Tai Chi and Chi Kung classes, starting in September 2013

Hello everyone!  Below is a list of our classes as of September 1st.  We are offering classes in at the Chesterfield Senior Center, the Weinstein Jewish Community Center (Henrico), St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (Richmond), and ACAC Midlothian.  Note: There will be no classes taught between September 25th and October 8th.  See the information below for particular class dates that are canceled.

Class: Chi Kung for Seniors at the Chesterfield Senior Center -

Where:  Chesterfield Senior Center, Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 4000 Stigall Drive Midlothian, VA 23112

When: There are two sessions, both consisting of five classes.  First session: Tuesdays, 10:15am – 11:00am. Starting on September 17th, ending October 29nd (no class Oct. 1st or 8th).  Second Session: Tuesdays, 10:15am – 11:00am, starting November 12th, ending December 10th.

Cost: $25 for a whole session (five classes)

Note: Please register as soon as you can!  Call Daneisha Nicholas at (804) 339-2877

Class Description: Similar to Tai Chi, Chi Kung consists of gentle movements that improve balance, strengthen the joints, improve heart and lung health, and relax both body and mind.  This class focuses on basic therapeutic movements rather than a form, and is suitable for all abilities.  The instructor is Ryan Duffy.

Class: Tai Chi and Chi Kung at the JCC

Location:  Weinstein Jewish Community Center (JCC)

Address:  5403 Monument Ave Richmond, VA 23226

Date and Time:  Wednesdays, from 11:30am to 12:30pm.  No class on September 25th or October 2nd.

Cost:  Contrary to the JCC magazine and catalog, this class is NOT offered at an additional cost to JCC members.  But, you must have a group fitness membership at the JCC to attend.  To find out more about, you can visit the JCC Membership web page at http://www.weinsteinjcc.org/about-us/new-membership-page/ or by calling (804) 545-8600.

Class Description:  We will be practicing the Tai Chi 10 form by working on individual movements and then putting them together to create the 10 form sequence of movements.  The class takes time to develop each technique and movements well and then works on performing the sequence of movements that comprise the 10 form.  Once we have sufficiently worked on the Tai Chi 10 form, we will work on additional basic Chi Kung forms to develop energy sensitivity, improve cardiovascular function and organ health, and utilize gentle dynamic stretching for health of the whole body.  Chi Kung means “working on the energy/life force” and is very similar to Tai Chi.  Chi Kung consists of gentle movements that improve balance, strengthen the joints, improve heart and lung health, and relax both body and mind.  This class is suitable for all abilities.  The instructor is Ryan Duffy.

Class: Two Weekly Tai Chi and Chi Kung Classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Address: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA, 23226.  Room 18 On the second floor.  There is an elevator for anyone who has trouble with stairs. 

Class #1 Date: Every Tuesday, starting Sept 3rd, 2013.  No class on October 1st or October 8th.

Class #1 Time:6:00pm-7:30pm

Class #2 Date: Every Monday, starting Sept 9th, 2013.  No class on September 30th or October 7th.

Class #2 Time: 10:00am–11:00am

 

Cost per class: $10 

Notes: No registration required.  Feel free to drop in!

Class Description:  We will be practicing the Tai Chi 10 form by working on individual movements and then putting them together to create the 10 form sequence of movements.  The class takes time to develop each technique and movements well and then works on performing the sequence of movements that comprise the 10 form.  Once we have sufficiently worked on the Tai Chi 10 form, we will work on additional basic Chi Kung forms to develop energy sensitivity, improve cardiovascular function and organ health, and utilize gentle dynamic stretching for health of the whole body.  Chi Kung means “working on the energy/life force” and is very similar to Tai Chi.  Chi Kung consists of gentle movements that improve balance, strengthen the joints, improve heart and lung health, and relax both body and mind.  This class is suitable for all abilities.  The instructor is Ryan Duffy.

Class: Tai Chi and Chi Kung at ACAC Midlothian – Final class on October 26th!

Address: ACAC Midlothian, 11621 Robious Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113

Date and Time: Every Saturday, starting Sept. 7th, 2013, from 2:00pm – 3:15pm, ending Oct. 26th.  No class on September 28th or October 5th.

