Wu Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan

With Qi Gong and Self Care Training as taught by Lyrea Crawford

The next beginning class will start October 8, 2014. The beginning/intermediate class runs from 6:45 to 8:30 PM each Wednesday and is held in the "Vitality Center" at 18980 County Hwy D, between West Lima and Bloom City. More generally, this location is between Richland Center and LaFarge, WI. Click here for a map

If you have studied with me previously and are interested in a refresher, you are invited to join the advanced class that meets on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:45 PM, or the beginner/intermediate class which starts at 6:45. Each September, the previous beginner/intermediate group joins the advanced group to make room for the new beginners.

Please note the following adjustments to the on-going every Wednesday T’ai Chi schedule: No classes will be held on November 5, December 10, December 24 or December 31, 2014.

Please contact Lyrea with any inquiries about T'ai Chi. Call (608) 383-3589 or click here to send an email.

The Wu Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan class activates and fosters the flow of Chi/Qi (vital life force) in the body, allowing participants to access health benefits, a sense of well-being and tranquility of mind. T’ai Chi Ch’uan is an ancient oriental exercise discipline characterized by graceful flowing movements done at a slow tempo with gentle shifts of weight from one side of the body to the other. During the practice, the mind and body are harmonized through a kind of concentrated but relaxed attention. T’ai Chi is both an external and internal art, and has been called “meditation in motion.” There is mounting evidence that T’ai Chi may assist in lowering blood pressure, preventing falls in the elderly, and easing a variety of other conditions.

Participants in this class learn the complete Traditional Long Form of Wu Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan consisting of 108 movement sequences. Instruction goes far beyond the simple presentation of these movements however, and focuses on proper breathing, awareness of the energy flow in the body, and the philosophical basis of the discipline. The study of the Wu Style form is supplemented by Qi Gong and a variety of Self Care techniques designed to gently open and prepare the body for the practice.

Lyrea's Background

Lyrea originally studied Wu Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan with the late Grandmaster Chian Ho Yin in Milwaukee during the early 1980’s. This excellent foundation has since been amplified through additional T’ai Chi and Qi Gong training with Marilyn Allysum of Minneapolis, and several others. Lyrea gained much understanding of the concepts of energy flow, breath, the Chinese Meridian/Acupoint system and the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine through a variety of additional studies including the Practitioner of Healing Arts program at Windemere Institute of Healing Arts, and her Therapeutic Yoga training. Lyrea is a nationally certified and state licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Oriental Bodywork. She offers instruction in Traditional Thai Massage, Therapeutic Yoga, Reiki, and a meditation method called the Ishayas’ Ascension.

Fees and Attendance Information

The fee structure is designed to encourage a certain level of commitment to this practice. One cannot truly learn the essence of T’ai Chi or achieve long-lasting results in just a few lessons. Instead it requires regular practice, and instruction which supports the student at each step of his or her unfoldment. It takes approximately one year to learn the 108 movement sequence, but true mastery of T'ai Chi is a lifelong endeavor.

Thus, students make their payments in advance for 4 week increments, not by the individual class. The basic price is $50 for 4 weeks (7 hours) of class. Students may save $10 by paying $90 in advance for 8 weeks of class or they may save $30 by paying $120 in advance for 12 weeks of class. The prices mentioned here are for cash or check paid directly to Lyrea.

You can also pay for 12 weeks in advance using the Paypal button below. In this case the fee is $125 for 12 weeks.

There will be no prorating or refunding of fees if a student misses a class. Lyrea will notify students by phone if class is cancelled due to inclement weather or for other reasons. In that case, that week will not count as a week of class.

If a student misses a class, every attempt will be made to help them “catch up” during the next regularly scheduled class. Since the T’ai Chi form is taught in a sequence with each movement building upon the previous movements, a private lesson will be suggested if a student misses 2 or more consecutive classes. Private lessons are available at $40 per hour.

Beginning students will pay a one-time $15 manual/handout fee, and will be given a folder containing some introductory materials. Handouts will be provided in class on an ongoing basis at no charge, and will be added to the folder to create the full class manual.

Questions and Registration

Please contact Lyrea with questions. Phone (608) 383-3589 or click here to send an email.

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