Barbara has been practicing Tai Chi for over 15 years. Her interest in Tai Chi began in 1998 when she developed pain in her muscles and joints. As an active individual, she wanted an exercise that was easier on her body than standard biking, swimming or running routines. She began taking Tai Chi classes at a continuing education program in her community, supplementing with self-instruction from videos and public television programs. When she moved to Oregon in 2006, Barbara practiced the eight basic energies and the 24-movement form with a local group, but after four years of informal practice, she wanted more advanced instruction in Weapons and Push Hands.
When she joined the center in October of 2014, she started with the beginner Hand Form class. Barbara eventually learned the 103-movement form, moving on to study Push Hands, Sword Form and Saber Form. Barbara found solace in Dr. Fox’s Meditation and Medical Qigong classes, which have helped her with pain management and relaxation techniques. These practices have been especially beneficial in helping treat her fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
Barbara believes in the power of Tai Chi to promote a general feeling of well-being, increased strength, flexibility, stamina, coordination, and improved posture. Tai Chi is a holistic approach of mind, body and spirit, offering a complete mind-body workout. Her Gentle/Restorative Tai Chi class is the perfect option for anyone with physical limitations such as back, neck and knee problems.
Classes Barbara teaches: Gentle/Restorative Tai Chi, Beginner Tai Chi Chuan, Guided Tai Chi Practice, 1st Section and 2nd Section Tai Chi Chuan