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Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Exercises, and Tai Chi (Yang Long Form) - Scroll down for many options for Tai Chi, both In Person and on Zoom


Tai Chi (Yang Long Form)

Tai Chi Form classes are in person - either in a school or public building (the morning classes go outside when the weather is good).

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.


Beginning Tai Chi (Yang Long Form)
Tai Chi, described as meditation in motion is a centuries old Chinese discipline used for health, relaxation, and meditation. 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. Taught by Gwen Roman (Wednesday evening), Therese Rayfield (Wednesday morning) and Rod Barfield (Thursday morning). Make up, if needed, is added to the end of the session.
* 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 since 2005.
* Therese Rayfield has studied Yang Style Taijii Chuan with Gwen Roman since 2015. Gwen says her energy is smooth, her flow is continuous, and invites you to come join her on her Taijii Journey.
* Rod Barfield, a former NYC teacher, has been doing Tai Chi exercises since 1994 and has studied the Tai Chi Form under Gwen Roman for seven years.



Wednesday Evening (Summer) with Therese Rayfield

7 Sessions $ 87 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 74)
Wed., 6/29; 7/6, 13, 20, 27; 8/3, 24 from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. at Veterans Park School - Outdoors (class will meet at Veterans Park School under the front overhang if weather is raining and at an indoors location if rain is heavy. Students will be notified.).
NOTE: No class 8/10 or 17.

Wednesday Evening with Gwen Roman

8 Sessions $ 100 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 85)
Wed., 9/21, 28; 10/12, 19, 26; 11/2, 9, 16 from 6 to 6:50 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School

Wednesday Morning with Therese Rayfield

8 Sessions $ 100 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 85)
Wed., 9/21, 28; 10/12, 19, 26; 11/2, 9, 16 from 10 to 10:50 a.m. at the Annex (class will meet outdoors when the weather permits).

Continuing classes - please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com or phone (203) 431-2812 for information. Current students will automatically be emailed the new information. Class size limited.


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. Taught by Gwen Roman (Wednesday evening) and Rod Barfield (Friday morning). Make up, if needed, is added to the end of the session.
* 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 since 2005.
* Rod Barfield, a former NYC teacher, has been doing Tai Chi exercises since 1994 and has studied the Tai Chi Form under Gwen Roman for seven years.

Friday Morning with Rod Barfield

4 Sessions remain in the current class
Fri., 8/12, 19, 26; 9/2 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.; Outdoors (Annex when weather prohibits an outdoor class)


8 Sessions $ 100 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 85)
Fri., 9/9, 16, 23, 30; 10/7, 14, 21, 28 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.; Outdoors (Annex when weather prohibits an outdoor class)


8 Sessions $ 100 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 85)
Fri., 11/4, 18; 12/2, 9, 16, 1/6, 13, 20 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.; Outdoors (Annex when weather prohibits an outdoor class)



Wednesday Evening with Gwen Roman

8 Sessions $ 100 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 85)
Wed., 9/21, 28; 10/12, 19, 26; 11/2, 9, 16 from 5 to 5:50 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School


Continuing classes - please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com or phone (203) 431-2812 for information. Current students will automatically be emailed the new information. Class size limited.


Tai Chi Exercises


Tai Chi Exercises (Beginner): the Natural Way to Promote Health
This class is a meditation in motion and a full body workout combined, all done standing (no mat). 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. These exercises are based on Step by Step Tai Chi: the Natural Way to Strength and Healing by Master Lam Kam Chuen. Please have a set of 2 or 3 pound weights and a water bottle available. Instructor Rod Barfield, a former NYC teacher, has been doing Tai Chi exercises since 1994 and has studied the Tai Chi Form under Gwen Roman for seven years. Make up date, if needed, is added to an open date or the end of the session.

Tuesday Morning: via Zoom

7 Sessions $ 88 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 75)
Tue., 8/16, 23, 30; 9/6, 13, 20, 27 from 10 to 11 a.m.; Zoom


7 Sessions $ 88 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 75)
Tue., 10/4, 11, 18, 25; 11/1, 8, 15 from 10 to 11 a.m.; Zoom


7 Sessions $ 88 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 75)
Tue., 11/29; 12/6, 13; 1/10, 17, 24, 31 from 10 to 11 a.m.; Zoom



Wednesday Evening: In Person

7 Sessions $ 88 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 75)
Wed., 8/17, 24, 31; 9/7, 14, 21, 28 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School - outdoors (meets at the Annex if the weather is poor).

7 Sessions $ 88 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 75)
Wed., 10/12, 19, 26; 11/2, 9, 16, 30
from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School

7 Sessions $ 88 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 75)
Wed., 12/7, 14; 1/11, 18, 25; 2/1, 8
from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School


Thursday Morning: In Person

1 Session remains in current class - Thur., 8/18 from 10 to 11 a.m.; Annex

5 Sessions $ 63 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 54)
Thur., 8/25; 9/1, 15, 22, 29 from 10 to 11 a.m.; Annex


7 Sessions $ 88 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 75)
Thur., 10/13, 20, 27; 11/3, 10, 17; 12/1 from 10 to 11 a.m.; Annex

7 Sessions $ 88 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 75)
Thur., 12/8, 15; 1/12, 19, 26; 2/2, 9 from 10 to 11 a.m.; Annex



Medical Questions:

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