School of Empty Stretching ~ Tai Chi for Balance and Health


“Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan”

A cycle of five classes

Commencing Monday, February 26 at 11AM and each Monday thereafter

440 Lafayette St. Studio 3G

Attire: not restrictive – flat shoes are preferable

Cost: Introductory offer of $25 per class or $110 for the series – with registration. Cash or credit

To register, please email

About tai chi / taiji

  • Taiji is a system of movement exercise
  • Origins are in a place now called China
  • T’ai chi ch’uan, or taijiquan, is often described as a martial art and is a solid compliment to those arts, but, like yoga, can be considered within a broader context, a system of health incorporating body, mind & whatever lies beyond.

Alleged benefits

  • Good for body because it massages the organs and stimulates the channels that flow between the organs. This leads to better health from the inside out.
  • Good for mind because it is practiced with directed vision that stimulates the brain and helps to establish new and positive neural paths.
  • Good for whole human because, with body and mind tuned, you are free to focus on what is important to you, free from days characterized by swings between the needs of the one and the desires of the other.

The program

Although the emphasis is always on taijiquan, instruction covers various components which are not so much separate and sequential, but go to and fro, reinforcing each other and adding stability to the process

  • Yang style taijiquan: There are 108 moves in the style that Yang Lu-ch’an passed indirectly down to Yang Chengfu. As you internalize the movements, your body will highlight—through heat or discomfort—the places where your store the normal stress and strain of life. There are ten essentials, or fundamentals, of practice that will help you regain natural movement, where parts come into alignment thereby reducing fatigue on the system.
  • Thirteen archaic postures: It is believed that the thirteen archaic postures are derived from two threads: sacred dance and 30,000 year old shamanic movements that mimic various animal behaviors. These postures are the roots of the movements and are the links to taijiquan’s ancient heritage.
  • Qi gong: A cousin to yoga, the study of qi gong will expand your knowledge, allow you to become intimate with the channels and teach you how to listen to your 12 major organs using specific techniques.


The instructor is Hugh (Jack) Sinclair. He has studied taijiquan and qi gong for twenty-eight years. Since 2003, he has studied under Sat Hon, 21st Generation Lunmeng – Dragon Gate School – transmission.

Instruction available for individuals & groups, private & corporate.