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Tai Chi Alchemy Get Out of Your Head and Into the Game

For all levels.

How do we get out of our own way—physically, mentally, energetically—and live our lives as full participants, not just observers? How do we experience the joy of authentic encounter? How do we subdue the demons of fear and anxiety and fully occupy the present moment? The ancient art of tai chi may have some answers.

The mysterious and paradoxical world of tai chi ch’uan seems to defy the laws of physics. A finger stops a fist. A tiny woman lifts a man three times her size. That world becomes instantly accessible, however, when approached as an exercise of authentic engagement. Tai chi practice brings us into heightened states of body-mind-spirit integration and the remarkable abilities that come with that, including:

  • Presence
  • Effortless power
  • Rooting (energetic connection with the earth)
  • Instant meditation (accessing the “space between thoughts”)
  • The transformation of fear into love
  • Authentic soul-to-soul connections.

When we meet with our whole being, we become full participants in an alchemy that unearths treasures buried in plain sight. This is not just a form class. It is an exploration of tai chi principles applied to real life, offered in a lively, fun, mind-altering way. There will be movement. There will be laughter. There will be transformation.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Program Theme
Martial Arts


Rick Barrett, a national and international champion in tai chi push hands, has practiced Chinese internal martial arts and energy healing for 40 years.

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