Free Tai Chi, Qigong Classes at Pima County Libraries  

tai chi fun for everyone!

tai chi fun for everyone!

As future classes are scheduled, they will be posted on this website and on the library events calendar

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Library Classes are free of charge and open to everyone.    

No experience required.  Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and flat, well-fitted shoes.

Bring water to drink.  Everyone can participate, even seated.

Tai Chi for Health is safe, effective, fun for anyone who is interested in learning about the ancient art of tai chi.   Known to improve balance, mental clarity, relieve pain, create overall feeling of well-being. Gentle movement.  Can be done in a chair. Qigong warm-ups and cool-downs, introducing 6 tai chi forms.


Oro Valley – Sept 18 thru Oct 16, 2017, 2:30pm-3:30pm

Kirk Bear Canyon –  Oct 2 thru Nov 6, 2017, 10am-11am


Golf Links – Oct 3 thru Nov 7, 4-5pm


Himmel Park- Oct 18-Nov 22, 2017, 2pm-3pm


Joyner Green Valley Library, 11:30am to 12:30.
Now through November 30, 2017. Join anytime.

Dusenberry Library, 1:30pm – 2:30pm,  Oct 19-Nov 30, 2017


Ajo/Mission Library, 10:30-11:30,  ONE introductory session October 6, 2017

NOTE: After November 30,  2017 the next series of classes will commence Summer of 2018.   Please check our calendar for classes in the community.   Our goal is to make Tai Chi for Health accessible to everyone, regardless of circumstances.

Visit the library website for further details:

Interested?  Click here to receive updates about workshops.

Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention

Tai Chi for Arthritis 2

Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis

Currently scheduled by Heather Chalon, MT

Casper, WY August 26-27, 2017

Tucson, AZ September 30-Oct 1, 2017

Havasu City, AZ October 26-27, 2017

Phoenix, AZ  October dates,  awaiting venue

register at

Mark your calendar!  Dr Lam, founder of TCHI will be joining us from Sydney in 2018.    Two events in Phoenix.    October 26, 2018,  Enhancing Sun 73.  October 27-28, 2018  Exploring the Depth of TCA/FP, incl. TCA2.

Just For Fun Pricing for all Tai Chi enthusiasts

Tai Chi for Arthritis; Fall Prevention workshop February 4-5, 2016 Tucson, AZ

Tai Chi for Arthritis; Fall Prevention workshop  Tucson, AZ

These workshops are designed for certification instructors to safely and effectively offer classes in their community.

  1. Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention (core Tai Chi for Health Program)

An application form, questionnaire, and release will be sent to all who register.
All participants will receive a certificate; however,only participants who fulfill the requirements
will be certified to teach this program.

This Workshop is designed for:
Tai chi students or teachers
Fall prevention professionals
Physical / Occupational therapists
Exercise instructors
Arthritis educators or individuals working
with arthritis programs
Sports medicine professionals
Other health care professionals
Rheumatology professionals
Other individuals interested in tai chi

CEU Credits –2 day workshop 14 credits
(TCAFP) 3-day workshop 21 credits -contact
hours for CEUs for Physical Therapists (PTs &
PTAs), Occupational Therapists (OTs and
OTAs), Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical
Nurses (LPN), Licensed Mental Health Technicians
(LMHT), & American College of Sports
Medicine Certified Professionals (ACSMP).
$30 extra charge for CEU Certificate

An abundance of current medical research shows the practice of tai chi has excellent health benefits and very low risk of injury. Because of this, many doctors are recommending it to their patients. This has increased the demand for classes and instructors. Most facilities require certification of their instructors.

2. Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2.

Instructor Certification.   Additional Tai chi movements include the key forms in traditional sun style.  Deepen understanding of the TCA program, teaching mehtodology, how to teach TCA / TCAFP effectively. This is a great workshop for taking next steps once you are comfortable with TCA / TCAFP, a way to offer participants more breadth and depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention.

3. Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis

Instructor Certification. Deepen understanding of the TCA program, teaching methodology, how to teach effectively for seated participants.

