Category Archives: T’ai Chi

World Tai Chi Day 2021

World T’ai Chi Day is an annual free event where participants around the globe practice T’ai Chi at 10 a.m. (local time) on the last Saturday of April.

We will gather under the Charlottesville Waldorf School Pavilion 9:45 a.m. to warm up and then start the 100-Step T’ai Chi form, followed by Qi Gong, Hsing I and Ba Gua walking.

Schedule:

9:45am Gather
10:00 – 11:00 Warm-ups and 100-step T’ai Chi form
11:00 – 11:30 Qi Gong, Hsing I and Ba Gua walking
  • large covered pavilion with open sides
  • accessible
  • parking available behind the buildings
  • restrooms available
  • masks required
  • social distancing will be practiced and other Covid protocols
  • all are welcome and encouraged to come and participate
  • invite friends and family

If you are interested in trying T’ai Chi, please join us for this free chance to experience the relaxing flow of chi through your body!

World T’ai Chi Day

Place: Charlottesville Waldorf School Pavilion
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Time: 9:45 a.m. – 11:30
Cost: FREE

Staying Hydrated

CTCC thanks Cawood Fitzhugh for this article. Ms. Cawood is a T’ai Chi participant who recently retired as a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care.
Please note: Any dizziness should always be checked out by your medical provider. The facts on hydration are the same for all, unless there is someone who is medically on a fluid restriction.

In the morning, drinking a warm cup of water before coffee or tea can be quite beneficial for our bodies.  This can provide a nice start for some good hydration, giving our bodies water that is needed early in the day. Sleeping during the night is dehydrating, and sometimes we are already behind already in our hydration. We wake up, go to the bathroom – which dehydrates us – then drink a cup of coffee in which the caffeine dehydrates us more, constricting the blood vessels.  Additional caffeine is added sometimes to coffees and the lighter the roast, the greater the caffeine.  All of this contributes to causes of dehydration which can result in lightheadedness, especially when we exercise early in the morning.
   
Sometime coffee drinkers can be attached to the smell of coffee brewing and the stimulating good feeling. This is especially true as a younger adult — coffee can make you feel happy to drink it. However, as we age, coffee may actually exacerbate jitters, increase anxiety, increase our blood pressures and cumulative effects may interfere with sleep.  Switching over to a good organic tea brand is beneficial because of the antioxidants in the tea which decrease inflammation in the body and may help to minimize blood pressure as well as anxiety.  If you are attached to coffee and it brings you joy, try making a cup with 1/2 decaf and 1/2 regular coffee decreasing the total amount of caffeine while still enjoying the same amount of cups.

If you want to try a tea, many coffee drinkers seem to enjoy Masala Chai for the “kick” of flavor, being a little pungent and spicy for the dark roast coffee drinkers. The “Rishi” tea company makes a Masala chai that people seem to enjoy. It is found online through Amazon, locally at Whole Foods and Wegmans and is organic.  Green tea is even better, but Americans have traditionally only had bad teas growing up and tend to shy away from tea.  Black tea is a way to transition over from coffee and then move into the other wonderful world of teas with their anti-inflammatory effects.

For early morning exercise, it is important for all of us to enjoy a large glass of warm water when we first awake.  This hydrates the body, will get the digestive system moving and makes us feel better overall for the rest of the day and enables our bodies to perform our intention by paying attention to what is needed.

Hydration is accumulative.  So sipping water or an herbal tea throughout the day, provides flavor, vitamins, minerals and an overall sense of well-being.  Of course if you are under any medical care, please follow the seasoned advice of your health care provider.  And always remember, there are many reasons for some lightheadedness when standing for long periods or with any exercise. This always needs to be further evaluated by your healthcare provider in an expedient manner.  

Master Hiromi’s Spring 2020 Workshops

Come join us for Master Hiromi’s Spring 2020 Workshops on Saturday, March 7th!

Spring 2020 WorkshopsBoth workshops will be held at the CTCC dojo at 206 East Water Street — Google Map.

T’ai Chi Warm-Ups
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $80

Brush Knee and Push
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Cost: $80

Both Workshops
Cost: $150

In the morning, Hiromi Sensei will be going deeply into our Warm-Up exercises, covering proper form and movement as well as some application aspects. In the afternoon she will cover some of the subtle details of the 10th step of the 14-Step form: Brush Knee and Push.

