Tai Chi is an ancient method of increasing health by learning how to balance opposites in the body. Through the practice, slow and gentle movements stretch the body’s tissues to restore their pliancy and uniformity. This stretching allows channels of qi (energy, fluids, chemicals, electrical signals) to flow more easily. Whenever there is a blockage in a channel or area of the body, energy can’t flow, there is inflammation, stagnation, and eventually breakdown. When the channels are open and allow energy to flow freely, this creates the conditions for healing and health. Tai Chi is also a highly mental exercise, a moving meditation. The mind is used to sense into the body and relax while moving. When the body is simultaneously in motion while relaxing, we have a harmony of opposites, which brings more ease to our whole being.
About the Teacher
Dave Wolovsky has been studying Eastern arts since he was in high school. He practiced five animal kung fu for eight years before, injury after injury, he decided to take up more constructive practices. Further, after many ailments growing up, he has gotten significant health benefits from practicing qi gong, tai chi, and yoga with a variety of teachers. Although he is no master of qi, he is a collector of exercises that he finds useful for energizing and healing. His class combines meditation, movement, and the crucial practice of relaxation. He approaches qi gong with the vision of accessing natural states of relaxed flow in the body and mind. The absence of such flows brings illness, while their presence brings health.