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North Country Tai Chi practices in Heuvelton too!
Take a step back in time and join us for Tai Chi practice at Historic Pickens Hall in downtown Heuvelton. Big thanks go out to our friend David Kingsley for helping us expand into this warm space and community.
If you are new to us, a prospective student, or soon intend to Try Tai Chi, please don't be shy, come by and see us in action. Before you know it, you'll be feeling great and having fun. Please read through the Heuvelton specific information on this page, but also feel free to browse the general information available throughout the rest of this website. Thanks for visiting and see you in class!
Current Heuvelton Course Offerings
Intermediate Level Tai Chi - Monday/ Wednesday 10-11 AM Prerequisite: Tai Chi Basics Course
Our Intermediate Tai Chi class centers on the 24 movements of Yang style Tai Chi and another form called the "Gate of Life." We also incorporate stretching, a standing meditation, and a cool down. Sean Boutin will introduce you to the subtle ways that Tai Chi theory and practice infuse balance into your body and overall sense of wellbeing. North Country Tai Chi's approach to learning is "classical" meaning you are introduced to a system that you begin to feel and intuit, slowly becoming something mastered and expressed. Sean is there to introduce you to the principles and guide you through the sequence of steps. It's as easy as that!
Tai Chi Basics - Monday/ Wednesday 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
At North Country Tai Chi, no class is more important than our Tai Chi Basics course. All Tai Chi is "rooted in the feet, directed by the waist, and expressed by the hands". Master Sean established this basics course to give each student the chance to plant and grow solid roots by an informed practice.
Our basics class removes the pressure to learn in a forced way or to advance by simply mimicking a teacher or advanced students. From the first day, Master Sean will help you to feel these basic movements confidently within yourself.
In Tai Chi Basics, we learn one simple thing at a time; our bodies absorb that simplicity as a sort of memory of movement. Repetition of this intelligent movement yields the simple grace for which Tai Chi is known and from which the health benefits are derived.
From a technical point of view, we will use and encounter the following seven movements:
Four arm movements 1) repulsing monkey 2) waving hands at clouds 3) brushing knee, 4) parting the horse's mane
Master Sean expresses a particular point of view about beginners: there are no "rookies" in Tai Chi, only folks with an infinite potential to learn at their own pace. He also teaches with this grounding philosophy: "first class, last class: same."
If that sounds like a nice way to learn, then please join us for a Tai Chi Basics class in the near future.
All of our classes include a stretching/warm-up component, followed by a brief standing meditation. With our bodies activated, we then proceed to learn the movements of Tai Chi. All classes conclude with a brief cool down component.
Tai Chi is a flexible art; and while we practice as a group, significant attention is paid to each individual circumstance. If you suffer from a particular injury or have general aches and pains, all postures are perfectly adaptable to the bodies and comfort levels of each individual. It is not uncommon for spry individuals to practice alongside folks working out the kinks. One exceptional aspect of Tai Chi is that individual differences do not affect the pace or flow of group practice. So, don't be too shy to talk to Sean about your own situation.
Master Sean is willing to invest in any individual who is willing to invest time and energy in their own practice. Sean's primary focus is on building relationships within a practice, so if you have an idea about how to do that for you, please run it by him.
Heuvelton Class Location: Pickens Hall
Pickens Hall is located at 83 State Street in downtown Heuvelton, NY.