"Be as still as a mountain,
move like a great river."
- The T'ai Chi Classics
Practical Tai Chi
T'ai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is a centuries old method of inner alchemy and self transformation, as well as a potent martial art and remarkably effective path to self healing. Practical Tai Chi of New York focuses on Yang style Taiji, along with Buddhist and Daoist Chi Gung (Qigong)exercises.|
Yang Style Tai Chi
- Yang Cheng-Fu Introductory Tai Chi Forms 1, 2, &3
- Yang Cheng Fu (1883-1936), direct descendant of Yang style founder Yang Lu Chan, was the one of the great influences in modern Tai Chi Chuan. These three simple sequences attributed to him are said to contain his favorite postures. The "Single Whip" and "Playing the Lute", respectively the most expansive and contractive postures in traditional tai chi, are included in these short and simple Tai Chi forms along with several other essential movements. Yang Cheng Fu would hold the Single Whip and Playing the Lute alternately for long periods of time while practicing chi circulation.
- Standardized 8 Posture Tai Chi Form
- A simplified version of the 24 posture form, this is an excellent short form.
- Standardized 16 Posture Tai Chi Form
- More than just a bridge between the 8 and 24 posture standardized forms, all of the postures in this 16 movement form can be found in the larger 24, but in several cases they are performed on the reverse side.
- Standardized 24 Posture Tai Chi Form
- This and the Cheng Man-Ch'ing thirty seven posture form are the most popular Tai Chi forms inside and outside of China.
- Cheng Man-Ch'ing 37 Posture Tai Chi Form
- The classic Yang style short form. Widely considered the most popular Tai Chi form worldwide.
- Standardized 16 Posture Tai Chi Straight Sword
- Traditional 37 Posture Tai Chi Straight Sword
- Facing the Sun Chi Gung [Chao Yang Kung]
- A classic chi gathering exercise, performed while facing east.
- Seven Movements of the Dragon Chi Gung
- These seven movements strengthen both the external body and the internal organs.
- Eight Sections of Brocade Chi Gung [Ba Duan Jin]
- Traditionally attributed to Marshal Yue Wei in the thirteenth century, "Eight Pieces of Brocade" is based on Bodhidharma's Muscle and Tendon Changing Classic.
- Harmonizing the Five Elements Chi Gung
- The five elements or phases (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) are inseparable from the philosophies and practices of traditional chinese medicine. This simple sequence of movements balances these five influences.
Contact: Neil Alexander at (718) 359-6169
(Currently offering private one-on-one instruction only)
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