Online Payment for Workshop

You can register using your PayPal account or a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover).

Please choose an option and click the Pay Now button. You will be given the option to log in to PayPal or pay with a credit card.


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T’ai Chi in the Dentist Chair

Many thanks to Ferrell Mercer for this unique application of T’ai Chi principles.

Recently I have been undergoing a sequence of complex dental procedures. At one point I spent three hours in the dentist chair. As usual, I used my T’ai Chi training to consciously relax during the process and I am certain that doing so led to my having less discomfort both during the procedure and afterward.

The process of even simple dental work is pretty much designed to cause tension. There is the expectation of pain, even though modern dentistry has greatly reduced or eliminated the actual pain of most procedures. Then there is the fact that generally two people have their hands and a variety of tools in your mouth and around various parts of your face. There are also vibrations, strange noises and strange odors that all can make us tense.

T’ai Chi teaches us to become aware of tension in our body and to relax that tension. Over time we can achieve conscious control over our instinct to tense. I found T’ai Chi push hands particularly helpful in learning to relax with someone else in my ‘space’. Continue reading

CTCC at the Festy Music Festival

This year we are happy to announce that we have partnered with the Festy music festival! This will be the Festy’s 10th year, and to celebrate that they are moving to Downtown Charlottesville. The Festy will take place the weekend of October 11-13 at IX Art Park.

The Festy is an eco-friendly, kid-friendly music festival focused on Music and Mindfulness. Discover your favorite bands at this year’s Festy!

As a special offer to our students, the Festy is offering 15% off your ticket when you use our exclusive promo code FESTYBESTY at checkout. Find out more on the Festy website here!

CTCC Open Sessions and Workshops
Friday, October 11 at 1:30pm – CTCC Open Session
Saturday, October 12 at 1:00pm – The Art of T’ai Chi with Hiromi Sensei
Saturday, October 12 at 1:30pm – CTCC Open Session
Sunday, October 13 at 3:30pm – CTCC Open Session

We look forward to seeing you there!

Taiwan 2019 – Reflections by Josh Lowry

The problem with the task of writing a brief reflection on the CTCC trip to Taiwan is
deciding what experiences make the cut. There is a desire to include every detail.
How could we leave out encounters with robots in Korea? The Rainbow Village. The
stunts our cabbies were pulling flying down the highway over 90 mph with a death
wish and us in tow. The food mosh pit carnival light show sensory explosion
madness, that is the Taichung night market. The best damn breakfast buffet in the
East at the Evergreen Laurel hotel. Those memories and more won’t soon be
forgotten, but what will stay with me are the relationships formed and the chance to
really immerse myself in training for the first time. Continue reading

2 Weeks Free May – June at CTCC

Now is the time to begin!

Interested in trying T’ai Chi? With this special offer, new students can attend T’ai Chi classes free!

If you’ve never taken classes at CTCC before, you are eligible for up to two free consecutive weeks of unlimited T’ai Chi classes at CTCC between May 1 and June 30, 2019!

Please note that we validate for two hours of free parking at the Water Street garage.

  1. Check out the CTCC schedule to choose the classes you would like to attend. Our T’ai Chi classes are highlighted in green.
  2. Download, print and fill out the Registration Form below and bring it to your first class — or just fill out one at CTCC when you arrive.
  3. Review the “Dojo Code” below for further information (e.g. what to wear).
  4. Feel free to email any questions to registrar@charlottesvilletaichi.org or call (877) 880-2479.
  5. Check out the links on the right for more information about T’ai Chi and CTCC.

>> See the weekly Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center schedule here

>> Download the Registration Form here

>> Download the Dojo Code (information about what to wear and the Dojo guidelines) here

Taiwan 2019 – Monday

Grandmaster’s dojo is about 45 minutes outside of Taichung in a township called Caotun and on Monday we had the wonderful opportunity to train with him here. There are several training spaces, some indoor and one larger outdoor space connected to the building. The outdoor space is where we practiced after having tea together. The sides are open but it is covered by a metal awning which provides a very nice soundtrack when it rains, which it did several times while we were practicing. (Grandmaster said that this is his favorite training music.) Grandmaster seemed very happy to host us at his dojo and it was a special treat to get to see him in his element. Continue reading