February 13-15, 2016
About Tai Chi Easy™ Program
In Chinese, the phrase Tai Chi means the “balance and harmony” of natural forces within our world and ourselves. It also means “supreme ultimate,” pointing to the awesome nature of all life and our own lives within the universe. Tai Chi, both moving meditation and martial art, is a widely practiced form of the ancient Chinese self-care practices known as Qigong. Qigong means to cultivate (gong) healing life energies and resources (Qi).
Tai Chi Easy™ is a mind-body practice that combines gentle exercise and meditation to activate self-healing properties that ancient Chinese texts call the “healer within” and the “elixir of life.” Our Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training is a step-by-step program detailing how to share simple Qigong and Tai Chi in our communities, schools, faith institutions, hospitals, community centers, and social service agencies. Participants learn to lead others in simple Qigong and Tai Chi practices that improve health, enhance longevity, and promote inner peace. Anyone interested in empowerment based health care can learn to share Tai Chi Easy™ with others.
Tai Chi Easy™ program consists of 10 movements -- 5 Medical Qigong practices from The Healer Within and 5 movements from Yang Tai Chi plus a warm up and a cool down, self-applied massage, breath exercises, and meditation. Once becoming familiar with the movements and exercises, the program is designed to provide continual challenge by gently "holding" postures and being conscious of weight-shifting and limb position, including doing the movements in different sequence, such as reversing the direction of the movements.
Whether you are using these trainings as a career shift or as a personal retreat to improve your health, vitality and inner peace, this event will be a profound opportunity to immerse yourself in healing and actualize your personal mission of community service. You will renew your body, mind and spirit just as intended by those ancient Qi masters of China who gave birth to Qi cultivation so long ago.
Benefits of Tai Chi Easy™
Tai Chi Easy™ promotes health self-reliance and chronic disease self-managed care with a wide array of benefits, including:
- Balance enhancement - falls prevention
- Stress mastery
- Pain management
- Limiting drug use
- Physical activity and meditation
- Energy enhancement
- Natural sleep improvement
- Natural digestive and elimination support
- Anxiety reduction
- All categories of disease management
- Institutional and corporate productivity enhancement and absence reduction
- Recovery from addiction and PTSD
"The regular practice of Tai Chi Easy provides significant health benefits for people of all ages. Tai Chi Easy helped me to recover rapidly from my own recent heart surgery." - James Firman, President & CEO, National Council on Aging, Washington, DC
“The wellness practices of traditional Chinese medicine -- Tai Chi and Qigong -- are among the best forms of physical activity for diverse populations since they are low cost, group based, low impact and relatively easy to learn”. - The Consensus Report of the National Expert Meeting on Qi Gong and Tai Chi, National Blueprint for Physical Activity and the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
“Tai Chi Easy is perfect package of mind-body wellness skills for the health and social service agencies in my area. I am so enthusiastic to have solidified my Tai Chi and Qigong teaching skills at this level of simplified community practice.” - Valerie L. Fagan, LCSW, Complementary Therapies Facilitator, Regional Medical Center, Athens, GA