Cost: None for members of ACAC. Others who are interested should call ACAC Midlothian to ask about rates for the gym and possible class rates. (804) 378-1600 or visit their website at http://www.acac.com/locations/richmond/

Notes: No registration required, feel free to drop in!

Class Description:  We will be practicing the Tai Chi 10 form by working on individual movements and then putting them together to create the 10 form sequence of movements.  The class takes time to develop each technique and movements well and then works on performing the sequence of movements that comprise the 10 form.  Once we have sufficiently worked on the Tai Chi 10 form, we will work on additional basic Chi Kung forms to develop energy sensitivity, improve cardiovascular function and organ health, and utilize gentle dynamic stretching for health of the whole body.  Chi Kung means “working on the energy/life force” and is very similar to Tai Chi.  Chi Kung consists of gentle movements that improve balance, strengthen the joints, improve heart and lung health, and relax both body and mind.  This class is suitable for all abilities.  The instructor is Ryan Duffy.

Below is more information about the classes, such as benefits for participants as well as the approach of the instructor.

About the Classes: These classes will consist of both Tai Chi exercises and Chi Kung practices. Tai Chi is often referred to as moving meditation and is a movement-oriented body-mind practice. Research has shown that individuals of any age can benefit physically and mentally from Tai Chi, although many people are aware that it provides many benefits to seniors and individuals with chronic conditions (e.g. arthritis, high blood pressure, loss of muscle mass, etc.). Participants will learn a set of gentle movements and basic meditations to improve flexibility and balance, core and leg strength, cardiovascular health, body awareness, and the ability to relax and de-stress. These classes are thus driven by a therapeutic approach rather than a fitness approach. However, this does not mean those seeking to improve their abilities will not be challenged by the classes. The focus of these classes is not on any particular form but fundamentals that comprise the forms. After taking these classes, learning a form will be much easier! This class is for anyone, regardless of experience level. Please wear loose-fitting workout clothes.

About the Instructor: Ryan Duffy has been practicing Tai Chi and Chi Kung for over five years. In May 2011, he received his Master’s degree in Gerontology from VCU for which he performed in-depth research on the benefits of both Tai Chi and Chi Kung for seniors. He started his business, Alternative Aging Fitness and Wellness, to help seniors and middle-aged adults improve their physical and mental health through alternative means. He has been teaching for a year and a half and has worked in a variety of settings with seniors, middle-aged adults, disabled adults, and several organizations and businesses in the greater Richmond area. You can learn more about his services by contacting him at (203) 241-4825, emailing him at AlternativeAging@gmail.com, or visiting his website at AlternativeAging.com.

Tai Chi and Martial Arts Mechanics for Golfers

Alternative Aging Fitness and Wellness is offering a new and unique class!  We are teaching a class to help improve your golf swing by using body mechanics from the soft-style martial arts such as Tai Chi and Ba Gua.  Details are below.

Title:  Tai Chi and Martial Arts Mechanics for Golfers

Location: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226

Date: Thursday, starting July 11th, ending August 29th

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Cost: $15 per class

Notes: Bring a notepad to write down ideas and exercises.  No registration required.

Class Description: Are you having trouble creating an easy-going yet powerful swing?  Is the whipping motion you need to create power in your swing lacking?  Are you stiff and tense whenever you try to hit the ball?  In this class, Ryan Duffy teaches golfers to improve their golf game using martial arts mechanics and principles.  Golfers will learn how to use the core and hips to generate strong turning power; loosen up and improve the ease and fluidity of their golf swing; and use relaxation and breathing exercises to powerfully change their game.  Ryan’s experience comes from six years of experience in the internal martial arts (i.e. Ba Gua and Tai Chi) as well as long-range stick fighting (Arnis).

New Tai Chi and Chi Kung class at the Jewish Community Center

Alternative Aging is excited to announce that we are adding a new weekly class to our schedule!  Details are below!  For our other classes, click here.

Tai Chi and Chi Kung Classes

Location:  Weinstein Jewish Community Center (JCC)

Address:  5403 Monument Ave Richmond, VA 23226

Date and Time:  Wednesdays, from 11:30am to 12:30pm

Cost:  Must have a group fitness membership at the JCC.  To find out more about, you can visit the JCC Membership web page at http://www.weinsteinjcc.org/about-us/new-membership-page/ or by calling (804) 545-8600.

