Interim 316

Cultivating Stillness: Tai Chi, Chinese Medicine and Philosophy

Professors Charlotte A. Knotts-Zides and Steven B. Zides

In this interim we will focus on classic Chinese medicine and philosophy and the relationship between the mind and the body in promoting health. During the mornings under the guidance of a master instructor, students will experience first-hand the benefits of tai chi, an ancient Chinese form of exercise which involves a series of slow continuous movements coordinated with deep breathings. The afternoon classes will feature films, guest speakers, and discussions. Additionally, through readings and daily directed journals, students will explore the roots of Chinese philosophy and its connection to a healthy state of being.

Additional Information

INSTRUCTION: Our Tai Chi instructor is Cyn Massey of Nine Star Healing.

EXERCISE: Tai chi is an ancient Chinese form of exercise which is accessible to virtually anyone, even if you don't consider yourself to be in shape. On the other hand, tai chi is EXERCISE; don't be fooled by the "slowness" of tai chi. You will receive quite a workout. Be sure to bring a water bottle and a small towel.

CLOTHES: You will need one or more loose-fitting outfits for the exercises. Plan on wearing a short-sleeve T-shirt (or similar shirt) and ankle-length loose-fitting slacks (not shorts). Look for clothes in a light cotton knit, silk, or linen. In keeping with the philosophy of tai chi, natural colors such as white, beige, tan, brown, and black, and plain colors such as navy, emerald green, and maroon are best. Avoid brightly colored outfits which may be distracting to the rest of the class.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance is critical in order to learn the steps, called "forms", of tai chi; consequently, unexcused absences may result in failure of the class.

GRADES: This interim is graded pass/fail. Students are expected to attend every tai chi lesson and every afternoon session. Students will be expected to read approximately 30 pages out of the class books every class night and to write a journal entry after each reading. Journals will be collected on Friday, read over the weekend, and returned on Monday. Students are also expected to participate in discussions during the afternoon sessions.

SPEAKERS: Guest speakers will talk on chinese herbal medicine, reiki, acupunture, shiatsu, tui na, and feng shui.

Last Update: October 16, 2001