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T’ai Chi Chih

November 7, 2010
T’ai Chi Chih – Joy Through Movement, is known as a “moving meditation”.  It was developed in 1974 by Justin Stone, who had studed T’ai Chi Ch’uan in China and wished to bring it’s benefits to the western world.  He found, however, that most westerners didn’t have the interest in devoting many years to mastering the practice.  The Western mind-set is different than that in the East.
As Justin considered this issue, he felt led to develop T’ai Chi Chih (pronounced: Tie – Chee – Chuh), which consists of a series of nineteen movements and focus on the flow of energy instead of muscular control.
T’ai Chi Chih is not a martial art or a religion.  It is a spiritual practice that works for all people – even those who do not have the use of their legs. 
Regular practice of T’ai Chi Chih promotes the following health benefits:
  • Improves the circulation in the body.
  • Reduces stress by promoting the relaxation response and decreasing muscular tensions.
  • Aligns the spine and promotes good posture.
  • Dries up excess fluids in the body/helps eleviate congestion.
  • Massages the internal organs.
  • Normalizes blood pressure.
  • Teaches the body about balance.
  • Increases kinesthetic awareness of space.
  • Promotes healing in specific areas.
  • Promotes flexibility of the ankles, waist and wrists.
  • Promotes regular breathing.
  • Stimulates the digestion/elimination process.
  • Improves upper/lower body and right/left side coordination.
  • Promotes weight control and body tonight.
  • Beneficial for pregnant women/fetus.
  • Stimulates heightened awareness and clafity of the mind.
  • Promotes the increase of energy and creativity.
  • Teaches serenity and attunement.
 I attended a FREE introductory T’ai Chi Chih class at Cedar Hill Enrichment Center this past weekend.  I had assumed on going to the class that it would be of some benefit, having heard raves about T’ai Chi practice in the past.  I was, however, totally unprepared for the magnitude of total body relaxation and well-being that came from one simple class!
Cedar Hill has a six-week workshop beginning on Wednesday, November 10.  The class will meet Wednesdays at 3:30pm from November 10-December 15.  Cost is $60.00 (or, $10 per 1-hour class).  The class is taught by Colleen Flannagan, a registered T’ai Chi Chih instructor.
Colleen Flanagan, (Right) and daughter, Erin, (Left).
Cedar Hill is a 501-c-3 non-profit in north Forsyth County, Georgia.  Their mission is to educate the public about sustainable living practices, eating locally, organic gardening practices as well as holding a variety of spiritual workshops such as Yoga and T’ai Chi Chih.  Their nearly 20 acres boast a labyrinth, educational gardens, nature trail and meditation gardens as well as a host of other interesting surprises.  The public is welcome to walk the grounds and enjoy the beauty and serenity that is, Cedar Hill.
For more workshop information:

Cedar Hill Enrichment Center

5735 Hwy. 53 East (north Forsyth County, near Hall Cty line)

Gainsville, GA 30506


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