About the Class: This class will consist of both Tai Chi exercises and Chi Kung practices. Tai Chi and Chi Kung are often referred to as moving meditation and are movement-oriented body-mind practices. Research has shown that individuals of any age can benefit physically and mentally from both practices, although many people are only aware that they provide many physical benefits to seniors and individuals with chronic conditions (e.g. arthritis, high blood pressure, loss of muscle mass, etc.). Participants will learn a set of gentle movements and basic exercises to improve flexibility and balance, core and leg strength, cardiovascular health, body awareness, and the ability to relax and de-stress. This class is thus driven by a therapeutic approach rather than a fitness approach. The focus of this class is not on any particular form but fundamentals that comprise forms. However, if the participants learn the movements quickly, then a form will be introduced. This class is for anyone, regardless of experience level. Please wear loose-fitting workout clothes.

About the Instructor: Ryan Duffy has been engaging in mind-body wellness practices such as Chi Kung and Tai Chi for almost six years. In May 2011, he received his Master’s degree in Gerontology from VCU for which he performed in-depth research on the benefits of both Tai Chi and Chi Kung for seniors. He started his business, Alternative Aging Fitness and Wellness, to help seniors and middle-aged adults improve their physical and mental health through alternative means. He has been teaching for a year and a half and has worked in a variety of settings with seniors, middle-aged adults, disabled adults, and several organizations and businesses in the greater Richmond area. You can learn more about his services by contacting him at (203) 241-4825, emailing him at AlternativeAging@gmail.com, or visiting his website at AlternativeAging.com.

Events for Alternative Aging Fitness and Wellness

Hello all,

Recently, I have been fortunate to be included in the St. Stephen’s Farmer’s Market!!! Below are the details.

Opening Day of the St. Stephen’s Farmers Market

Where: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226

Day and Time: May 4th, 2013 — 8am-12pm noon

Details and where can find me: Plenty of farmers and vendors will be selling their produce, crafts, etc.  Throughout the morning, there will be entertainment and music.  From 10:00am to 10:30am, I will be doing a Chi Kung and Tai Chi demonstration on the main stage.  Audience participation is encouraged!  Seating will be provided for individuals who choose to participate but not stand.  During the rest of the morning, you will find me at the Market Booth where I will have a table with information about the classes and services that I currently offer.  Come to the St. Stephen’s Farmers Market on May 4th for food, family fun, and Tai Chi and Chi Kung!

St. Stephen’s Farmers Market Homepage

Facebook link for the Farmers Market

Tai Chi and Chi Kung at St. Stephen’s, ACAC Midlothian, and Project Yoga Richmond

Below is our Tai Chi and Chi Kung class schedule for Project Yoga Richmond, St. Stephen’s, and ACAC Midlothian.  For class descriptions, please see “About the Classes” at the bottom of this post.

Project Yoga Richmond

Address: 6517 Dickens Place, Richmond, VA, 23230
Date: Every Tuesday, starting April 2nd, 2013, ending June 25th, 2013
Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm noon
Cost: $5-$10 donation
Notes: No registration required. Feel free to drop in! For more info on Project Yoga Richmond, check out http://projectyogarichmond.org/ For more info on this class, check out the website at http://projectyogarichmond.org/event/tai-chichi-kung-class-for-all-ages-with-ryan-duffy/2013-04-02

Project Yoga Richmond Logo

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church – Two classes

Address: 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA, 23226.  Room 18 On the second floor.  There is an elevator for anyone who has trouble with stairs.
Class #1 Date: Every Tuesday, starting Feb. 5th, 2013
Class #1 Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Class #2 Date: Every Monday, starting Feb. 11th, 2013
Class #2 Time: 12:00pm Noon – 1:30pm

Cost per class: $10
Notes: No registration required.  Feel free to drop in!

