Day 2, Check!

Thanks to everyone for tuning in today! 35 viewers! Thank you to all of you for your great comments.

Tomorrow's schedule

10:00 AM One hour Intermediate Tai Chi. Going to detail the "advanced 6" movements of the Tai Chi for Arthritis form. Then planning on running through the form several times.

11:15 AM Half hour Meditation. We will do a guided progressive relaxation meditation.

12:00 Noon One hour Advanced Tai Chi. Either Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation or Shibashi

On-line Teaching

It is great to be able to use this tool to reach my students during this time in our lives. As little as a month ago no one could have dreamed of this scenario. I teach a lot of classes with a wide range of abilities; from students in a wheel chair, students with cognitive issues, to people with significant balance issues all the way to one class where we are learning the full Sun 73 form. We are up to move 53. Some of my students have been doing the Tai Chi for Arthritis form for many years, some have never seen the form before, much less tried it.

When I am in front of a class I can look at my students and knowing their abilities I know what I need to teach them that day. This is a new situation for me, not knowing who exactly I'm teaching to. I'm trying to cover the wide range of students while keeping everyone safe. In planning these classes I decided it was best to go back to the basics and build from there. By doing it this way we can all be on the same page. For the beginners they can not be thrown into an overwhelming situation and get frustrated or worse, injure themselves. An advantage of being recorded is you can go back through the videos and review them till you feel you know the material, then advance at your own rate.

For the veterans it is a great opportunity to review and improve your form. To improve your Tai Chi it is important to continue to review and improve. I have been a student of Tai Chi for over 15 years now and I am constantly going through this process. That is one reason why I constantly am going to workshops and training sessions. I learn something each time and I constantly work on improving my form.

During this time I am trying to offer Tai Chi to all my students at all the ability levels. It is important that we all continue to work together to get through this time. The beginners may feel pushed and the veterans may feel not pushed enough. I'm working at trying to cover everyone with all of their different passions. Please be patient while we work through this.

Finally I am not trying to teach my classes according to the day/time that I was teaching them. So if you are used to coming to a certain class at a certain time what I am teaching on line at that time will probably not be the same. I started with the basics on line and plan to build from there. Each class building on the next. If you are creature of habit and like to do Tai Chi at the same time every week, just pick the video that best corresponds with what you want to do at that time.

Keep reaching out to your fellow students. Let's stay in community.

Thanks to all!


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