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Tai Chi is a Chinese internal martial art.  This moving meditation consists of flowing movements and emphasizes breathing and balance while enhancing strength and flexibility.  The Yang 24 form takes about 7-10 minutes to complete, and is a very low impact exercise suitable for all ages and physical fitness levels that can be a powerful tool for relaxation and stress relief. 

Please wear loose fitting clothing that will not restrict movement.  The space does not allow street shoes, so bring a pair of shoes to change into, preferably with a thin sole to better gauge balance and contact with the floor.

About Taichi Yang 24 style (

-- History

The form was the result of an effort by the Chinese Sports Committee, which, in 1956, brought together four Taiji teachers - Chu GuitingCai LongyunFu Zhongwen, and Zhang Yu - to create a simplified form of Taiji as exercise for the masses. Some sources suggests that the form was structured in 1956 by master Li Tian Ji [1] [2] . The creators truncated the traditional family style Taiji forms to 24 postures; taking about six minutes to perform and to give the beginner an introduction to the essential elements of Taijiquan, yet retain the traditional flavor of traditional longer hand forms (in general, 88-108 postures). Henceforth, this form was avidly promoted by the People's Republic of China for general exercise, and was also taught to internees in Communist "re-education" camps. Due to this official promotion, the 24-form is most likely the Taiji form with the most practitioners in China and the world over (though no surveys have been performed).

-- Movements

  1. Commencing (Qǐshì, 起势), Preparation, Beginning

  2. Part the Wild Horse's Mane (Zuǒyòu Yěmǎ Fēnzōng, 左右野马分鬃), LEFT and RIGHT

  3. White Crane Spreads Its Wings (Báihè Lìangchì, 白鹤亮翅), Stork/Crane Reveals Its Wings

  4. Brush Knee and Step Forward (Zuǒyòu Lōuxī Àobù, 左右搂膝拗步), Brush Knee and Twist Step, LEFT and RIGHT

  5. Playing the Lute (Shǒuhūi Pípā, 手挥琵琶), Strum the Lute, Play Guitar

  6. Reverse Reeling Forearm (Zuǒyòu Dào juǎn gōng, 左右倒卷肱), Step Back and Repulse Monkey (Dǎo niǎn hóu 倒攆猴), LEFT and RIGHT

  7. Left Grasp Sparrow's Tail (Zuǒ Lǎn Què Wěi, 左揽雀尾), Grasp the Bird's Tail

    1. Ward Off (Bīng, 掤)

    2. Rollback (Lǚ, 捋)

    3. Press (Jǐ, 擠)

    4. Push (Àn, 按)

  8. Right Grasp Sparrow's Tail (Yòu Lǎn què wěi, 右揽雀尾)

  9. Single Whip (Dān biān, 单鞭)

  10. Wave Hands Like Clouds (Yúnshǒu, 云手), Cloud Hands, Cloud Built Hands, Wave Hands in Clouds

  11. Single Whip (Dān biān, 单鞭)

  12. High Pat on Horse (Gāo tàn mǎ, 高探马), Step Up to Examine Horse

  13. Right Heel Kick (Yòu dēng jiǎo, 右蹬脚), Separate Right Foot, Kick with Right Foot

  14. Strike to Ears with Both Fists (Shuāng fēng guàn ěr, 双峰贯耳)

  15. Turn Body and Left Heel Kick (Zhuǎnshēn zuǒ dēngjiǎo, 转身左蹬脚)

  16. Left Lower Body and Stand on One Leg (Zuǒ Xià shì dúlì, 左下势独立)

    1. Single Whip Squatting Down, Snake Creeps Down,

    2. Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg, Golden Bird Standing Alone

  17. Right Lower Body and Stand on One Leg (Yòu Xià shì dúlì, 右下势独立)

  18. Shuttle Back and Forth (Yòuzuǒ yùnǚ chuānsuō, 右左玉女穿梭), Fair Lady Works with Shuttles, (Walking Wood), Four Corners, RIGHT and LEFT

  19. Needle at Sea Bottom (Hǎidǐ zhēn, 海底针)

  20. Fan Through Back (Shǎn tōng bì, 闪通臂), Fan Penetrates Back

  21. Turn Body, Deflect, Parry, and Punch (Zhuǎnshēn Bānlánchuí, 转身搬拦捶)

  22. Apparent Close (Rúfēng shìbì, 如封似闭), Withdraw and Push, as if Closing a Door

  23. Cross Hands (Shízìshǒu, 十字手)

  24. Closing (Shōushì, 收势)

Taichi for Beginners Classes at LotusVoice  (Link)

Spring 2024 starting March 5th, 2024

Private sessions are available upon request

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