TAI CHI & QIGONG
FOR
HEALTH

Tai Chi and cardiac rehabilitation, by Mayo Clinic.

Many doctors and other health care professionals now suggest to their patients that they take up Tai Chi for its known health benefits. Although they’re right about the health benefits, very few doctors practice Tai Chi themselves, so they don’t realize how complex normal Tai Chi choreography can be, and how long and difficult the learning curve is before you get to the “good stuff” health-wise.

In some places, like the Mayo Clinic (see video below), special "easy" Tai Chi classes have been developed for patients in recovery. This is a wonderful way to introduce a simplified version of Tai Chi to those who need it most. At the present time, however, we do not offer "easy Tai Chi". Therefore, if you have serious health recovery issues, we suggest you check out the list below of local

health-oriented Tai Chi classes.


You should also consider Qigong. Qigong (“chi-gung”) is a health art, while

Tai Chi is a martial art. Qigong is also the root of Tai Chi. Qigong will therefore get you to the good stuff health-wise faster and far more directly than Tai Chi, while at the same time building the foundation skills and experience necessary for Tai Chi, should you eventually decide to go that route.

Recreational Tai Chi

UCSF Mission Bay (look under "Mind/Body").
Membership required. Open to the community.
Bakar is a great fitness center – pools, weight room,
many kinds of group exercise classes.
Currently taught by one of our faculty members.

Tai Chi at Millberry Fitness and Recreation Center
UCSF Parnassus.
Membership required. Open to the community.
Millberry is a great fitness center – pools, weight room,
many kinds of group exercise classes.
Currently taught by one of our faculty members.

Open to the community.

Therapeutic Tai Chi

Tai Chi Chih at Kaiser
A form of modified Tai Chi for health.
Open to the community.
Best for those older or with serious health issues. 

Qigong
Open to the community.