Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why Tai Chi
A: It is an enjoyable exercise proven to prevent falls, and the same time, improves almost all aspects of health.
1. The Healthy Body
Studies have shown tai chi improves muscle strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, balance, and so much more.
2. The Healthy Mind
It is equally important to have a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.  Tai Chi, a mind/body exercise, brings serenity and confidence.
3. The Scientific Evidence
For example, The Gillespie review analyzed 111 scientific papers and found tai chi to be one of the most effective exercises to prevent falls for older adults. The world largest fall prevention study “Central Sydney Tai Chi Trial” has shown the Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention program effective at preventing falls.

Q: How can I find a good teacher?
A: Check out different teachers – ask first about their training and personal experience. Make sure the instructor demonstrates personal practice in his/her own life. Most of all, if what the teacher is offering feels good to you at every level of your being, then you’ve found a good teacher.

Q: Is there a certifying body for qigong / t’ai chi?
A: There is no national license body for tai chi or qigong.  There are credible membership organizations which keep a listing of credentialed instructors, including: Tai Chi for Health Institute (tchi.org), Healing Tao Instructors Association (HTIA),  Universal Healing Tao Instructors (UHT), National Qigong Association (nqa.org), Qigong Institute (qigong institute.org), American Tai Chi and Qigong Association (ATCA).

Q: How can I make time for this in my busy schedule?
A: We apply qigong principles to ordinary activities, moment by moment, by being aware of the breath, body, and mind. Qigong reconnects us to our natural rhythm, as we learn to listen within, resume balance and harmony with our true nature and with all that is – allowing us to be in charge of every activity in daily life. See my article about “The Way (Tao) of Time” and “A Tai Chi Life”.

Q: How long does it take to become proficient at tai chi / qigong?
A: With the help of a quality instructor, one may feel qi and the pleasurable results of playing qigong within the first session. Regular practice, a few minutes per day, while continuing to learn more skills from an instructor, will bring deeper, more satisfying results over your lifetime. What’s more, it is safe, portable, adaptable to various situations and conditions, requires no special equipment, is cost effective, and requires no special background or experience. Everyone can benefit. Simply start where you are and see what unfolds.

Q: How can I learn more about it?
A: There are many fine resources. For starters, check out information throughout this website,  subscribe to my monthly newsletter.   See resources sections of Tai Chi for Health Institute, National Qigong Association, the Qigong Institute, Universal Healing Tao, Healing Tao USA, American Tai Chi and Qigong Association, Harvard Medical School.

Q: What is Qigong?
A: Qigong (say ‘chee kung’) is the self-care corner stone of an ancient holistic healing system which teaches fun, simple, easy to learn practices anyone can learn and apply any time to foster wellness – body, mind, spirit. This is achieved by focus on natural breathing, body alignment, intention, slow and gentle movement – allowing one’s natural state of wellness to flourish. Practices can be adapted to all levels of mobility, no special clothing, equipment, or previous experience necessary…a natural gateway to playing t’ai chi.

Q: What is T’ai Chi?
A: (say ‘tie chee’) is a Qigong practice composed of a series of precise postures, engaging slow, smooth body movements, natural breath, moving meditation to achieve a state of relaxation of body and mind. Diligent practice of authentic t’ai chi ultimately brings one into a lifestyle of balance and harmony within and in relation to the greater universe.

Q: What does it offer?
A: These practices offer a system for personal transformation: Release tension/resistance/holding back; Live by your natural rhythms; Restore/maintain/increase vibrant energy / vibrant health; Transcend apparent physical boundaries/limitations; Gain freedom in your relationship with time; Consciously nourish your whole self – spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically; Shift the perceptions and beliefs you have about yourself; Return to a state of dynamic flow; BE the magnificent, radiant BEing you naturally are.

Q: What are the health benefits?
A: Complimentary therapies such as Qigong, T’ai Chi, Taoist Yoga are becoming mainstream and being integrated into medical care programs. Dr. Oz Says: “If you want to live to be 100, do qigong”. Studies in prestigious medical journals, such as The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Harvard Medical Review, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Mayo Clinic Proceedings, have shown that Qigong can be effectively used as a tool to: Manage Stress – foster calm and relaxation; increase energy, vitality, endurance, agility; improve overall feeling of well-being; relieve, eliminate pain; improve sleep quality; improve balance / reduce falling; improve flexibility and muscular strength; improve cardiovascular fitness; promote lymphatic drainage; enhance recovery from injury/surgery; improve mental clarity, memory; improve and maintain healthy immune system; promote hormonal balance; maintain/increase bone density; balance appetite and enhance digestion; foster social interaction/community; increase confidence. Regular practice can reduce risk or alleviate symptoms related to: arthritis; stroke; cancer; fibromyalgia; high-blood pressure; hypertension; depression.

Q: What can I Expect?
A: My classes and workshops, likewise the offerings of instructors trained, certified, mentored by me,  are designed to be accessible, enjoyable, and safe on all levels- spirit, mind, emotions, physical body.  And, with a progression and opportunity for those who are passionate about their own practice and personal development, to gain instructor certification in order to share these life enhancing practices with others.

Q: I’d like to write a testimonial for Heather,  how should I format it?

A: Wonderful!  Thank you.
Guidelines for Endorsements for Heather Chalon
I would like to have your endorsement for my website and other promotions. Here are some guidelines you can use to focus your remarks most usefully for me.
No need to respond to all of these themes; just pick one or two of the points that speak to what you have most liked and benefited from playing Qigong or T’ai chi with me.

I will also ask that in your endorsement, you specifically mention me by name. I will ask you to allow me to edit your remarks for length and impact (without changing your words!)
Qigong

  • Has your experience been in a class? a workshop? a private session?

 

  • What changes — physical, attitudinal, emotional — have you noticed over time as a result of your Qigong practice? (for example, ‘more open,’ ‘more relaxed,’ ‘joyful,’ ‘open-minded;’ the effects of medical therapies have been enhanced; a general sense of well-being)

 

  • Community — have you received positive feelings or benefits from playing in a group of people? In what ways?

 

  • Heather’s style as an instructor: what makes it special for you?

 

  • Anything else you would like to say?

 

 T’ai chi

  • Has your experience been in a class? a workshop? a private session?

 

  • What changes — physical, attitudinal, emotional — have you noticed over time as a result of your T’ai chi practice? (for example, ‘more open,’ ‘more relaxed,’ ‘joyful,’ ‘open-minded;’ the effects of medical therapies have been enhanced; a general sense of well-being)

 

  • Community — have you received positive feelings or benefits from playing in a group of people? In what ways?

 

  • Heather’s style as an instructor: what makes it special for you?

 

  • Anything else you would like to say?