Updated August and September Classes

Photo by David Tepper

Download this new awesome and very full, roster of new classes at Calm Chicago.

We got meditation, qigong, tai chi, even mindful writing!

Sign up today to grab your spot. Class size is limited.

Contact me using the form below and I’ll send you the info to sign up using Venmo.


There’s something for everyone. You can also sign up for one-on-one work which can happen face to face, by phone or Skype.



Saturday Aug 3rd Tai Chi in the Garden – SIgn up now

IMG_3447Hey everyone, I’m excited to announce that I’m teaching classes with Dabble now! Starting in August, I’ll be offering Mind Body Mindfulness on Saturday mornings. I hope you will join me for a little qigong and tai chi. Come back Sunday and visit the Pilsen Community Farmers Market for fresh organic fruits and veggies. First class is Aug 3rd! Please use this link to register : http://bit.ly/1bbUksf

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Feed your body and your spirit for 10% off


Kristoffer’s Cafe and Bakery in Pilsen, is teaming up with Calm Chicago: mind & body center to help feed your body and your spirit.

Enjoy 10% off at Kristoffer’s when you take a soothing stress-reducing mind/body class at Calm Chicago. When you order delicious drinks and food at Kristoffer’s, you’ll also get 10% off a class at Calm Chicago. 

Next class at Calm Chicago starts Thursday, March 7. Visit calmchicago.org for details and to register today. Please present your receipt to get the deal! Expires March 7. — at Calm Chicago: Tai Chi, Qigong & Meditation.

18-Form Qigong Posture Names


  1. Lifting arms through water
  2. Opening the chest
  3. Painting a rainbow across the sky
  4. Separating clouds/taiji closing
  5. Backwards monkey
  6. Rowing the boat
  7. Carrying the ball up to the sky
  8. Gazing at the moon
  9. Pushing palm, turning the the waist
  10. Wave hands like white clouds
  11. Scooping up the sea and gazing to the horizon
  12. Pushing the waves
  13. Dove spreads it’s wings
  14. Punching in horse stance
  15. Butterfly dries it’s wings
  16. Turning wheel round and round
  17. Bouncing the ball, softy, softly
  18. Settling and balancing to close

It can be very helpful to know the names of each posture. One reason is that it make it easier to ask your teacher questions about the posture. For example, you can ask your teacher about, “White Crane Spreads It’s Wings,” instead of hoping that your teacher will know which posture you mean when you move your arms about in some not clearly definable way.

Another benefit, is that it helps you remember the forms, becoming like a sort of muscle memory nemonic.  Knowing the name, moving the body, remembering and feeling your way become one integrated process.

So, above is my list. Please know that I have played some with the names. Since they arte translated by others from Chinese, I have tried to make them simple, memorable and sensible. They are only my take on it. You may have different and even better ideas. Love to hear them.

I hope you can enjoy learning these postures somewhere. If you are in Chicago, maybe come give Calm Chicago a visit. We are the only qigong, tai chi center on the near south side; convenient for South Loop, UIC, Chinatown and Pilsen residents. We have an 8-week Intro Class starting the first Thursday in March. Hope you can  join us.

Till next time, practice well. Enjoy the journey.

NEW! 8-week Intro to Qigong and Tai Chi

Are you feeling a little mid-winter blah?

Wondering just how many more days of mind numbing cold one simply must endure?

Well, just for you, I’m opening a new qigong/tai chi Intro class here at Calm Chicago!

Calm Chicago Logo Barb Herman


WHEN: EVERY THURSDAY EVENING IN MARCH AND APRIL 6-7 pm (The first class meets March 7)


HOW MUCH: $80 (cash, check or cc)

SIGN ME UP! Pre-registration is required. Class size limited, so reserve your spot now!

Come learn what thousands around the world know. Tai chi and qigong is good medicine for body, mind and heart! You will learn 2 postures a week from the 18-form qigong (shi ba shi) and some Yang tai chi basics. Just enough to help you warm up and de-stress and get ready for spring. So come on in and leave all that stress at the door, build up your immune system with these smooth and flowing mind/body exercise. No prior experience needed at all. Just bring yourself in your ordinary clothes and get ready to smile. Ladies if you wear heels to work, just bring a pair of sneakers or any other soft-soled shoe to wear.

Outdoors and breathing deep!
Tai Chi is more fun in a group! But don’t worry we’ll meet indoors!


New 2013 Tai Chi Classes at ARC

Check out my schedule of de-stressing tai chi and qigong at the American Rhythm Center. You can sign up online for my 2013 classes now!



Tai Chi Medication in Motion for Heart Condition Sufferers

ImageHere’s a great story from NPR, about how tai chi is like a “medication in Motion” for those suffering from heart failure or other heart troubles. Side effects? Increased peace, feeling of well being, greater capacity to breathe, handle stress easily and over all good feeling in the body and mind. Hmmm… a lot different from all those drugs out there which despite their potentially beneficial qualities, come with warnings, like, your head might blow off! And, tai chi and qigong work with your body and mind holistically, integrating the various parts as opposed to a more traditional allopathic approach which in the west tends to slice and dice the human body as if the old song, The leg bone’s connected to the thigh bone…” wasn’t true. All our different parts are interconnected and the best treatment acknowledges that. So, of course you should see your doctor and get what ever treatment you need. I’m just suggesting what Dr. Andrew Weil and others advocate, the use of a more integrative approach.

So where ever you are, find a good teacher and start to go with the flow.

Photo by Robert F. Bukaty/AP from NPR web page.