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Tai Chi

Tai Chi, the gentle form of exercise often called meditation in motion, has been practiced in China for hundreds of years. This ancient art helps relieve stress, increase strength and flexibility, improve balance, coordination and circulation. Its slow and graceful movements make it accessible to anyone, regardless of age or level of physical fitness. While Tai Chi improves overall physical and mental health, it is also an effective martial art. Class sizes are limited. The instructor, Gwen Roman has extensive experience in the Arts of Tai Chi and Jin Shin Jyutsu. She has extensive experience teaching Tai Chi and trains with Myles MacVane. Other teachers include Alex Dong, Master Bing, and Wang Feng-Ming. She has taught in Ridgefield for years. Weather make ups are added to the end of the session.

Beginning Tai Chi (Yang Long Form)
Tai Chi, described as “meditation in motion” is a centuries old Chinese discipline used for health, relaxation, meditation and self defense. Relaxation and inner calm and strength are emphasized. It can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age, sex or athletic ability. Tai Chi is considered a healing exercise. The instructor, Gwen Roman has extensive experience in the Arts of Tai Chi and Jin Shin Jyutsu. She has extensive experience teaching Tai Chi and trains with Myles MacVane. Other teachers include Alex Dong, Master Bing, and Wang Feng-Ming. She has taught in Ridgefield for years.


7 Sessions $ 84 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 63)
Wed., 5/2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 6/6 & 13 from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. East Ridge Middle School NOTE: Students continuing from Winter have snow dates of 6/20 & 27 added.


Tai Chi Intermediate (Continuing)
This intermediate class is for students who have completed the first level class. Tai Chi, described as “meditation in motion” is a centuries old Chinese discipline used for health, relaxation, meditation and self defense. Relaxation and inner calm and strength are emphasized. It can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age, sex or athletic ability. Tai Chi is considered a healing exercise. The instructor, Gwen Roman has extensive experience in the Arts of Tai Chi and Jin Shin Jyutsu. She has extensive experience teaching Tai Chi and trains with Myles MacVane. Other teachers include Alex Dong, Master Bing, and Wang Feng-Ming. She has taught in Ridgefield for years. Weather make ups are added to the end of the session.

7 Sessions $ 84 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 63)
Wed., 5/2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 6/6 & 13 from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. East Ridge Middle School NOTE: Students continuing from Winter have snow dates of 6/20 & 27 added.


Tai Chi Exercises (Beginner): the Natural Way to Promote Health
This first class consists of 35 basic Tai Chi exercises designed to promote better health, stress relief, balance and coordination, concentration, and internal organ massage. based on Step by Step Tai Chi: the Natural Way to Strength and Healing by Master Lam Kam Chuen. Instructor Rod Barfield, a former NYC teacher, has been doing these exercises since 1994 and has studied under Gwen Roman (bio and classes above) for the past 4 years.

7 Sessions $ 84 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 63)
Wed., 6/20, 27; 7/11, 18, 25; 8/1 & 8 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)



Qi Three

Qi Three with Frances Goulart
Learn to move the energy in your body and connect with the energy in the universe in this fusion of three workouts: Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates. You’ll strengthen your abs and back, gain flexibility, improve posture, coordination and balance -- in one 60 minute workout. Open to all levels. Bring a mat and water bottle.
Instructor Frances Sheridan Goulart is a certified yoga, pilates and yoga-lates instructor who has been teaching in Ridgefield and throughout Fairfield County for over a decade. She is also a certified clinical nutritionist and author of the newly released Super Immunity Foods (McGraw Hill) and Super Healing Foods (Prentice Hall).

7 Sessions $ 84 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. 63)
Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for summer or fall dates.


Qi Gong

Qi Gong: Level 1
In Chinese Medicine, the condition of one’s Qi is the most critical determinant of health status. This life force is omnipresent and can be transferred and absorbed. In this series, participants learn a set of Qi Gong exercises for self-cultivation of one’s Qi. Practicing these exercises can yield benefits in maintenance of good health and prevention of disease. The students first learn to sense and enhance the flow of Qi within the body and around the inner organs. Then the student learns to improve his/her Qi balance through meditation. The student will learn techniques for the expelling of bad Qi and the drawing in of good Qi from the outside. Students from prior classes are welcome back. Instructor Debbie Dong, owner of Meridians, a provider of Eastern Health Alternatives in Ridgefield. She has taught Qi Gong for many years.

4 Sessions $48 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $36)
Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for summer or fall dates.


Medical Questions:

We expect students to have consulted with their doctor before starting any new exercise program.