Our New Beginner’s Class is calling your name!

Tai Chi Revolution is starting a NEW six week beginner class on Tuesday nights. No prior experience is necessary although if you’ve done Tai Chi before and drifted away from it over time – we would be happy to have you join us.  The more the merrier!  This beginner class provides students with the opportunity to learn the basic foundations of Tai Chi practice.  You will learn foundation exercises to help focus and ground you and you’ll learn the first 17 moves of the set.  In addition, we will also be teaching the sitting set for the first 17 moves.  Learning the sitting set is an excellent way for people who have difficulty with balance or standing for longer periods of time to practice Tai Chi. Our studio is a well lit, warm open space, with a tile floor and mirrors on one wall.  There’s plenty of room to move about for both the standing and sitting sets.

Tai Chi has been proven to provide health benefits, improved balance, and mental relaxation when practiced on a regular basis.  Plus we are a really fun group to practice with!  Details of the new class are below.

DETAILS

When: Tuesday nights from November 6th through December 11th, 2018

Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm

Cost:  $50 for 6 weeks.  Payment by check or cash is due the first week of class.

Location:  Tai Chi Revolution Studio located at 2817 James Street, corner of James and North Edwards Ave in Syracuse, NY.  The studio is on the North Edwards Street side of the building, look for the Tai Chi Revolution sign in the window.  You can park in our lot or the lot across the street.

What to Wear:  Comfortable and loose clothing.  Shoes should be flat and enclose your foot with good support (think sneakers or low hiking shoes).  Bare feet, flip flops, crocs or open sandals should be avoided.

Still have questions?  You can check out our FAQ page here or send us an e-mail to TaiChiRevolutionCNY@gmail.com and someone will get back to you within a day.

 

You’re Just In Time! New Beginner Class Starting on 8/29/18.

Are you looking to try something new?  Tai Chi Revolution is starting a six week beginner class on Wednesday nights and we’d love to see you there.  No prior experience is necessary although if you’ve done Tai Chi before and drifted away from it over time – you are also welcome to join us.  Practicing Tai Chi on a regular basis has been proven to provide health benefits, improved balance, and mental relaxation.  This six week class is an excellent opportunity to learn the basic foundations of Tai Chi and the first 17 moves to start you on your Tai Chi journey.  We hope to see you at our studio next week.

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DETAILS

When: Wednesday nights from August 29 through October 3, 2018

Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm

Cost:  $50 for the 6 weeks.  Payment by check or cash is due the first week of class.

Location:  Tai Chi Revolution Studio located at 2817 James Street, corner of James and North Edwards Ave in Syracuse, NY.  The studio is on the North Edwards Street side of the building, look for the Tai Chi Revolution sign in the window.  You can park in our lot or the lot across the street.

What to Wear:  Comfortable and loose clothing.  Shoes should be flat and enclose your foot with good support (think sneakers or low hiking shoes).  Bare feet, flip flops, crocs or open sandals should be avoided.

Still have questions?  You can check out our FAQ page here or send us an e-mail to TaiChiRevolutionCNY@gmail.com and someone will get back to you within a day.

 

It’s Back! The Full 108 moves set for Beginners – Come Join Us!!

We are excited to announce that Tai Chi Revolution is going to offer the full 108 move set as a Beginner’s Class starting on April 11th, 2018

It’s been a while since we’ve offered this class but its time has come!  Our instructors will take you through the full set of 108 moves over this 12 week course.  While this is a beginners class EVERYONE is welcome! Maybe you are completely new to Tai Chi, or took a break to focus on other demands in your life, or maybe you’ve been practicing but you enjoy the community of others or supporting people who are new to Tai Chi – wherever you are at in your Tai Chi journey we look forward to you joining us.  Just remember – you do NOT need ANY prior experience with Tai Chi to participate in this class.  You will learn the fundamentals of Tai Chi and experience the meditative effects of this practice in a relaxed and friendly setting.  Regular and on-going practice of Tai Chi has been proven to provide many beneficial health effects. Our studio is an open and welcoming space and well suited to taking advantage of this experience.  Our members will be there to help support new comers and to share their experiences.

If you’ve ever wanted to see what Tai Chi is about or you drifted away and want to come back to a regular practice… this class is for you!  Details are below.  We hope to see you at the studio!

