The Beauty & Benefits of T'ai Chi – A Student's Perspective
Given the opportunity, any of us at The Wellspring School could go on forever about how great mindful movement classes are and why we think they are so important in daily life. They are wonderful for health and an essential component of our Amma Therapy program. In the case of the latter, we require all of our students take both T’ai Chi and Qigong classes as part of the program for the benefit of their own health as well as their future role as practitioner. We are thrilled to be able to offer both T’ai Chi and Qigong classes. Click here for a copy of our March and April class schedule.
But don’t just take our word for it! We asked one of our T’ai Chi students, Stephanie Thornley, to tell us a little bit about her experience. Here’s what Stephanie had to say:
Q: When did you first start taking Tai Chi?
A: My first class was with one of The Wellspring School instructors, Yan Li, in 2011. I then started taking Michael Guida’s class in December 2012. They teach different forms but it’s been great to study with each of them.
Q: What do you like best about Tai Chi?
A: It is strengthening, it teaches disciplined body movements that apply the principles of Chinese of Medicine and results in a very relaxed state.
Q: What does Tai Chi do for you that other movement arts haven’t?
A: It helps to balance my focus and intent with my physical movement, the mind body connection.
Q: How do you think Tai Chi will ultimately make you a better (bodywork) practitioner?
A: I will be better able to channel my own Qi to more effectively treat clients and decrease the likelihood of injury to myself due to improper posture and lack of strength.
Q: Anything else?
A: I love that the movements are reflective of moving through water. That part is so relaxing.
(Featured image by lostintheredwoods on Flickr.)