Keeping Centered With Tai Chi

Hello to all our members and people who may just be stopping by here to check us out! I hope all of you are finding ways to make the best of things during these difficult and anxiety provoking times.   We miss seeing all of our members at classes and hope that we will be able to resume them sometime in the near future.  In the meantime, we wanted to share a some thoughts from  Justin Landers  at Slanted Flying on the importance of mastering the many details of our Tia Chi form.  We hope you enjoy this article! We’ll be looking for more interesting Tai Chi related content to share with you over the next few weeks.  In the meantime we hope that everyone stays healthy and we look forward to seeing you all back at the studio (or at the park!!) in the near future!

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Jump Start 2020 with a New Tai Chi Class!

Yikes!  It’s happening!  2019 is rapidly coming to a close and a new year is almost upon us.  For me, the start of a new year brings an opportunity to refocus on my own health and well-being and bringing balance back into my life.  That’s something that I often struggle with and Tai Chi has become an integral part of helping me maintain that mind – body balance.

Here at Tai Chi Revolution we’d like to invite you to join us for a new six week class (class details below).  This “beginner’s class” is designed to give students a foundation in Tai Chi movement principles, basic concepts and techniques, and the health benefits of regular practice. This class is for people who have no prior experience with Tai Chi or who have practiced Tai Chi but have been away from it and would like to get back into it.  This class is conducted in a safe, friendly, and supportive environment where everyone is welcome.

Our practice of Tai Chi is focused on the mind/body interaction and integrating slow, intentional movements to help strengthen, relax, coordinate and integrate the physical body and mind to improve overall health.  Regular practice of Tai chi can improve balance control, fitness, and flexibility, and may offer the benefits of reducing the risk of falls.  It is safe for people of all ages, as it does not put too much stress on the muscles and joints.   We hope to see you at our studio!

CLASS INFORMATION

When:  Tuesday nights beginning on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 and running through February 18th (6 weeks)

Time:  6:00 – 7:30pm

Location: Tai Chi Revolution Studio located at 2817 James Street, corner of James and North Edwards Avenue.  The studio entrance is on North Edwards (there’s a sign in the window so you can find us) with off-street parking in front of the studio and across the street.  There is also free street parking.

Cost: $60 (payable at the first class; cash or check, unfortunately we don’t take credit cards)

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

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

Don’t Miss Our New Beginner Class!

Would you be interested in a little Tai Chi?  We are offering a six week beginner’s class starting on Tuesday, November 5, at 6:00pm!

This can be a difficult time of year for many people.  The days are getting shorter and colder and winter is starting to nip at our heels.  It’s so easy to get lost in all the things around us that need our attention that we sometimes forget to pay attention to our own health and well-being.  We don’t want that to happen to you!  Read on to learn about the benefits of a regular practice of Tai Chi:

Mind: memory retention, confidence, self control

Body: balance, coordination, flexibility, endurance

Spirit: patience, perseverance, respect

Great stuff right?!!  Tai Chi has a lot to offer and we provide trained instructors, an open studio, and a friendly supportive group of members who enjoy working with new people.  So…

  • If you’ve never tried Tai Chi before but always wondered about it – this class is for you
  • Practiced Tai Chi but fell out of the routine and want a quick brush up to motivate you to pick it back up again – this class is for you
  • Looking for a way to shed the stress of your day – this class is for you
  • Currently practice Tai Chi and wondering how to help support new students – you guessed it… come to this class and cheer on new students!

Our studio is large, open, well lit and has off street parking.

Tai Chi Revolution Studio

This six week class will teach you the fundamental movements of Tai Chi.  You will learn the first 17 movements of the 108 movement set with qualified and knowledgeable instructors.  You found our website – now we’d really like to meet you in person!

CLASS INFORMATION

When:  Tuesday nights beginning on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 and running through December December 9th (6 weeks)

Time:  6:00 – 7:30pm

Location: Tai Chi Revolution Studio located at 2817 James Street, corner of James and North Edwards Avenue.  The studio entrance is on North Edwards (there’s a sign in the window so you can find us) with off-street parking in front of the studio and across the street.  There is also free street parking.