Workshop Details
Dates: TCAFP April 20-21,2017.  TCA 2  April 22.  Seated TCA April 23.
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Junior League of Tucson, AZ
2099 E River Rd
Registration Fee includes certificate, tea & light snacks.
Resource material not included but can be purchased at Registrants receive 20% workshop attendee discount with their order (promo code given upon registration).
Teaching Tai Chi Effectively (book)
Tai Chi for Arthritis DVD (2 DVD set)
Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis (DVD)
It is required that participants have or purchase and study the DVD(s) and book prior to the workshop.

About the Instructors
Becky Rahe, Master Trainer, from Toledo OH, began teaching tai chi and qigong in 2004. She works with Dr. Lam taking the Tai Chi for Health Programs across the United States. Becky brings varied experience in different styles of tai chi and forms including Yang,Chen, Sun, and other forms of qigong. Master Trainers are personally trained and authorized by Dr. Lam to conduct Tai Chi for Health Instructor Workshops.
Heather Chalon, MPH, Master Trainer in Training, from Tucson AZ began her tai chi and qigong journey while living in China in the mid-1980s. She has been teaching for nearly two decades. She is an expert in Wu Style Tai Chi chuan, Universal Healing Tao practices, and as a Public Health Consultant, has been working with Dr. Paul Lam since 2011 bringing the health benefits of tai chi, specifically Sun Style, to Arizona and the Southwestern US.

What is Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention?
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention (TCA;FP), designedby Australian family physician Paul Lam and a team
of tai chi and medical experts, is based on the Sun style tai chi. TCA is easy to learn, effective, and safe, yet has much depth for more advanced learners. Clinical and research studies show this program to be safe and effective for people with arthritis. It is also endorsed by the CDC as one of their recommended Fall Prevention programs and is one of the highest level evidence based programs of the Agency on Aging.

Seated Tai Chi Training February 6, 2016 Tucson AZ

Seated Tai Chi Training  Tucson AZ

Common Benefits of Tai Chi
Fall Prevention
Better balance and coordination
Builds muscle strength & stamina
Improves posture & biomechanics
Improves circulation
Enhances Immune System
Enhances flow of energy
Promotes flexibility
Improves stress management
Anyone can benefit from coming to this workshop whether you plan to teach or not… You will enjoy learning this beautiful set of tai chi.

Registration / Payment
Register for one or both workshops online at Payment details will be sent upon registration.

Questions? Contact Workshop Facilitator Heather Chalon, MPH at


TCAFP        $250/2 days.
Add TCA + $50 (pre-workshop assignment due April 3)

Update/recert $150.  (Day 2 required, recommend both days.  Same price.)

Just for Fun $125

TCA 2        $150              JFF $75

STCA         $150              JFF $75


4 Days,certs $400

TCAFP + 1 day $375


Proof of current CPR is required for re-certification and TCHI Board Certified Instructor status.

If there is enough interest a CPR/BLS class can be offered on one of the evenings. $30.

Updates – $40 per update.  Assignments completed 10 days prior to workshop, or with approved exception.  currently available updates from Heather Chalon, MT – Tai Chi for Arthritis, TCA for Fall Prevention, TCA 2, Seated TCA.

Professional continuing education credits (CEUs) are offered for all workshops.  14 CEUs for the two day workshop $30 / 6.5 CEUs for each of the one day workshops $15 per day.

Detailed directions and hotel information will be sent to all registered participants.
(contact Heather if you are interested in shared housing accommodations…)

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 28, 2018

Please mark your calendar for Saturday April 2, 2018.  And if you are not already on my mailing list, please join so we can let you know about World Tai Chi and Qigong Day and other events: click here to sign up for announcements

This annual event is a world-wide movement:  One World, One Breath.  We gather in a park,  gathering qi from around the world, blessing it with our Tucson love and compassion, and sending it on to the next time zone.  It is an amazing experience.

Also in April:   Public Health Week.   Second week of April. Watch for us at public events, such as University of Arizona, Confucious Institute Chinese Health Day.