T’ai Chi Ch’uan
Beginner Class: Thursdays, 11:15 – 12:15 pm
Ongoing Beginner classes: Mondays, 11:15 – 12:15 pm and Saturdays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Ongoing classes at various levels: Sat./Sun./Mon./Tues./Thurs.
Tuition: $140/10 week session (one class per week)
For a complete schedule, to register, or for more informtaion see www.swartztaichi.com
T’ai Chi Ch’uan is an ancient Chinese form of moving meditation that combines mindfulness, coordination of breathing and a graceful series of deliberate body movements. It evolved in China as an art of self-defense and took it’s philosophical base from Taoism – a philosophy that encourages yielding and “going with the flow” rather than aggression and offensive action.
Intense concentration and focus are required in order to perform the T’ai Chi movements. It thus becomes a moving meditation. The body moves, the mind remains quiet and focused. All distracting thoughts are eliminated. We experience the eternal now. Because of the emphasis on correct body mechanics, alignment, balance and mental focus, T’ai Chi can improve sport, dance and any human endeavor.
Studies have shown many health benefits of T’ai Chi, including: improvement of balance, prevention of falls, lowering blood pressure, strengthening bones, increasing circulation, strengthening the heart, improving memory, relaxation, meditation and stress reduction.
STAN SWARTZ has studied T’ai Chi Ch’uan since 1973 with four senior students of Grand Master Cheng Man-ching: Robert W. Smith, Patrick Watson, Tam Gibbs and Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo. Stan has taught in Europe, Puerto Rico, Florida and New York City. In 1982 he returned to Pittsburgh offering beginning through advanced level classes.
PATTY SWARTZ has been studying T’ai Chi Ch’uan with Stan since 1988, also participating in workshops with Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo. Patty teaches the Eight Methods of T’ai Chi for beginning students, T’ai Chi form classes, T’ai Chi workshops for Equestrians and private lessons for students with physical limitations.
Visit www.swartztaichi.com and call Stan & Patty Swartz @ 412.421.8580 for information and to register for class.