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Tai Chi Fundamentals Class
Fri, Jun 05
National University of Natural Medicine
Jun 05, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
National University of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter St Portland, OR 97201, USA. Academic Building Rm # 305
The best way to end the week - with Tai Chi!
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Tai Chi Fundamentals Class
Fri, May 01
National University of Natural Medicine
May 01, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
National University of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter St Portland, , OR 97201, USA. Academic Building Rm # 305
The best way to end the week - with Tai Chi!
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Tai Chi Fundamentals Class
Fri, Apr 10
National University of Natural Medicine
Apr 10, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
National University of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter St Portland, , OR 97201, USA. Academic Building Rm # 305
The best way to end the week - with Tai Chi!
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Portland Community Tai Chi and Qi Gong
Mon, Mar 23
National University of Natural Medicine
Mar 23, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
National University of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter St, Portland, OR 97201, USA
The best way to end the week - with Tai Chi!
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Sunset Tai Chi and Qi Gong at Council Crest
Fri, Mar 20
Council Crest Park
Mar 20, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Council Crest Park, 1120 SW Council Crest Dr, Portland, OR 97239, USA
Boost your immune function with these ancient exercises!
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Portland Community Tai Chi and Qi Gong
Fri, Mar 13
National University of Natural Medicine
Mar 13, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
National University of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter St, Portland, OR 97201, USA
The best way to end the week - with Tai Chi!
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Tai Chi Push Hands Exercise

Although the community classes generally won't focus on the martial aspects of Tai Chi, it is first and foremost a martial art.  Behind the smooth and flowing movements there is a deadly intention.  Although most prefer to visualize nice things while practicing, others may choose to practice "shadow boxing" - in which each movement is seen as a block or a blow to an enemy. 


In this picture, I practice a "push-hands" exercise with my sister: This is the part where she gets cocky and tries to push me off balance - unsuccessfully! 


Push-hands is designed to develop one's ability to be intentional as well as to relax completely when the opponent tries to grab on to your force and use it against you.  Although there are many push-hands exercises, the most basic is to connect hands with your partner, push towards their center (while connecting with your own), until they yield by shifting their weight.  Keeping the hands connected, your partner then pushes back towards your centerline, at which point you must yield (by shifting your body-weight) in order to avoid being pushed off balance.  This basic pattern can continue as a meditative exercise, each person exploring the others structural weaknesses - whether through gentle energetic engagement or more forceful attempts to push the other person over.  A trade secret - and the healers approach - is to adopt the intention of opening any places of energetic blockage in the other person.  The way to do this is to find their structural weaknesses and through this give them opportunities to relax more deeply into themselves, finding greater balance and strength.    

 

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