Class Overview

Tai Chi for Health & Balance | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Tai Chi is a health sustaining exercise and a tool for improved body awareness.

Practiced by the elderly for balance and circulation and the young for relaxation and martial arts, it is a wonderful holistic activity for all ages.

During this class, you'll learn:

  • The Yang Tai Chi short form, which is comprised of 35 individual movements
  • Chi Kung, a warm-up exercise and relaxation activity with 18 movements
  • Elements of Chinese Medical Philosophy, such as Yin/Yang theory and Five Elements transformation
  • The basics of Taoist philosophy

We'll focus on learning the entire Yang short form, and you'll receive guidance in developing your own regular practice at home.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn basic warm-up stretches to improve your overall movement
  • Discover the Yang-style short form of Tai Chi
  • Practice the Yang-style under the direction of an expert instructor
  • Gain knowledge about the history and background of Tai Chi

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Individuals seeking a low-impact exercise routine
  • Anyone interested in improving their coordination and balance
  • People interested in developing their focus, relaxation and overall wellness

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Student Testimonials

This class is a perfect way to end the work day. Gentle warm-up movements, focused movements, kind reminders that wherever we are is just right -- it doesn't matter if we've been practicing for years or this is the first time -- sprinkled with laughter, good humor, and wonderful classmates. These are the ingredients that inspire me to continue with the class. -- Debra


I am a 71 year old woman who was having balance problems, such as falling off my bicycle. After only a few weeks of taking Richard's class, I was falling much less. He is a great teacher: Serious, knowledgeable, fun, patient and kind. -- Cassandra


I have taken Richard’s class at Seattle Central for over four years. Besides being extremely well-versed in massage,Tai Chi, martial arts and more arcane whole body healing methods, I would classify Richard as a Shaman of Kinesiology. He has expertise in the movement of body and mind throughout life. -- John


I had only a vague idea of Tai Chi positions before -- this course really improved my practice and my posture and balance in general. I enjoy the group interaction and the instructor, and of course the Tai Chi.


I appreciate how he can adjust the class to accommodate folks at different levels of experience and ability and support individual progress as well. -- Karen Sakata

Instructor, Location & Fee

  • Instructor: Richard Aries
  • Where: Online: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
  • Fee: $199