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Jennifer Silverston is fully certified to teach Tai Chi and Qi Gong as well as Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. Her list of accomplishments include graduating from Boston University and teaching Tai Chi and Qi Gong at Northern Michigan University for several years. She has co-lead over 30 backwoods Qi Gong Retreats: Between the Mountain and the Stream. Jennifer began her business, Tai Chi with Jennifer in 2015 and has been teaching groups in Michigan ever since.
More personally, Jennifer healed herself through a severe spinal injury. Combined with a strong physical therapy exercise program, Qi Gong and Tai Chi have been crucial in her healing journey. Western and Eastern Medicine combined to make magic happen!
Tai Chi is well renowned for it's benefits: improving balance, reducing stress, improving strength and mobility. Tai Chi translates to the Supreme Ultimate - as in the best form, and also the supreme ultimate reality that we find ourselves alive in. The yin yang symbol is more that just a pretty picture, it is a map for understanding how life is happening. That we have this vast earth beneath us and the expansive sky above us, is truly mind boggling when we really think about it.
The ancients studied this duality and noticed how life springs eternal right where the earth and sky meet. The yin yang symbol represents that magical mystery of life here on earth, and also the magical mystery within ourselves. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (of which Tai Chi is a branch), the human body has three dantien, or elixir fields. The yin energy of the earth flows up the legs and fills the lower dantien (at the navel). The yang energy of the sky flows down and fills the upper dantien (at the forehead). And then the yin and yang mix in the middle, the heart, or in Chinese Medicine Terms, the HeartMind.
All this philosophy is embedded in the Martial Art called Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi is world renowned for it's grace, it's adaptability for any ability level, inner peace, and it's dynamic physical movement.
No matter what state you find yourself in, Tai Chi and Qi Gong can help you feel better. They are like a whole body tonic. Usually a difference is felt within the first 30 minutes. As long as you smile and breathe and move, the inner elixir of your own body's chemicals will work for you. Neurotransmitters start changing, the breath pattern and blood pressure starts changing. There is good reason that Harvard Medical School considers Tai Chi "Medication in Motion." By breathing and moving and concentrating, we organize the whole body as one. This is what turns the elixir within ON, as well as what leads to greater physical power.
Qi Gong is an ancient practice to cultivate vitality, inner peace, & inner power. Qi Gong helps the practitioner feel better fast: eases body pain, deepens breathing, and calms the mind. Cumulatively, it has an even greater benefit: strengthening the inner vitality. Qi gong practices are easy (to enhance the meditation). They are often used as warm-ups at the beginning of a Tai Chi practice because they take you into the mind-body/inner peace mode fast.