Level One teaches the principles and techniques of: relaxation, movement, body alignment and mechanics, meditation, breathing, and muscle release - through lecture, qigong exercises, guided meditations, and mind/body integration drills. This level is taught as a physical therapy modality, not an exercise class. But you will get plenty of exercise. Learn More.
The following dates are the start dates and times on when each eight week session begins. The eight sessions meet consecutively on the same day and time each week. Class one is two hours in length the rest are an hour each.
Cost: $150 (includes guide book)
(See refund policy below)
Classes are held in the upper level of Whatever Works Wellness Center & Bookstore. Whatever Works is located in a large home on Montgomery road. The ambiance is that of a middle class home with a cat and some cute little hypo-allergenic dogs. (Most people like the animals.) Whatever Works sells incense and scented candles which you have to pass by to get to class. No incense or candles are burned in the school area.
If you suffer from high sensitivity allergies to cats, dogs, or fragrances, please visit the store and school before attending classes to determine if it is safe for you! If you don't have the opportunity to visit first, please notify us of you allergies prior to taking the class!
Clothing and footwear
Students should wear comfortable clothing. Most people wear normal causal wear clothing that they'd wear to walk around the mall, jeans, kakhis, etc. You want clothes that won't bind on you. Martial arts uniforms or clothing bearing political messages or other controversial imagry is not allowed.
Our classes are held in a room with foam tile flooring therefore non-permiable footwear is required. To assume proper body alignments, the footwear should be full flat soles, without a change of elevation from front to rear. There should be very little structure and padding within the shoe. Mocassins, and Converse type sneakers work best. We will accept normal shoes if a person needs arch supports or has other structual needs. Shoes should be limited for inside use only.
White Willow Tai Chi is not for Everyone
You should have the physical ability and capability to walk unassisted up a flight of stairs and stand unassisted for ten minutes.
We want everyone to go through the Level One group experience. You should have the mental and emotional capacity to participate in group guided meditation and group learning.
Start Dates of the Eight Week Program
March 19 Saturday 12:30 pm
April 5 Tuesday 7 pm
April 20 Wednesday 10 am
May 12 Thursday 6 pm
May 21 Saturday 12:30 pm
June 7 Tuesday 7 pm
June 22 Wednesday 10 am
July 14 Thursday 6 pm
July 23 Saturday 12:30 pm
Aug 9 Tuesday 7 pm
Aug 24 Wednesday 10 am
Sept 15 Thursday 6 pm
Sept 24 Saturday 12:30 pm
Oct 4 Tuesday 7 pm
Oct 19 Wednesday 10 am
Nov 10 Thursday 6 pm
Nov 19 Saturday 12:30 pm
Dec 5 Tuesday 7 pm
Dec 14 Wednesday 10 am
Please call to confirm class dates and times (as they may change) and reserve your space. Class sizes are limited to 12 students.
In certain extraordinary circumstances, private lessons are available for $80 per hour.
Life has a way of unexpectedly getting in the way of class schedules due to illness, family commitments, and work. Usually the average student can miss one class and make it up in the following week review. If you miss more than two classes, that will be difficult for most to make up. Fortunately, because of our rotating start dates, a person can often shift to another class day and time to make up a class or get ahead of a class that they will be missing. You can always restart from the beginning, or pick up your missed classes in another session, anytime within a year.
The major reasons for people to take Tai Chi classes are generally to change and/or develop coping skills to handle the physical and mental challenges in their lives. We are not responsible if your life style prevents you from coming to classes or maintaining the schedule. However, recognizing that lives, health and circumstances can go out of control, we allow you to restart, or pick-up classes in Level One as many times as is necessary to complete the program within one year.
Payment for Level One is required on the first day of class. Paying in advance is the surest way to over come the resistance to changing the problematic issues that have brought you to Tai Chi.
We encourage people to investigate our program before committing. You may take the first class on a trial basis for a fee of $40 dollars. (We charge for the first class because it is a valuable workshop in itself.) If you like the program, then you can pay the balance on the following class. By the end of the first class you should know whether you want to commit to the program or not. Let us know at the end of the first class if you want a refund for the balance. Otherwise there are no refunds.
Level Two teaches the first Tai Chi form of the system: the sixty-movement Heaven form of the old small frame Yang system. This form is the master and beginner's form. It takes approximately twenty-five lessons to learn the entire form. Learn More.
Cost: $75 p/month
Classes are available four times a week.
- Tuesday @ 6:00 pm
- Wednesday @ 9:00 am
- Thursday @ 7:00 pm
- Saturday @ 2:30 pm
You may attend as many classes as you wish. Instruction is given independently according to body type and learning style.
The SoundBody Healing System uses the principles of Qigong healing in combination with modern models of science. This level teaches the principles of healing, the nature of mind/body illness and healing and functional anatomy. This six-hour workshop should be taken while learning Level Two Tai Chi. Learn More.
All workshops are on Sundays from 12 to 6 pm
Level Three teaches connective movements from the Heaven form. These movements can be done fast or slow and train the body how to move as a unit and defend itself. Level Four teaches continuous flow through a fast version of the Heaven form. Learn More.
Cost: $75 p/month
It takes approximately 20 sessions to complete both levels.
- Wednesday @ 7:00 pm
- Saturday @ 3:30 pm
Level One Advanced teaches the advanced body mechanic principles of the Seven Principle Exercises learned in Level One. Students must complete Level Four before taking this program. This level is a prerequisite to moving into the advanced Tai Chi forms of Level Five & Six. Learn More.
There are seven one-hour sessions meeting on Saturdays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Once you have taken this program you may repeat it any time for free. Check at the desk for start dates.
Advanced Level Two
Upon completion of Level Five, students are eligible to take Advanced Level Two.
Cost: $5 p/session
Drop-ins on Saturdays 10:00 - 11:00 am