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T’ai Chi Chih

Never mind the old motto “Give it your all.” T’ai Chi Chih is better characterized by the expression “It’s so lovely to do nothing, and rest afterwards.”

In fact, T’ai Chi Chih is one of the few things in your life that requires the least amount of effort you can bring to it. Straining for perfection will actually block the flow of chi, your life force.

Joy through movement

Created by Justin Stone, the nineteen fluid movements and two poses can be done by anyone, standing or seated. They help clear the obstructions to that life energy, so that it flows freely and brings you into balance. You can learn this form in eight hour-long sessions or in a weekend. And it’s fun to practice—it feels good!

Experienced T’ai Chi Chih teacher

Beverly McFarland has been an accredited T’ai Chi Chih teacher since 1994. She has shared her wisdom and skills with Road Scholars, elementary school students, church groups, UNM Continuing Education, rehabilitation facilities, spiritual retreat centers, senior retirement residences, and Rape Crisis.

Beverly includes T’ai Chi Chih in her Herbal Apprenticeship program to help students slow down and connect with the plant world (which moves considerably more slowly than humans do!).

Email Beverly (beverly@beverlymcfarland.com) for class schedules.

For more about T’ai Chi Chih and its many health benefits, visit the official website.

The circulation and balancing of the Chi is the great secret of life. —Justin Stone, originator of T’ai Chi Chih

I learned T’ai Chi Chih from Beverly during a health crisis. The effects of it, and my mentor Beverly, have been far-reaching as I continue my practice six years later. —Miriam

Practicing T’ai Chi Chih in the waning light of an evening surrounded by the beauty and peace of the mountain is a spiritual experience. —Carolyn