I am taking a break from teaching for the next month. My regular classes at the Regent Centre will resume the first week after Thanksgiving. The first class back will be Friday, October 17. Tai Chi for Beginners starts on Saturday, October 18.
During this month, Gillianne Shaver will still be running Wednesday classes (1:15-2:15pm) at the Regent Centre. These classes focus on Tai Chi for Beginners. Gillianne will stop accepting new students on September 24, however, so join on or before that date if you want to be a part of the Wednesday afternoon class.
One of the things I always try to emphasize to my students and clients is that Tai Chi and Qigong are very powerful tools for self-healing and self-improvement on all levels. The only problem is that you have to actually practice!
In order to keep my teaching up to date and to keep myself in a good place, I am constantly refining my own technique and abilities. This includes adding new skills and making sure I spend time on my meditation, Qigong and Tai Chi exercise, as well as the other internal martial arts I practice. This means that for every hour of class I teach, I do at least an hour and a half of my own practice.
I'm mentioning this because I think it's important for you to know how I approach Tai Chi and Qigong for myself. I don't know if you've ever had cause to think about it, but when it comes to practices like Tai Chi and Qigong, or anything that is at its core about personal development, your teacher is only as good as his or her own practice. My promise to my students is that I will never stop deepening my own practice, so I can always bring fresh insight to class.
This year I'm taking a month away to recharge my batteries and focus on my own practice so I can return to class fresh after Thanksgiving. The Dundurn Park session on September 17 will be my last class until I return on Friday, October 17 for the regular advanced Tai Chi session. After that, we'll be following the regular winter schedule, which you can read about here:
If I don't see you before I leave, I hope to see you when I return! Have a spectacular end of summer / beginning of fall.