Classes at Shoreline Tai Chi

Classes are held in north Seattle at Studio Deep Roots, on Monday and Wednesday evenings

Our curriculum

Our Tai Chi classes serve a broad spectrum of age, size, fitness, gender, and skill. No prior experience is necessary. As a new student, you may expect:

  • Improvements in your strength, flexibility, balance, and overall health;
  • Friendly and supportive interactions with classmates;
  • Detailed guidance to refine your posture and movement;
  • Explorations of Taiji history, theory, and martial application.

Class level options

  • In our Monday beginners classes, we focus on one section of the traditional Yang style Tai Chi form, using simple drills and partner choreography. Exercise is performed at low to moderate intensity.
  • In our Wednesday all-levels classes, we practice the entire traditional form, and a wider range of solo and partner drills. This includes moving push hands, martial applications, and other “closed-door” material which is not offered at other schools, or known by other teachers. Exercise is performed at moderate intensity.

Lessons and feedback are always tailored to the current abilities of individual participants.

Enrollment Requirements

Tai Chi is performed while standing. All students must be able to stand up without a cane or other assistance.

All participants must sign a liability agreement and media release, to be provided at their first class.

Current schedule

The best time to start learning is today! Feel free to join the current session in progress (if space allows), rather than waiting for the next scheduled block. Every class includes a mixture of old and new material.

Winter Quarter 2024

January 8 through March 27, 2024 (12 weeks)
at Studio Deep Roots

Tai Chi for Beginners: Golden Rooster

Monday evenings, 7pm to 7:55pm

Learn selected postures and movements from traditional Yang style Tai Chi, including “Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg.”

Together we will practice a variety of solo drills and partner exercises, designed to help you remember, understand, apply and enjoy Tai Chi.

Fixed-Step Pushing Hands

Monday evenings, 8pm to 8:55pm

Improve your coordination, sensitivity and balance with the help of a partner. This fun and gentle exercise will clarify your understanding of the Tai Chi solo form. Beginners welcome.

Yang 85 Hand Form (All Levels)

Wednesday evenings 7pm to 7:55pm

Train in the complete Yang style Tai Chi form, using a traditional immersion method of learning. Class includes expert feedback and supplementary training drills.

Moving-Step Pushing Hands

Wednesday evenings 8pm to 8:55pm

Explore the connections between Tai Chi Chuan, movement and practical martial arts. Learn and play with a variety of traditional choreographies, and freestyle adaptations.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is Tai Chi?
A: Click here for the answer.

Q: How are your classes different than others nearby?
A: Please check the instructor qualifications, and student reviews. (You can also learn more about our unique approach by reading previous newsletters.)

Q: Can I try one class before registering for an entire session?
A: Yes. All visitors are welcome to a free trial class, if there is space remaining. It is common for our classes to be fully enrolled.

Q: What if the class session is fully enrolled?
A: You may join the waitlist, and/or consider private lessons.

Q: Is it okay to arrive to class late, or leave early?
A: No problem.

Q: What should I wear? How should I prepare?
A: Read this orientation guide.

Q: What is pushing hands?
A: Click here for the answer.

Q: I don’t live in Western Washington. Can I still learn from you?
A: Our newsletter is free and open to everyone. We also offer private lessons by appointment, and quarterly community events.

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