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Experience with Tai Chi classes?
Experience with Tai Chi classes. Lenzi Williams vs Plum Blossom schools?
Benefits, injuries, etc.
Seeking Tai Chi
We love White Magnolia Tai Chi school (affiliated with the Plumblossom
International Federation) which is on Colusa near Thousand Oaks in Kensington.
My husband and I are seniors looking to retain and improve balance,
coordination, and general health--we're in the Beginner/Restorative classes, and
may stay there forever! But other students progress on into the more advanced
classes in which students learn more complex forms, depending on intention,
physical ability, and interest. The teachers--especially the head teacher,
Miriam Marsolais, are excellent, and incredibly patient. There is also a Tai Chi
stretching class (sort of like pre-Tai Chi) on Saturday mornings which is
incredibly helpful for out-of-shape folks like us, and two wonderful yoga
classes on Friday mornings. I can't recommend White Magnolia highly enough.
Reasonably priced, too. Check them out at http://www.whitemagnoliataichi.com.
--Tai Chi beginner
Re: Looking for a good qigong class
another excellent value is tai chi classes offered at alameda hospital
in the city of alameda. (yoga also). $40 for 8-wks; that's $5/class!
open to the public.
Tai Chi For Chronic Pain Issues
Please help me sift through the dozens of classes I find
online! I'm looking for a tai chi class that will help me
with my chronic pain. I've read the study that shows real
benefits from tai chi, but I'm afraid of injuring myself in
the wrong setting. I need to find one that's taught by
someone with medical expertise and/or psychological
sensitivity. I'm also hoping for low-cost options.
You might try White Magnolia Tai Chi.
(http://www.whitemagnoliataichi.com/) on Colusa in
Kensington. (Just across the border from Berkeley). The head
of the school, Miriam Marsolais, is a psychologist
specializing in the treatment of trauma and came to Tai Chi
while recovering from being very badly burned. She has a lot
of understanding of the kind of issues you're asking about.
You can come by and try a free class and talk with Miriam.
(I'm a student and sometimes instructor at the school, so I
may be biased.) Peter
Good Low Cost or Free Tai Chi Class
I'm wondering if anyone knows of a really good low cost or free
Tai Chi class in the East Bay. Maybe at UC Berkeley or Laney or
Chinatown or ????
Thanks for your help!
There are very nice classes at the Beat in Berkeley (Tai Chi Chuan
Berkeley). Classes are taught in an open, friendly and supportive
atmosphere and there is no pressure to learn at a certain pace. The
per-class fee structure ($13) is also much better than a fixed
A systematic approach is taken to learning the underlying principles
of Tai Chi Chuan through stance, posture and forms training. The
classes also include a set of Chi Kung moves (the 8 Brocade) as well
as stretching and light body workouts. For more information please
see http://www.taichichuanberkeley.com or call 510.849.0892
Re: martial arts classes
There are Yang style Tai Chi classes at The Beat - Eddie Brown Center for the
Arts in Berkeley (2560 9th Street). All levels are welcome and classes are
taught in an open, relaxed and nurturing atmosphere. Please see:
Local Tai Chi class for my stressed-out husband!
I am looking for a local Tai Chi class for my stressed-out husband!
Other than White Magnolia in Kensington, do you recommend any classes
within a 5-mile radius of Berkeley? They do not have to be at a
school. Thanks much!
Sressed out by Stressed Out Husband
For local Tai Chi classes - you might want to look into classes taught by Fong
Ha, an experienced teacher of many years. He teaches a Saturday morning class
that meets at Thousand Oaks School on Colusa Ave in Berkeley (near Solano
Avenue). I believe he also teaches Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Julia
Morgan Hall in back of Thousand Oaks Baptist Church (across the street from
Thousand Oaks School on Colusa Ave). Also, you can find Tai Chi classes at the
Albany Community Center. And if you are willing to drive to Walnut Creek, Jan
Diepersloot is a fine and experienced instructor. You can reach Jan at
Longtime Tai Chi student
There are wonderful adult tai chi classes at Tai Chi Berkeley,
which is at 8th and Parker, under the auspices of Lenzie
Williams, a very special tai chi master. There are several
times and choices, so it's convenient. There are also
wonderful classes at White Magnolia in the Kensington area.
