Tai Chi

Enjoy relaxing and rejuvenating classes with our expert faculty


Class Description

This class is appropriate for all "levels" and ranges of physical ability. From senior citizens to yogis and athletes, all can benefit from this gentle and profound practice.

Qigong is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, Qigong is viewed as a practice to balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as "life energy." Qigong practice involves rhythmic breathing, coordinated with slow stylized repetition of fluid movement, and a calm mindful state.

Tai Chi is a type of Chinese martial art practiced for its health benefits. Movements in this class are practiced in a slow, gentle sequence with attention to coordination with the breath and how the movements effect energy flow.

Instructor: Mike Basdavanos

Mike Basdavanos is a Medical Qigong Therpist, Dpl. in Asian Bodywork Therapy, NCCAOM, CAOBTA, and a licensed massage therapist. Mike received Taoist ordination (Tian Ming) from Master Wang Yen-nien and permission to teach Taijiquan and meditation from Master Wang. Mike is presently completing a doctorate degree in Medical Qigong with Ted Cibik, Ph.D., N.D., D.M.Q.; and he continues studies with John Cole, L.Ac. Mike has been studying, practicing and teaching self defense and healing systems of Asia since the 1960's. Beginning with Tai Chi in 1966, Mike began a lifelong quest of immersing himself in the world of bio-physical energy, called Qi; covering three continents, thousands of miles and hours, and resulting in lifelong friendships with fellow seekers and teachers. The traditions Mike draws from include: Yang style Hidden Tradition, Taijiquan, Emei Chan Buddhist QIgong, Yiquan Qigong, Silk Reeling, Dr. Huato's Animal Frolics, and Meditation methods of Mindfulness, sensory awareness and Neigong (Taoist inner work). Mike's method of teaching comes from the firm belief that studying the exercises and healing arts of the East from the point of view of internal energy will result in the greatest benefit. It is clear that anyone can develop some technique that will bring them personal health benefits using the principles of Qi cultivation. One need not be a Master to broaden one's love of life through Qigong.