Tai Chi Program

Find balance and improve strength with the Living Well Center® Tai Chi Program.

What is Tai Chi?

Taiji, better know as "Tai Chi" has a literal translation meaning "grand extreme boxing," but its simple, gentle movements means it is suitable for people of all ages and stages of fitness. It is an internal martial art rooted in Chinese concepts of balance.

Tai Chi is a mindfulness approach that employs slow and fast intentional movements, breathing techniques, and a rich array of cognitive tools to relax, integrate and strengthen the body and mind. Tai Chi is practiced for health, personal development, and self-defense.

What are the Benefits?

Recent medical research supports that Tai Chi can improve balance, musculoskeletal strength and flexibility, cardio-respiratory function, cognitive function, immune function, and emotional well-being. 

Program Details

  • Classes: Eight 60-minute weekly classes. The next 8-week session begins Tuesday, June 7, 2022.
  • Format: Virtual and in-person classes begin Tuesday, June 7. Virtual classes are offered on 12pm-1pm and in-person classes are offered at the WashU Living Well Center from 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Cost: $160

What to Expect

Tai Chi classes at the Living Well Center are designed specifically for participants of all skill levels. Modifications for movements are available, and each class is led by an expertly-trained instructor.

You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of Tai Chi, including relaxing and mindful movement, proper structural alignment and breath awareness. Participants learn a foundational set of qigong exercises, silk reeling exercises, and meditation in sitting, lying down and standing. 

The gentle movements of the introduction are intended to help you release stagnant energy, enhance the immune system, decrease joint pain and improve strength and balance. 

These classes will help to build a solid foundation for people who want to learn a longer form of Tai Chi practice.

Learning tips for participants: 

  • You are invited to practice at home between classes. 15 - 30 minutes of daily practice is recommended and important to develop the habit of self-cultivation. 
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes and soft-sole shoes.
  • Keep a small journal or notebook to take notes during class.

About the Instructor

Shawn Tucker is a master teacher of Hunyuan Taiji, a physical therapist and owner of Brentwood Center of Health. He began practicing Taiji in the mid ‘90s, and at the 2012 International Hunyuan Taiji Competition in Beijing, Shawn earned a gold medal in Advanced 24 Form. In 2018, JJ Meehan of St Louis Internal Arts awarded Shawn with Master Teacher status in Hunyuan Taiji and Qigong.

Shawn’s career is rooted in support for patients with injury and chronic disease as a holistic and integrative healthcare provider. He has married the foundational lessons of Tai Chi and Qigong with his expertise as a physical therapist, developing an easy-to-learn form of self-care. 

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