Cari’s specialty week at the Ranch is divided into two sessions: Tai Chi and Qigong.
Tai Chi helps to improve coordination, balance, flexibility, muscle tone and strength. Tai Chi works on all the energy meridians in a flowing series of movements that use visualization as we shoot THE BOW AND ARROW, stretch THE BIRD’S BEAK, and row out to sea for THE FISHERMAN. The Tai Chi session meets every morning, Sunday – Friday, for 45 min.
Qigong movement and visualization stimulates the flow of energy to all the organ systems making us more aware of our internal energy. It helps us feel stronger, more relaxed and peaceful through the integration of the mind and body with positive energy. The Qigong session meets every day, Sunday – Friday, for 45 min in the afternoon.
Both sessions are appropriate for people at all levels of physical fitness. The super fit can benefit from the balance and focus of the mind as we exercise. Newcomers will love the feeling of warmth, relaxation and peace that comes from the energizing movements. The movements may also be done seated or lying down. Everyone can do it!
Cari has studied Tai Chi and Qigong for 25 years in the US and China, having made 5 trips to China. She has completed two courses in Qigong at the Medical Institute of Qigong in Beijing. She lectures on Qigong and Tai Chi in schools throughout the US and has taught at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and the National Qigong Association. Cari co-founded and co-directed the Within Wellness Center in Miami. She teaches adult classes in her hometown of Aspen, CO.
The children’s program she developed, Tai Chi for Kids©, www.taichiforkids.com, is now taught at thousands of schools around the world. Cari trains teachers in the New York City Public Schools to implement her Tai Chi program and bring peace and focus to school children throughout the city. Cari recently trained the South African Police Department, Juvenile Division in Cape Town to use Tai Chi in their programs for prevention of violence. She has also worked with schools in Myanmar showing teachers how to improve focus and health with their students. She loves to travel and spread the benefits of Tai Chi to all ages, everywhere.