ONLINE TaiJi & QiGong classes

(Note: "Taiji" is the same as "tai chi" - just different ways of spelling the same word.)

These classes are being offered online on the Zoom platform while our states, countries and world community are responding to the COVID-19 with social distancing.  See more information about using Zoom below.

I especially invite my classmates at the Olympia, Washington YMCA tai chi classes to join these online classes. 

I also especially invite massage therapists near and far whose businesses are hard hit to join the classes.  If you haven't done the Yang style long form before, please join a beginner classes.

All classes begin with warm up qigong exercises, and then continue with practice of taiji using the Yang style 108 move long form. 

taiji class description & schedule

intermediate level class:
Monday - Friday, 7:30-8:45 aM (west coast time)

CLASS FOCUS: Yang style 108 move long form, Sections 1, 2 & 3 with attention to sets 2 & 3
DATES: every weekday (Mon-Fri) , March 23 - April 30, 2020
TIME: 7:30-8:45 am  (75 minutes)

    ~ Folks who attend the 8:00 M-W-F advanced class at the Briggs YMCA in Olympia, WA
    ~ Folks who attend the 7:00 am T-Th class at the downtown YMCA in Olympia, WA
    ~ Anyone who is familiar with the 1st and 2nd sets and wants to work on the 2nd and 3rd sets.

    ~ open the zoom app, then enter meeting ID: 570 545 761
    ~ OR click on this link:

beginner level class:
Monday - Friday, 9:00-10:00 aM (west coast time)

CLASS FOCUS: Yang style 108 move long form, Section 1 and sometimes the first part of section 2
DATES: every weekday (Mon-Fri) , March 23 - April 30, 2020
TIME: 9:00-10:00 am (60 minutes)

    ~ Folks who attend the 9:15 M-W-F beginner class at the Briggs YMCA in Olympia, WA
    ~ Folks who attend the 7:00 am T-Th class at the downtown YMCA in Olympia, WA and want extra practice
    ~ Anyone new to this practice

    ~ open the zoom app, then enter meeting ID: 750 570 245
    ~ OR click on this link:

NOTE for YMCA folks: I am offering these classes for both the Briggs and Downtown YMCA tai chi participants.  Jane (Briggs YMCA teacher) and Criis (Downtown YMCA teacher) teach the form slightly differently.  I am now a registered teacher with Alex Dong International Taijiquan Association, and will therefore by teaching following the Alex Dong protocol.  Some of the details are closer to the way the form is taught downtown and vary from the way Jane teaches.  The differences are relatively minor and you should be able to pick up easily.

In the first set I intend to teach 2 brush knees after play guitar in the Thursday morning intermediate class and 2 brush knees in all the other classes.



classes are offered by optional donation


If you are able to make a contribution, it will be much appreciated.

All donations received will be given to my tai chi master,  Master Alex Dong, a fourth generation Taijiquan Master of the Dong (Tung) family.  Master Alex earns his living and supports his family via his full time devotion to teaching taiji.  Our current COVID-19 social distancing and shelter in place requirements dramatically cut into his income.


All major credit and debit cards can be used.  A PayPal account is not required.


CLICK HERE to watch a three and a half minute YouTube video of Master Alex Dong, my taiji master pictured here, demonstrating the first set of Yang style slow set.  This is the Taiji form you will learn in these classes.

Visit Master Alex's website store to purchase videos of him demonstrating the entire Yang style slow set, and also the Fundamental QiGong exercises done in my classes.  He sells other Taiji videos and books as well.


In this 6-7 minute YouTube video I explain, demonstrate and teach how to do the salute with which we begin and end class.


about the teacher: helynn heard

(Barbara) Helynn Heard is a registered teacher with the Alex Dong International Taijiquan Association.

She writes:

"I was introduced to taiji and qigong in 2016 and immediately began to practice almost daily, attending 10-15 hours of class each week and attending intensive workshops.  I love the way taiji and qigong help me feel more fully present in my body and the way they help me develop balance and strength.  I appreciate the way they enhance my confidence, my calmness, and my pleasure of being alive.  I continue to refine and deepen my practice via daily training with my teachers. Sharing taiji and qigong with others to help them reap similar benefits brings me joy.  I am committed to helping people love their bodies and their lives, just the way they are. 
I've been a licensed massage therapist since 1996, and a teacher of massage CE classes since about 2005.  I danced hula for 19 years, West African dance for 10 years, and practiced Pilates for over 10 years.  These experiences have given me an embodied understanding of human form, movement and the marvelous connections and interactions between body, mind and spirit. Being married into a Chinese family for many years allowed me to learn Chinese language and embrace Chinese culture."


using zoom, an online meeting application

Zoom is a system that allows multiple people to see each other and talk to each other online.  I have found it easy to use. 


Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you will need to download the Zoom app.  This can be done one of two ways:

1) From the Zoom download center. (

2) If you don't download the Zoom app ahead of time, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a link you've been provided to join a meeting.  After clicking download, you will click “run”, then follow download instructions.

Find more information here:


Close Other Windows on your computer to prevent interference.

Turn off Your Cellphone.  It's bothersome when they ring in the middle of class.

Pin speaker's video.  In a class setting, I often "pin" the teacher's image on the screen.  This allows me to view the teacher as the main image, and prevents the screen from moving to focus on other participants.  To pin a video, after signing into a meeting, click on the 3 dots in the upper right corner of the speaker image, then click on "pin video".

Adjust The Screen Position to see your full body: For doing taiji on Zoom, I raise my computer higher than usual, then tilt the screen forward.  This allows me to stand 8-10 feet away from my computer and the camera records my full body.  The screen angle which is good for showing a close up of your face as you sit in front of the computer is different than the screen angle which is good for showing your full body at a distance of 8-10' from the computer.