By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer
One of my most popular posts is about Tai Chi and the Wii Fit. As far as I know, there are still no Tai Chi modules for the Wii Fit. I also wrote a post about schools offering Tai Chi in Chicago. But I missed one. I was recently contacted by a Tai Chi school is in Chinatown, Calm Chicago. to let me know about their classes and school. For my Chicago-based readers, thought I’d give you more info about this school so those of you that don’t yet have a teacher or place to study Tai Chi could check them out. (And I don’t get any freebies or advertising revenue to tell you about it. Just passing on the info!)
The Calm Chicago center offers three types of classes: yang 24 short form, 18-form qigong and yi jin jig. They also offer classes in meditation, sitting, standing, walking. They also have a Facebook page and wordpress blog. Find out how to get to the school here.
What does Calm Chicago Offer?
From the Calm Chicago website: Teaching and practice at Calm Chicago focuses on the simple and practical. We offer stress reduction and whole body health via taiji, meditation and qigong. Our teaching leans on a traditional pattern, passed from generation to generation, teacher to student. We emphasize learning by direct experience not from reading in a book or analyzing with the mind. Our classes allow you to : Restore the unity of your mind and body. Enter the natural peace and quiet of your own mind. Balance, strengthen and relax your whole body. Get healthy and stay healthy. Dump stress. Think more clearly. Respond more calmly. Leave feeling refreshed, invigorated and calm. We offer group classes, private lessons and corporate stress reduction programs. Steady programs of stress reduction utilizing taiji, qigong and meditation, helps keep employees happier and healthier.
Find out more about the Calm Chicago teacher, Hillary here.
Cost of the classes is $20 a class for drop-ins and $100 a month for a once a week class. (Note: There is a one time membership fee of $50 to cover liability insurance. It looks like its cheaper to drop in after that though unless you have 5 days a month to attend! More tuition info here.
Beginner classes are offered on these days and times: Saturday 3:30-4:45pm and Sunday 10-11:15 a.m. Beginner classes offer a gentle introduction to 18-form qigong, Yang 24 form taiji and meditation.
Advanced classes are offered on Sundays from 11:30am -1pm.
Calm Chicago Blog
Read about the upcoming (4-30-11) World Tai Chi Day in the their blog here.
For a great explanation of what Tai Chi Is (from the what it’s not perspective!) click here.
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