Cost: $60 (payable at the first class; cash or check, unfortunately we don’t take credit cards)

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

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

We look forward to meeting you!

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.  ~ Lao Tzu

Don’t Miss Our New Beginner Class!

Tai Chi Revolution is offering a new “First 17”  six week class!  Come join the “Revolution”!!

We want you to FEEL GOOD at the end of your day!  Work stress?  Kids homework stress?  Yard work stress?  Thinking about the holidays already stress (say it isn’t so!).  It’s so easy to get lost in all the things around us that need our attention that we sometimes forget to pay attention to our own health and well-being.  The regular practice of Tai Chi has the following benefits:

Mind: memory retention, confidence, self control

Body: balance, coordination, flexibility, endurance

Spirit: patience, perseverance, respect

Tai Chi is a form of moving meditation that accomplishes multiple objectives at once: working on balance, posture, movement through space, calming your mind, and spending time with friendly welcoming people.  Do any of the following describe you?  We have an answer!!

  • Never tried Tai Chi before but always wondered about it – this class is for you
  • Practiced Tai Chi but fell out of the routine and want a quick brush up to motivate you to pick it back up again – this class is for you
  • Looking for a way to shed the stress of your day – this class is for you
  • Currently practice Tai Chi and wondering how to help support new students – you guessed it… come to this class and cheer on new students!

Our studio is large, open, well lit and has off street parking.

Tai Chi Revolution Studio

This six week class will teach you the fundamental movements of Tai Chi.  You will learn the first 17 movements of the 108 movement set with qualified and knowledgeable instructors.  You found our website – now we’d really like to meet you in person!

CLASS INFORMATION

When:  Tuesday nights beginning on September 17, 2019 and running through October 22nd (6 weeks)

Time:  6:00 – 7:30pm

Location: Tai Chi Revolution Studio located at 2817 James Street, corner of James and North Edwards Avenue.  The studio entrance is on North Edwards (there’s a sign in the window so you can find us) with off-street parking in front of the studio and across the street.  There is also free street parking.

Cost: $60 (payable at the first class; cash or check, unfortunately we don’t take credit cards)

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

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

We look forward to meeting you!

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.  ~ Lao Tzu

Benefits of Regular Practice of Tai Chi

When I started practicing Tai Chi I wanted to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible.  I had a difficult time hearing my instructor’s advice to just immerse myself in the moment and not worry about every tiny detail.  Over time, I found that my instructor was right <LOL>.  The goal of learning the many forms in the set was not to just “learn” the set, but to use what I was learning about each form to understand how my body moved in response to my “internal” commands.   I began to realize how watching my angles, shifting my weight, and paying attention to my body’s strengths and limitations allowed me to focus my attention more on fundamentals.  That in turn has helped me to better understand and master the flow of  body movements used in Tai Chi and to find the benefits of this “moving meditation”.

If you want to learn more about the importance of consistency in the practice of Tai Chi you may find this article from SlantedFlying.com helpful.

If you are interested in learning Tai Chi or want to get back into the practice, please feel free to e-mail us at TaiChiRevolutionCNY@gmail.com.   Check back soon – we will be posting the start date for a new beginners class soon!  We look forward to seeing you in the studio!

 

Are You Curious About Tai Chi??

On Tuesday, December 4th at 2:00 p.m., members of Tai Chi Revolution, a group consisting of dedicated instructors and practitioners, will be giving a demonstration at the Paine Branch Library (113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse, NY 13206)

Come and learn about the many benefits of Tai Chi, while observing the slow, meditative movements of this ancient Chinese form of Martial Arts.  Tai Chi Revolution’s studio is located behind the Moonlight Deli on James St. (entrance is on  North Edwards Ave.) and we’re on FaceBook.

New members are always welcome and beginner’s classes are offered on a regular basis.  Check back here or on Facebook for announcements of new classes or contact us at TaiChiRevolutionCNY@gmail.com.

We hope to see you at our demonstration!

 

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 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.