Throughout my life I have always struggled with balance. The klutzy child, precarious on frozen ground, snow, gravel and slippery slopes. I started studying Yang family tai chi with Holly Sweeney-Hillman over a decade ago in an effort to re-establish some balance in my body. I found tai chi frustrating at first, but as I continued my study I not only became more balanced but my entire body felt stronger, more agile and flexible. The concentration required for the movements also help develop a larger neural pathway so that I can now easily move hands and feet in opposite directions and my thinking and comprehension have improved.
An additional benefit has been to my horse who appreciates a balanced rider making his work easier and my husband has appreciated the improvements to his golf swing from his own tai chi forays. Other friends have found tai chi to strengthen their abilities in archery, dance, climbing and other activities.
There is a lot of interest in tai chi as each year there are more studies published which confirm its benefits to body and mind. I felt there was a need to spread its availability so I pursued and achieved my certification for teaching the hand form through the Yang Family Tai Chi Association’s North American Teachers Academy certification program. As a tai chi teacher, I particularly enjoy disassembling a movement and breaking it down into parts which helps establish confidence and a firm foundation for my students.
Currently I teach seasonal tai chi courses with the Bernards Township Recreation Department and am the presiding tai chi instructor for the community at Laurel Circle Assisted Living Facility. In the Fall of 2019 I will also be teaching at the Oldwick Library in Oldwick and the Yang Family Tai Chi Center in Pottersville, NJ. If you can not join a class and want individual lessons or if you are part of a group interested in starting a tai chi program I would welcome the opportunity to work with you.