Yang 24 Tai Chi Class


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Tai Chi Yang 24 Form

Beautiful mindful movement for everybody!

The most popular form of tai chi in the world.

Perfect for all ages and abilities.

This mindful meditation reduces stress, increases immunity and helps us great each moment with more grace.  We begin with basic movements and slowly build from there. If you’re tired of feeling like you are always rushing around and want to enjoy greater softness of heart, mind and body, this is the class for you!

Other Details:

Where: 1839 S Halsted St (just south of 18th St.)
When: 9-9:50am Saturdays
Tuition: $80/mo
Sign up now with Square of Chase Quick Pay (email me and I’ll send you the link. It’s secure, instantaneous and easy!)

Got any questions? Shoot me a line and I’ll be glad to help you out.

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Tai Chi-Mindfulness for Youth


Dear calm and peaceful hive mind,

I want to offer a tai chi and mindful movement class for youth.

By youth, I mean elementary through middle school. Though, I’d be very interested in adding a class for teens specifically. (More on that later!)

8 year old meditating
from http://www.rawforbeauty.com

What time would be best for you all?

Saturdays are already full from 9-4 with a variety of classes. What say you?

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Please suggest 1-3 options in comments below or email me and I’ll try to find what makes sense for the most of you. Thanks very much, Hillary

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Tai Chi Classes at Calm Chicago


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Tai Chi Yang 24 Form

Beautiful mindful movement for everybody!

The most popular form of tai chi in the world, perfect for all ages. This mindful meditation reduces stress, increases immunity and helps us great each moment with more grace.  We begin with basic movements and slowly build from there. If you’re tired of feeling like you are always rushing around and want to enjoy greater softness of heart, mind and body, this is the class for you!

Other Details:

Where: 1839 S Halsted St (just south of 18th St.)
When: 9-9:50am Saturdays  (starting Dec. 5)
Tuition: $80/mo
Sign up now with Square of Chase Quick Pay (click the link. It’s instantaneous and easy!)

Got any questions? Shoot me a line and I’ll be glad to help you out.

Classes at the American Rhythm Center June 8-Aug 16


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Classes at the American Rhythm Center

Summer Session: June 8 – August 16

Yang Tai Chi (24 form) Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm

Perfect for beginners or experienced tai chi players. The world’s most popular form of tai chi is easy to learn yet maintains the traditional feel of longer and more complex forms.

We’ll focus on how to apply the lessons of tai chi to reducing stress and increasing flow in your every day life. This class is perfect for anyone wanting to shed stress, worry, anxiety and gain greater well-being, happiness and enjoyment of life’s simple pleasures. You’ll gain mental and emotional flexibility, an overall softening of the heart/mind, as well as better balance and immune response! No special gear or prior experience required, though soft soled shoes are recommended.

Meditation Happy Hour Fridays at lunch noon-1pm

Ease into your weekend by giving your self some headspace and much needed balance in body and mind. Let your tension and stress melt away with an hour of gentle, mindful movement and guided meditation. Learn to create mental space, cultivate emotional intelligence, work with negative emotions, do quick centering strategies. Come as you are. No special clothing or gear needed.

Call to sign up now! You can drop in or buy a ten-class pack! First week free.

Free-4-All 2015! June 8 – 14!
Click Here for FREE Class Schedule!

A one-time class card registration fee is required in order to purchase the 10-class or course cards.  You can click here to be redirected to a MindBody shopping cart to pay the card registration fee. You can continue to add classes directly in MindBody.

Or sign up for a single class or series of classes directly from the schedule below.
Registration may also be done at the studio.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of class to register.

American Rhythm Center
at The Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan, 3rd Floor
(312) 922-1272

Two New Classes at The American Rhythm Center!


We’re back! At The American Rhythm Center

June 8 through August 16! ARCLogo2

*(Please note, there is a week break July 20-Aug.2)

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Our goal is to get you feeling more balanced and happy. In short, we’ll stop at nothing short of awesomeness. Here’s two new ways to help get you there.

Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm Tai Chi Yang 24 Simplified Form

Perfect for beginners or experienced tai chi players. The world’s most popular form of tai chi is easy to learn yet maintains the traditional feel of longer and more complex forms. 

We’ll focus on how to apply the lessons of tai chi to reducing stress and increasing flow in your every day life. This class is perfect for anyone wanting to shed stress, worry, anxiety and gain greater well-being, happiness and enjoyment of life’s simple pleasures. You’ll gain mental and emotional flexibility, an overall softening of the heart/mind, as well as better balance and immune response! No special gear or prior experience required, though soft soled shoes are recommended. 

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Friday 12noon-1pm Happy Hour

Ease into your weekend by giving your self some headspace and much needed balance in body and mind. Let your tension and stress melt away with an hour of gentle, mindful movement and guided meditation. Learn to create mental space, cultivate emotional intelligence, work with negative emotions, do quick centering strategies.  Come as you are. No special clothing or gear needed.

IMG_3704Contact the American Rhythm Center to register right away to reserve your spot! Drop in rate just $15 or purchase a 10-pack card for only $125. That’s just $12.50/class!

Tai Chi News Flash!


I’m very excited to announce that Calm Chicago will be teaching tai chi at the American Rhythm Center again. The link for registration will be available soon, but you can pencil in your class times now. 

My tai chi classes are perfect for beginners and tai chi players of all levels. I emphasize the use of tai chi as a tool for relaxation, personal growth and stress management. Shift happens but suffering is optional! I hope you’ll join us. 

The American Rhythm Center is in the gorgeous, landmark Fine Arts Building at 410 South Michigan Ave. easily accessible for public transit and parking.

Classes start June 8 and run through August 16.

My offering in Yang 24 Form tai chi will be:

  • Tuesday evenings 5:30-6:30
  • Friday lunchtime 12-1

Drop in classes are $15 and a ten class pack is just $125!

Please share this with friends and colleagues.

Let the fourth be with you! Happy World Star Wars Day!

On Forgetting, then Remembering and the Value of Reminders


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Today I posted something on Twitter and was feeling pretty good about it. I thought, “Cool – simple and to the point about how even one minute of meditation can restore us. ” ( I usually over-explain everything, over complicate. So this felt like a bit of a breakthrough. Just a teeny one, but still. Or, I go the other way and skip over items of importance, like I did today.) And it’s true. 60 seconds. sitting and breathing. That’s it.

And because the Twitter feed is set up to automatically connect to Facebook, my friend, Eric Borreson, who teaches tai chi around Gilman, saw it and made a comment. His comment added valuable insight to my original post. And it was humbling in the best way. He said, “Take one breath and pay attention. Take another and repeat. The next that you notice is that you are calmer than you were a minute ago. 🙂

I loved that he mentioned paying attention. And in particular, paying attention to the breath and then noticing the feeling of increased calm.  For while, the point of meditation (if it can be said to have a point) is not exclusively about getting calm and relaxed, those are very nice – side effects, if you will.

So here it all was. Forgetting and then being reminded and remembering. I also recognized that I might have used this little experience to berate myself quite a bit actually for failing at trying to offer a bit of teaching or insight. If I’d done that I would have missed a much more accurate and important insight; that is that we love and value having wise friends so much because they remind of things which are beneficial to know and that social media really can be used for genuine good and that all of this is about recognizing and feeling part of our fundamental interconnection and sharing information, wisdom. When we embrace it all, we become larger than we are alone.  We are healed, held gently, wisely and compassionately.

And that, is so much nicer than self recrimination, isn’t it? (-:

Have a day everyone. Together, I hope, we can practice being mindful, cultivating the garden of our hearts and minds for peace for ourselves and for our communities.

Thank you for stopping by.

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