Teaching Taijiquan to Yogis

Teaching Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) to Yogis

It’s been a month i have been teaching Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) in a gym which specializes in Yoga, so, all my students there have been practicing Yoga for some time. When i was hired, i had no idea what to expect – i had never attended a Yoga class. All i knew about Yoga was hear-say and second-hand, even tough i have a deep admiration for Yoga.

The gym has been established for 6 years now, and it has built a reputation of having good teachers. There are three large rooms, the largest one can host a Yoga class for 40 students. I estimate i could teach 15 to 20 taijiquan (tai chi chuan) students there, depending on the form being taught. There’s an organic restaurant, nice locker rooms, and sauna. Pretty much all one could ask. My classes are from 7:15 to 8:15 am, a good time to practice for those starting a work day.

So what about the students? Well, i have been plesantly surprised. All of them are very serious about learning, and in a natural way, because they all seem genuinely interested in what i have to tell them. They seem to wish for a deep transformation of their bodies, just what the goal in Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) is, so they stand the practice and willingly cope with the burning in the legs that the postures cause. And they are all very respectfull towards the teacher and the classroom, which is really a sign of respect to the art itself.
Most importantly, their minds are already used to focusing. Their bodies respond much quicker than it would be normal for the time they had taijiquan (tai chi chuan) lessons, because the mind is already there.

As i said, it has been a pleasant surprise. I am curious to see how they will be in a year, i suppose they will develop faster than usual. Thank you, if you are one of my students at Nirvana, for such a rewarding experience!