Balancing Yin and Yang: Foundations, Form and Function
With Paul Bromley
May 24-29, 2020
Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC
The Chinese Internal Arts of Tai Chi and Qi Gong regulate the constantly transforming balance between Yin and Yang in the body, mind, and spirit.
Through solo and partner practice, we deepen our awareness of these polarities and can utilize them to increase harmony within ourselves, with others, and with nature. Participants will learn Internal Arts background and theory, solo and partner training exercises, meditation techniques, and a Tai Chi sequence to cultivate stillness, presence and equanimity.
Early bird special! - Register before March 31 and receive 15% off meals and accomodation!
Get full details and register on the Hollyhock website.
New! Mini Workshops
I've shared a variety of practices over the years, and I want to give people an opportunity to experience them in an informal setting without having to commit to several classes. As such, I've decided to offer affordable mini workshops in my home, on the last Sunday of every month. These workshops will be limited to the first 10 registrants, and will require a minimum of 6 people to run them.
Workshops will be 2.5 hours in duration from 1:00-3:30 pm. Cost will be $30 for students attending weekly classes, and $40 for anyone else.
No experience is necessary to attend any of the workshops, and all levels of practice are welcome.
*If you are interested in attending a mini workshop, please contact me directly to reserve a space.
The Schedule is as follows:
January 26 - Tai Chi Form - First road in detail
This workshop will focus on building correct structure in the individual forms up to the cross hands posture. We will work on each form and transition in detail, with an emphasis on alignment and how forces are transmitted through the body. We will also spend time learning how to practice the forms in a small space and still receive maximum benefit.
February 23 - Loosen up!
This workshop will delve into various joint loosening exercises that I have learned from different systems over the years from different teachers. Systems covered will include, Baguazhang, Tai Chi, and a special set of exercises based that I learned from a Romanian prima ballerina over 20 years ago that are excellent for relieving stress and liberating the joints.
March 29 - Listening hands
Partner practice is a key factor to truly understanding Internal Arts such as Tai Chi. With an emphasis on cooperative exercises to develop Ting(listening), we will learn several partner exercises to expand our awareness of our own structure, by building our ability to listen to others.
April 26 - Releasing stress with Qi Gong
The practice of Qi Gong has many benefits improving the health of body and mind. This workshop will focus on basic methods inherent in many Qi Gong systems, and will teach a simple set of exercises for connecting the body, mind and breath while dissolving stress and tension.
All other classes are semi-private, and held at my home. If you are interested please contact me to reserve a space.
New!-Tai Chi Open Class - 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Starting February 3, this class will be held in the Willow room of the Star of The North Retreat Centre at 3A St. Vital Ave. in St. Albert.
The payment schedule will be on a monthly basis of $50/month(4 classes) payable on the first class of the month. Class is open to all levels, and will focus on Tai Chi foundation exercises from Yang and Chen styles to stretch and loosen the body, improve strength and balance, and calm the mind.
If you are interested in this class, please email me directly for information.
New!- Tai Chi Explorations 6:30-7:30 pm
This unique class is being offered to give another option for a Tai Chi class, either because Thursday nights don't fit your schedule, or if you would like to attend more than one class per week.
We will explore Tai Chi principles and various solo, and partner methods of opening and connecting body and mind while deepening the practice of any Internal Art. We may also play with some of the many toys and training tools that I have in my home, so it should be a lot of fun!
As it will be held in my home studio, enrolment will be limited, so please email me to reserve your spot.
Swimming Dragon – 7:45-8:45 p.m.
This class will focus on the Swimming Dragon form, as well as associated foundational exercises to prepare the body for practice. Beginners are welcome as we will be focusing on foundation practices to prepare the body and mind, build internal connections, and work our way through this beautifully comprehensive practice.
Thursday Nights at Greenfield Hall
Beginner Tai Chi – 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Focusing on principles of structural alignment, opening the body, developing awareness, building connections, and qualities of relaxation. After spending some time developing the fundamentals, we will move on to learning short sequences which comprise the essence of Tai Chi practice. Although this is a beginner class, it will be suitable for all levels for developing Song(relax/release), and Ting(listening/awareness)
Intermediate Tai Chi – 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Aimed at students who have completed at least one session of Beginner Tai Chi, this class will be directed towards form practice. Going deeper into the foundations, 37 movement form, 108 form, Lok Hup, and Sabre(for those that have learned them). Class will be differentiated into groups depending on enrollment.
Open Practice - First Sunday of each month - 1:00-2:30 p.m.
This class is available to those who are attending any other class(es) during the week of any level and would like to practice, or want to make up for a missed class. We will work on whatever people wish to spend time on, or I can lead a Tai Chi class if people would prefer. $15 drop in(if you're not making up for a missed class.)
January 6 - June 25, 2020(6 months)
*Jan 30 classes are rescheduled to Jan 31 due to an event
*Sunday classes and mini workshops are not included in the semester package.
One class per week - $260
Two classes per week - $480
Three classes per week - $600
$15 per class
Students, and Senior Citizens (65+) receive 10% off of full session fees.
Multiple Family Members receive 10% off each additional member.
Discounts do not apply to St. Albert class.
Private lessons available in person, or via video call: solo, or small groups, package deals on multiple classes.
If you'd like to have more information about classes, workshops, private lessons or have any other questions about Inner Health Tai Chi, please feel free to contact us.