Tai Chi Group Course
January 11th– April 25th
January 11th– April 25th
In our Winter Session of Somatic Restructuring we will learn the Tai Chi spiraling movements, traditionally known as “silk reeling” which will allow us to explore deeper levels of embodiment. Silk reeling is the basis of Tai Chi training, helping the student to develop strength, internal energy, co-ordination, body awareness, unity in movement, relaxation and rooting. Also known as Chan Si Gong; Chan (pulling), Si (silk) and Gong (skill achieved through effort). Silk reeling are spiraling movements that improve whole body relaxation, smooth weight shifting, breathing, and body alignment.
This course will present and refine techniques that will help you discover and then re-establish these fascial connections. You will receive instruction in Qigong breathing and embodiment methods to help you stay centered, relaxed, and maintain a soft awareness in your body throughout the movements. You will discover how to utilize your somatic mind-body connection to create stronger pathways from the sensory motor cortex. Once these new neural connections have been established then your body will begin a journey back to fascia health.
“Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.”
Classes are taught by Bryson Newell.
I have practiced Tai Chi, Qigong, Baguazhang and Somatics for more than thirty years. I have studied with many extradorinaiy teachers in all of these arts both at home and abroad. The benefits of Tai Chi cannot be overestimated from my experience. Because Tai Chi is a moving meditation it’s a wonderful compliment to any sitting meditation practice especially these day when many people lead sedentary lifestyles already. I practice both sitting and moving meditation daily and I’ve found that Tai Chi acts as a bridge that helps us take the meditation state of calm, focused attention into our daily life and not just while we are sitting on the cushion.
I incorporate Somatic ideas and practices into my Tai Chi because I believe the work of Alexander, Feldenkrais, and Thomas Hanna have a lot to offer and are complementary practices to Tai Chi and other Eastern Embodiment practices. My approach to any of the mind body disciplines is to make them as accessible as possible to all students.
These are live zoom classes held once a week. Each class is carefully structured to reveal something new and fascinating about our mind body complex. Over the course you will discover your body’s natural holistic connection through the fascial lines using silk reeling movements. These moments will help you to rebuild your fascia body, thus relating to your body more holistically.
~ Movement & Anatomy ~
Beginning January 11th – April 25th
Thursday evenings 6:30pm – 7:30pm on Zoom