DETAILS

When: Wednesday nights from April 11th – June 27th, 2018

Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm

Cost:  $120 for the 12 weeks.  Payment by check due the first week of class.  Payment may also be made in three 4-week installments ($40/installment).

Location:  Tai Chi Revolution Studio located at 2817 James Street, corner of James and North Edwards Ave.  The studio is on the North Edwards Street side of the building, look for the Tai Chi Revolution sign in the window.  You can park in our lot or the lot across the street.

What to Wear:  Comfortable and loose clothing.  Shoes should be flat and enclose your foot with good support (think sneakers or low hiking shoes).  Bare feet, flip flops, crocs or open sandals should be avoided.

Still have questions?  You can check out our FAQ page here or send us an e-mail to TaiChiRevolutionCNY@gmail.com and someone will get back to you within a day.

 

Tai Chi Revolution’s Intensive Class

This is what you’ve been waiting for

and it’s finally here!

On SUNDAY, March 11, 2018 Tai Chi Revolution is going to host an Intensive Class for our members.  This is a FREE class for all members to attend.

The studio will open at 11:15 am and class will start at 11:30.  We will open the first hour of class with foundation and strengthening exercises then work on several Qi Gong  (“Chi Gong”) moves.  Qi Gong has been used for thousands of years in China to build energy, improve and maintain health and cultivate peace of mind.  These moves are designed for the beginner and fit in well with our Tai Chi practice.  After Qi Gong we will break for a pot luck lunch (a selection of snacks, quiche, soup, fruit salad, and desserts will be available).  After lunch we will practice our Tai Chi. Class will end at 2:00 pm.

This is an opportunity for all students to share a class and the fun of a potluck. We  encourage all the beginner students to come and see what Qi Gong is and to practice a part of the set that you may not be familiar with.
Please feel welcome to come to part or all of the intensive! We look forward to seeing everyone.

DETAILS:

When:  Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 11:30 – 2 pm
Cost:  FREE
Where: Tai Chi Revolution Studio located at 2817 James Street, corner of James and North Edwards Ave.  The studio is on the North Edwards Street side of the building, look for the Tai Chi Revolution sign in the window.  You can park in our lot or the lot across the street.

Join Us for an Open House and Learn Tai Chi!

Tai Chi Revolution was at the Wescott Street Cultural Festival today where we had the opportunity to talk about the benefits of Tai Chi and conduct a number of demonstrations of the first 17 moves of the set.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by and watched or talked to one of our members.

If you missed our booth or heard something that interested you and would like to learn more, we are holding an open house at our Studio on Sunday, October 1, 2017 and we look forward to meeting/seeing you.  We will do a few demonstrations of the first 17 where you can watch or jump right in!  No previous experience is necessary.  Light refreshments will be served.

Important information for attending the open house:

When: Sunday, October 1, 2017 (1-3 pm)

Where: Tai Chi Revolution Studio, located at 2817 James Street, corner of James and North Edwards Ave (you have to turn at the corner onto North Edwards).  The studio is on the Edwards side of the building, look for the sign in the window, and parking is free in our lot or the lot across the street.

BONUS!!! “First 17” class starting

Tai Chi Revolution’s studio is starting a new “First 17” class where you can learn the first 17 forms of the Tai Chi set in 6 weeks!  Classes will be held in the Studio on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 7:30pm. Important information for attending the First 17 classes:

When: Wednesday nights (starting October 4th) from 6 – 7:30pm

Where:  Tai Chi Revolution Studio, located at 2817 James Street, corner of James and North Edwards Ave (you have to turn at the corner onto North Edwards).  The studio is on the Edwards side of the building, look for the sign in the window, and parking is free in our lot or the lot across the street.

Cost:  $50 (cash or check)

What to wear: comfortable clothing and flat shoes that enclose your feet

Have more questions?  You can check out our FAQ page or send us an e-mail at TaiChiRevolutionCNY@gmail.com.

You Can Experience the Benefits of Tai Chi!

