Wednesday, July 7, 2021

New Taiji Classes in Temple Terrace

 We are entering a new phase with the Covid Pandemic and more people are now vaccinated. I have arranged to teach 3 classes in Temple Terrace at the Recreation Center (two at the Omar K. Lightfoot Recreation Center and one at the Temple Terrace Family Recreation Center). I taught at the Lightfoot Rec Center about 20 years ago, so this is a bit like coming home, though the center is renovated since I was there last and is quite a nice space for class. We will still practice social distancing in the classes and there is plenty of space to spread out. 

However, for those that are not comfortable with in person class, I still have an active Zoom schedule with qigong classes, core training (especially for qigong), and taiji classes. The schedules are below. Hope to see everyone soon!

Current Zoom Taiji and Qigong Schedule (as of July, 2021)

 

Monday

Tue

Wednesday

Thur

Friday

Sat

Day

 

 

Core (No Floor)

Strengthening for

Qigong
9:00-9:30am est

 

Core (No Floor)

Strengthening for

Qigong
9:00-9:30am est

 

 

Eight Pieces of Brocade

9:30-10:15am est

 

Eight Pieces of Brocade

9:30-10:15am est

 

Eight Pieces of Brocade

9:30-10:15am est

 

 

Core (Floor) Strengthening for Qigong

10:30-11:15 am est

Five Animal Sports 

 

Taiji (Tai Chi)

10:15-10:45am est

 

Evening

Taiji (Tai Chi)

6:00-6:45pm est

 

 

 

 

 

 Class Fee $10/class or $50/month unlimited classes; email brian@ideal-balance.net for the zoom info

Current Live Taiji and Qigong Schedule (as of July, 2021)

 

Monday

Tue

Wednesday

Thur

Friday

Sat

Day

Taiji (Tai Chi)

8:00-9:00am est

Lightfoot Rec Center – 10901 N. 56th St, Temple Terrace

 

 

 

 

 

Taiji (Tai Chi)

10:00-11:00am est

Temple Terrace Family Rec Center – 6610 Whiteway Dr., Temple Terrace

Evening

 

 

Taiji (Tai Chi)

6:30-7:30pm est

Lightfoot Rec Center – 10901 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace

 

 

 

 

Class Fee $4 rec center members / $6 nonmembers per class; no need to pre-register

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Pelvic Rotation in Taiji and Qigong Movements

 This month we will be focusing on rotation, specifically how this movement involves the innominate bones and the sacrum. I frequently find that, when demonstrating rotation, students often think of the pelvic structure as a block that rotates as a unit. However, the pelvis is quite dynamic and there can be much movement between the two innominate bones which allows sacral rotation to occur. This is seen also with walking or running. The back leg in gait pulls the innominate bone on that side into an anterior tilt, while the forward leg pulls the other innominate bone into a posterior tilt. The entire pelvis is 'twisted' or moves into torsion. 


When the practitioner is in a horse stance or in a neutral stance hip width apart and performs pelvic rotation, this same dynamic occurs, or at least the potential is there for it to occur. This movement will create a rotation all of the way from the feet and potentially upward throughout the body to the head, a movement that takes the joints through their full range of motion in the transverse plane.

We will be exploring this rotation in the Eight Pieces of Brocade, Taiji, Taiji Ball, and even the Core classes this month. Check out the schedule below.

May Taiji and Qigong Schedule

Monday

Tue

Wednesday

Thur

Friday

Saturday

Sun

Eight Pieces of Brocade

9:30-10:15am est

Eight Pieces of Brocade

9:30-10:15am est

Core (No Floor)

Strengthening for

Qigong
9:00-9:30am est

Taiji Ball

10:00-10:30 am est

Core (Floor) Strengthening for Qigong

10:30-11:15 am est

Five Animal Sports 

10:30-11:15am est

Eight Pieces of Brocade

9:30-10:15am est

Five Animal Sports Practice

10:30-11:30 am est

Taiji (Tai Chi)

6:00-6:45pm est

 

Taiji (Tai Chi)

6:00-6:45pm est