ACAC Midlothian – Two classes

Address: 11621 Robious Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113
Class #1 Date: Every Thursday, starting Feb. 14th, 2013
Class #1 Time: 12:00pm Noon – 1:15pm

Class #2 Date: Every Saturday, starting Feb. 23th, 2013
Class #2 Time: 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Cost: None for member of ACAC. Others who are interested should call ACAC Midlothian to ask about rates for the gym and possible class rates. (804) 378-1600 or visit their website at http://www.acac.com/locations/richmond/
Notes: No registration required. Feel free to drop in!

About the Classes: These classes will consist of both Tai Chi exercises and Chi Kung practices. Tai Chi is often referred to as moving meditation and is a movement-oriented body-mind practice. Research has shown that individuals of any age can benefit physically and mentally from Tai Chi, although many people are aware that it provides many benefits to seniors and individuals with chronic conditions (e.g. arthritis, high blood pressure, loss of muscle mass, etc.). Participants will learn a set of gentle movements and basic meditations to improve flexibility and balance, core and leg strength, cardiovascular health, body awareness, and the ability to relax and de-stress. These classes are thus driven by a therapeutic approach rather than a fitness approach. However, this does not mean those seeking to improve their abilities will not be challenged by the classes. The focus of these classes is not on any particular form but fundamentals that comprise the forms. After taking these classes, learning a form will be much easier! This class is for anyone, regardless of experience level. Please wear loose-fitting workout clothes.

About the Instructor: Ryan Duffy has been practicing Tai Chi and Chi Kung for over five years. In May 2011, he received his Master’s degree in Gerontology from VCU for which he performed in-depth research on the benefits of both Tai Chi and Chi Kung for seniors. He started his business, Alternative Aging Fitness and Wellness, to help seniors and middle-aged adults improve their physical and mental health through alternative means. He has been teaching for a year and a half and has worked in a variety of settings with seniors, middle-aged adults, disabled adults, and several organizations and businesses in the greater Richmond area. You can learn more about his services by contacting him at (203) 241-4825, emailing him at AlternativeAging@gmail.com, or visiting his website at AlternativeAging.com.

Happy New Year! Information on classes to be posted soon.

Happy New Year and Hello from Alternative Aging Fitness and Wellness!

We are excited to announce that we are working with several organizations and businesses in the Richmond area to offer Tai Chi and Chi Kung classes starting this January and February 2013.

Currently, we are planning to offer Tai Chi classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, located by the University of Richmond at 6000 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226.  By the end of this week, we will post the days and times of the classes.  Classes will cost about $10 each and will be about an hour long.  Individuals with any level of ability and fitness level are welcome to join.

We hope to see you there!

Ryan Duffy, MSG, Owner

Current Classes and Future Events: Tai Chi and Chi Kung

Hello! Alternative Aging Fitness and Wellness announces current classes and future events!  Mark your calendar…

First, we would like to thank Chikn E.G.G. and My Manakin Market for having us for Grandparents day on September 8th!  We enjoyed demonstrating Tai Chi and are glad the participants enjoyed it, too.  It was great to meet Rita McCulloch from Boomer3 Solutions and Danielle Johnson from Health in Mind massage therapy.  Meeting businesses that serve seniors with their clients’ interest at heart is always a good experience.

Second, we would like to announce that our Tai Chi/Chi Kung classes at Glenmore Yoga in the Far West End have been moved to the first four Tuesdays of October — the 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd.  Class will start at 1:30pm and end at 2:45pm.  Each class is $20 for drop-ins and all four classes cost $75.  To register, visit their website here.

Third, our classes at Chrysalis in Carytown have begun.  This session is for beginners and individuals new to Chi Kung.  Classes are on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 12:00pm.  Cost is $15 a class for non-members, $12 for members, which means you can drop-in!  You may also register for the entire 8 week session (16 classes).  Members pay $175 for the session whereas non-members pay $185.  Email us or contact us if you want to make these classes but the time doesn’t work for you! You may register at the Chrysalis website for individual classes or the whole session.

If you are interested in classes and live in the Far West End or Goochland County, please let us know by emailing us at AlternativeAging@gmail.com or by calling us at (203) 241-4825.  We are speaking with YMCA’s and other facilities in the area to bring Tai Chi and Chi Kung to the area and nearby locations.

Be well,

Ryan Duffy, Owner