Tai Chi Revolution is a Syracuse, NY-based Tai Chi studio where practitioners of all levels have experienced first hand the benefits of practicing Tia Chi.  An recent article in Your Health Magazine reminds us that Tai Chi is more than just an exercise in moving meditation.  There are proven health benefits as Kym Huie, a tai chi instructor for more than 30 years, points out:

“It improves people’s balance,” Kym said. “Besides the physical balance issues, it can help with bone density issues, because we’re weight-bearing in tai chi. Tai chi also helps with deep breathing, and studies have shown that tai chi helps with fighting off dementia and strengthening cognition or the ability to think. Tai chi is very much a memory exercise, and it can help with anxiety, stress and depression.”

“…When you do tai chi long enough, in 15 to 20 minutes you can start to get a little chemical release of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals from exercise. And though we may never get rid of all of our pain if we have arthritis or a bad knee or hip, we can reduce our pain levels by deep breathing and getting this endorphin release, and it helps manage our pain.

We encourage you consider starting your own journey with Tai Chi.  It’s simple to start – just check out our calendar for dates, times, and practice locations.  We routinely hold a 6 week beginners class and on-going practice classes several times a week.  If you, a family member, or a friend has ever wondered what Tia Chi looks like, what it might be like to join a class, or want to pick up practicing again then stop by and check our group out.  No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome regardless of your experience levels.

If you would like more information, please send us an e-mail and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.  You can also learn more about us by visiting and following our Facebook page.

Tai Chi Really IS Good For You!

The science is in (again!) on the health benefits of practicing Tai Chi.  From the Harvard Gazette (April 25, 2017):

“… scientists also value it [Tai Chi] for its fundamental, physical benefits.  In addition to improving balance, flexibility, and mental agility, it also reduces falls, the largest preventable cause of death and injury among older adults.”

You can read the full article here:  http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/04/tai-chi-can-prevent-elderly-from-falls-add-mental-agility/

If you live in the Syracuse, NY area, and you’ve been interested in learning more about Tai Chi or would like to try it out, please contact us at TaiChiRevolutionCNY@gmail.com and we’d be happy to talk to you.

No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome!

 

Tai Chi Open House

Tai Chi Revolution is hosting an open house on Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 1 – 3 pm. Anyone and everyone is invited to attend regardless of your skill level. If you’ve heard of Tai Chi and wondered what it was about, or if it is a good fit for you, this is a great way to check it out. You will have the chance to try it out by joining in a short set or you can just observe if that’s more comfortable. We welcome you to stop by and say hello, ask questions, and take the opportunity to meet some new friends!  Light refreshments will be available.  If you need additional information you can e-mail us at TaiChiRevolutionCNY@gmail.com or check our FAQ page.

We are located at 2817 James Street, corner of James and North Edwards Ave, the Tai Chi Revolution studio. The studio is on the Edwards side of the building, look for the sign in the window.

We’ve recently renovated our studio too!  Hope to see you there!

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Tai Chi Revolution Interview

This is a reprint of an interview by Elliot Williams, a Syracuse University student, who stopped by Tai Chi Revolution’s studio in Eastwood to see what our organization is all about.

Members of the Tai Chi Revolution find mental peace, physical balance, and spiritual harmony.

The studio is well lit, and the open space is clearly designed for gymnastics or dance classes, even karate. However, this space is now used for a different type of movement, much slower and group-oriented. An ensemble of 12 laughs and sips hot tea, chatting about the heavy rain outside.

Eventually, all line up in orderly rows and “commence Tai Chi.” They follow the leader’s instructions – “Step up, deflect, parry, punch; Right foot kick; Strike tiger at left” – all while another instructor helps correct individual posture and movement among the rows. Everyone in the room feels a peaceful energy flowing through the studio as they move in synchronized pushes and pulls. This is the revolution.

The close-knit group of the Tai Chi Revolution of Syracuse has been together in this space, located at 2817 James Street, for just over a year, and is now looking to expand. This is the reasoning behind a new beginners class starting October 26, and an open house this Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Those interested can come to the studio and observe a two-hour class, even jump into the mix if they feel motivated, and will learn about the core movements – there are 108 in total – that create the foundation of the ancient martial art.

Raquel Romeo, a member of the group, started practicing Tai Chi two years ago when she realized she had trouble balancing.

“I did lots of exercise all my life” Romeo says. “But if you’re living in Syracuse, especially in the winter, you don’t do anything if you don’t ski – and I don’t. So I started Tai Chi, and I really enjoy it. I think my balance has improved.”

