ONLINE TaiJi & QiGong classes
YANG STYLE 108 LONG FORM

(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 members of the Olympia, Washington YMCA 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.

Others are also welcome to join.  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  & QIGONG class description & schedule

QIGONG CLASS:
Sunday mornings, 8:00-9:00 am (west coast time)
Wednesday evenings, 5:30-6:30 pm (West Coast time)
class is hosted by Barbara Helynn Heard

CLASS FOCUS:  Qigong movements - these simple, repetitive movements enhance flexibility, strength, and general presence in our bodies.  They help us prepare to do taiji or other activities.
DATES: every Sunday morning
TIME: 8:00-9:00 am  (60 minutes)

INTENDED AUDIENCE:
~ anyone who wishes to attend
~ NOTE: you do not have to be a member of the YMCA to joint this class.

HOW TO JOIN THE SUNDAY CLASS:   click on this link.   

HOW TO JOIN THE WEDNESDAY CLASS:   click on this link.  



iNTERMEDIATE LEVEL TAIJI CLASS:
Monday - Friday, 7:30-8:45 aM (west coast time)
class is hosted by South Sound YMCA in Olympia, WA

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

INTENDED AUDIENCE:
~ Folks who have attended the 8:00 M-W-F advanced class at the Briggs YMCA in Olympia, WA
~ Folks who have attended the 7:00 am T-Th class at the downtown YMCA in Olympia, WA
~ Anyone familiar with the 1st and 2nd sets and wants to work on the 2nd and 3rd sets.
~ Students in my advanced beginner class who feel solid with the first set and first part of the second set may join the Intermediate class after discussing this with me.
~ NOTE: Thru the end of July, 2020, you do not have to be a member of the YMCA to joint this class.  It is being offered as a public service.  Beginning in August 2020 YMCA membership will be required to participate.

HOW TO JOIN THE CLASS:   click on this link.   



bEGINNER LEVEL TAIJI CLASS:
Monday-Friday
 9:00-10:00 aM (west coast time)
Monday and Friday classes hosted by Barbara Helynn Heard
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday classes hosted by South Sound YMCA in Olympia, WA

CLASS FOCUS: Yang style 108 move long form, Section 1
DATES: every weekday (Mon-Fri) 
TIME: 9:00-10:00 am (60 minutes)

INTENDED AUDIENCE:
~ Folks who attended the 9:15 M-W-F advanced class at the Briggs YMCA in Olympia, WA  pre-covid.
~ Folks who attended the 7:00 am T-Th class at the downtown YMCA in Olympia, WA, pre-covid.
~ Anyone who is new to this form
~ NOTE:

  • Monday and Friday classes are all open to the public with no YMCA membership required.
  • Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday classes: thru the end of July, 2020, you do not have to be a member of the YMCA to joint this class.  It is being offered as a public service.  Beginning in August 2020 YMCA membership will be required to participate in the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions.

HOW TO JOIN THE CLASS:  

  • Monday, Friday: click on this link.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: click on this link.    

aDVANCED BEGINNER lEVEL TAIJI CLASS:
BEGINNING ON JULY 6, 2020
Monday - Friday, 10:05-10:30 AM (west coast time)
class is hosted by Barbara Helynn Heard

CLASS FOCUS: Yang style 108 move long form, Section 2
DATES: every weekday (Mon-Fri) 
TIME: 10:05-10:30 am (25 minutes)

INTENDED AUDIENCE:
~ Folks who attended my 9:00 online beginner class and are ready to begin learning level 2.
~ NOTE: You do not have to be a member of the YMCA to joint this class. 

HOW TO JOIN THE CLASS:   click on this link



NOTE for OLYMPIA YMCA folks:  Jane (Briggs YMCA teacher) and Criis (Downtown YMCA teacher) teach the form slightly differently.  I am 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.

 

  

classes are offered by optional donation

PLEASE JOIN THESE CLASSES
WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE ABLE TO MAKE AN OPTIONAL DONATION!!!

YOUR PARTICIPATION IN CLASS
IS MORE IMPORTANT TO ME THAN THE MONEY

At my discretion donations received may be given to, or split with, 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.

CHOOSE OPTION: $5-$50

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

Please contact me if you prefer to make donation by check and I'll give you my mailing address.

PRACTICE VIDEOS


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. 

USING ZOOM FOR THE FIRST TIME:

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. (https://zoom.us/download)

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: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

TIPS FOR USING ZOOM WITH VIDEO:

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.