Both schools are lovely.
admire tai chi
I recommend Starfire who teaches at Albany Community Center.
He also teaches at Cal at the big gym (RSF) there. That's
where I have taken classes for 3-4 years. He's an excellent
teacher, sometimes leading tai chi trips to Hawaii.
Charles Adamec is a wonderful Tai Chi teacher (he's also an
acupuncturist); he teaches early on the weekends in Berkeley
near Claremont and Ashby, and near Rose and Sacramento on
Thursday afternoons. Small classes, really excellent. You can
reach him at 644-3724. I'm also happy to answer any questions
about the class...
I highly reccommend this Tai Chi class in Berkeley on Sunday
morning at 10:30am. It's at the basketball/Volleyball court
along the Ohlone Pathway between N. Berkeley Bart station and
Cedar/Rose park. The instructor, Jonathan Russell, has been
teaching for 30+ years. It's very low key and lots of fun. No
uptight feeling at all. His number is 415.902.4350. Go check
it out for yourself.
Tai Chi for all
Tai chi class for my mom
I am looking for a good beginners Tai Chi class in the East Bay
for my mother (mid sixties), who will be visiting over the
summer. Preferably in North Oakland or Berkeley. Does anyone
have any seasoned personal recommendations?
Thank you much.
Karen LeGault has a class in Oakland not far from Highland
Hospital (easy off of 580). she's a wonderful tai chi teacher.
My neighbor goes to a tai chi class at one of the Berkeley senior
centers on Wednesday mornings. It's the senior center near the
Ashby Bart station (not sure what the name is.) She said it's
open to non-Berkeley residents and is either low cost or free -
she really likes it and goes even though she isn't quite yet a
Tai chi in Berkeley?
Does anyone know of a morning Tai Chi class that preferably
meets outside in Berkeley?
The City of Albany Recreation Dept. offers Beginnig and Advanced
Tai Chi. Check out www.albanyca.org for classes. Classes are
held at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic in Albany.
There is a great beginning tai chi class in Berkeley that meets
on Saturday mornings at 9:00. It's not outside, though. It's in
the big studios on the corner of 8th and Dwight. The teacher is
Lenzie Williams. He's been teaching tai chi for 25 years, and he
is excellent. He teaches it not only as a physical practice but
also as a mental and meditative practice. The address is 2525 8th
St. Go in Bay 1 and all the way to the back of the space. There
is a studio down a hallway to the left. The beginner's session
just started on October 4, but you should be able to start this
week, too. You can try it out with no obligation as well. There
is also another beginner's class that meets in the same building
on Thursday nights at 6:30 that is taught by one of his students.
There might be other classes weekday mornings, but I'm not sure
about that. Here's the only web address I was able to find for
I recommend Pacific Wu-Shu Academy at 1819 Tenth Street/cross
street Delaware. The teaching quality is world class at a very
The Tai-Chi instructor Zhang Hong Mei is from Beijing. In
addition to Tai-Chi she and Phillip Wong teach Wushu, Chinese
Martial Arts, to adults and children. Both instructors are kind,
patient and extremely skilled at teaching in an individualized
manner to each student regardless of their level. Also, they are
awesome to watch.
Tai Chi classes are held Mo, We, 7:30 to 9pm, Sa 10am to 11:30am
The web site is www.pacificwushu.com
Tai chi video
I have a 22lb. 10 month old and my back is killing me. I have
done Yoga in the past but am interested in doing Tai Chi @ home
due to time constraints. Is there a good video out there for a
Also some feedback on the Tai Chi class at the downtown Berk. Y
would be great.
Want to try Tai Chi- mama
I used to do some T'ai Chi and a video I really liked is called T'ai Chi for health Yang Long Form with Terry Dunn. You can have my copy if you
want to check it out. I live in El Cerrito.
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