“Oh your posture is amazing,” interrupts Ellen Ford, one of the instructors, crouching over. “You used to bend over like this. Now you’re up straight. Raquel is a champion.”

Tai Chi usually appeals to an older crowd, usually people in their 60s-80s, because “it looks gentle,” Ford says.

“It is gentle. But it is also really intense and over time you gain strength, flexibility, and avoid injury. If we all did it when we were younger, we wouldn’t be having joint or back problems.” For this reason, Ford says that Tai Chi should be strongly considered by athletes of all ages and anyone who regularly does physical activity.

Tai Chi is a martial art, based in ancient Chinese philosophy. Many, however, believe in a spiritual aspect, an energy that flows through the body called Qi. According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, Tai Chi is believed to encourage the flow of this energy. Tai Chi is also said to help maintain the balance of the Yin and Yang, the two conflicting energies throughout the universe.

Ford, whose nervous system was “high-tuned” prior to joining the Tai Chi school, says the practice helped her calm down and be less of a perfectionist. “I can be in the middle of a movement and wing-it or lose my place, and that’s fine because we all do it. That’s what I love about Tai Chi – it’s a moving meditation that works on the body, mind, and spirit.”

Before organizing at this location, various members the group met in parks and other studios scattered throughout Syracuse. Now that the Revolution has its own space, D.C. Kapilla, the school’s owner, says she’s seen members of the group connect with their bodies in ways they probably haven’t since they were kids.

“Now we’re at the point where everybody moves in the same direction at the same time,” she says. “There’s a flowing grace to it that’s just magnificent.”

There truly is something magnificent in the way such a small group of individuals from different backgrounds, beliefs, and professions can meet – some, as often as four times a week – and laugh, move, and heal together. Ultimately, the group is having fun, says Marygail Perkins, who after just two years practicing Tai Chi, is now an instructor at Revolution. There is no competition, no belts, and no contract. Members pay $40 per month and can attend as many sessions as they want.

“It’s a very nice, encouraging group of people,” Perkins says. “It’s not a place where people get into major serious discussions. We’re all here to relax.”

Katrin Naumann, a yoga instructor, came to the Tai Chi Revolution to compliment another Chinese exercise she studies called Qigong.

“The underlying principles of moving energy through the body are all the same,” Naumann says. “Tai Chi is another way of tuning into the life force.” In yoga, this force is called the Prana, and the disciplines inform one another, she says.

The Eastwood studio used to belong to the Taoist Tai Chi Society, and before that, was a karate dojo. The studio has a lot of martial arts energy in it, Kapilla says, which helps make it a positive space for the group. While the Revolution hopes to grow in membership, it has no plans of moving. The members all agree. Every person who has walked through the studio’s doors and stayed has experienced some form of healing.

“It could be physical, emotional, or healing at any other level,” Kapilla says, “There is space here to do it.”

Thank you Elliot for stopping by!  If you are interested in learning more about Tai Chi please check our calendar for class dates and times.  Everyone is welcome!

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Tai Chi Walking

This post was originally posted by D.C. Kapilla on Tai Chi Revolution’s Facebook page.

Do you ever wonder what a tai chi class has to offer to you? When I first started practicing tai chi about eighteen years ago, I had no idea what I was getting into.Coordinating moving my left foot with my right arm or learning to step into my entire foot were foreign concepts. I had to allow myself to accept that proper tai chi form takes times to learn. Being part of group of practitioners who are all moving in the same direction with the same cadence is very powerful! The synergy of the group is palpable and it sets a positive tone for the day. Tai chi is a lifetime practice because it allows me to refine my form as my body continually heals, stretches, strengthens and realigns.

This short clip (https://www.facebook.com/956743971024176/videos/vb.956743971024176/1198918220140082/?type=2&theater) is an example of tai chi walking, a simple exercise that anyone may do. Ellen recently incorporated tai chi walking into our tai chi practice, and the improvement in our form was amazing! This simple movement helps to strengthen your legs and ankles, improves your balance and your ability to be present in the moment. You can find a good video that can help you start your own practice of tai chi walking at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYrUqlwE6n8.

If you are interested in Tai Chi for its health benefits, to be around a group of people with a positive happy vibe, or just because it sounds like a cool thing to do… please check out Tai Chi Revolution’s calendar of class dates, times, and locations and drop in. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level.