Gentle Tai Chi - Qigong

Class Times

Tuesday 10:30 - 11:25 am
Thursday 10:30 - 11:25 am
Friday 1:00 - 1:55 pm

Class Length

55 minutes

Class Price

$12 Drop-In, $40 for 4 classes

Available live on Zoom

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Trudy Sherman

Instructor

Gentle Tai Chi, Line Dance, Kids Dance, Kids Science

Trudy started dancing when she was 6 and continued to dance all the way through college. She enjoyed doing tap, ballet, jazz, acrobatics, folk dance, and square dance.  In her adult years she attended many years of Jazzercise and Zumba classes with a few years of clogging added in for good measure.

In 1998 Trudy took her first class in tai chi with her mom. Her interest in the whole body benefits of tai chi grew as she watched the positive effects it had on reducing her mother's symptoms from post-polio syndrome. In 2013 Trudy was certified as an Easy (Gentle) Tai chi instructor.

Trudy has a technical side as well, with a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering and a Ph D in Computer Science. For over 30 years she has taught hands-on science classes and workshops to children and young teens, Her favorite topics are magnetism, electricity, static electricity, physics, matter, and computer fundamentals.

Contact

Text and reservations: 602-345-0496

About the course

Gentle Tai Chi-Qigong consists of gentle Qigong (Chee gung) stretches and Tai Chi (Tie chee) movements that help improve circulation and release stress. Gentle Tai Chi (originally called Easy Tai Chi) was developed over 15 years ago for Parkinson's patients. This form of tai chi is done standing with both feet on the floor. The moves are stationary, so it can also be done sitting. Balance aids such as the back of a chair or a walker can be used, if needed.

This class starts with 30 minutes of warm-up activities from the 4000-year-old practice of Qigong: Stretches, Breathwork, and Movements to stimulate/improve joint flexibility, circulation, posture, and relaxation.

The second half of class is the practice of stationary movements taken from the 2000-year-old practice of Tai Chi. Each movement is repeated 3-5 times to each side using either gentle forward-back or side-to-side rocking motions. These moves help improve:
- Balance
- Brain health (stimulate neural pathways)
- Stamina
- Inner Core Strength