taijiquan movements. The thirteen postures are:
Ward Off – Peng, Roll Back Lu, Press – Ji, Push – An, Pull Down – Tsai, Split – Lieh, Elbow Strike – Zhou or Chou, Shoulder Strike – Kao
Advancing Steps – Jin, Retreating Steps – Tui, Stepping to the Left Side – Ku, Stepping to the Right Side – Pan, Settling in the Centre – Ding
There is a shorter form called 13 postures where all movements can be performed to both the “left side and the right side.” This tai chi form is only 14 postures (or movements) long. The form we are teaching in this class is 26 postures (movements) in length and the choreography is substantially different from the shorter form.
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.
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.
We request that all Zoom Students to do their best to be on Zoom at least 5 minutes before the start of the class.
All Zoom Students must attend with their Video in the “on” position. We are required to take attendance and this must be done visually each and every class.
We prefer that all Zoom Students keep their video in the “on” position throughout the class. The Instructor needs to see how each student is performing in order to provide the most accurate instructions.
Some Zoom classes are recorded. Only students who unmute themselves (on purpose or accidentally) might be recorded.
We ask that all Tai Chi students find a way, if possible, to show their entire torso so that the Instructor can best view each student’s progress.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.