Classes We Offer
Originally developed in ancient China for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into an exercise characterized by gentle, flowing movements. Tai Chi is now used to address numerous health conditions, to proactively improve overall health, for rehabilitation following illness or injury, and to reduction stress and anxiety. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi has been clinically shown to have positive effects on the body, mind and spirit.
Medical studies have shown that practicing Qigong can lead to improved balance, increased flexibility, relief from high blood pressure, relief from some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease, pain relief from arthritis and fibromyalgia, reduced stress, depression and anxiety, improved posture, better circulation, better sleep patterns, and an overall improvement in a sense of well-being.
Tai chi and Qigong are often called meditation in motion. They are classified as internal or contemplative arts and are known to improve overall health and a sense of well-being. These practices incorporate aspects of slow body movements, integrated breath, Qi (energy) flow and focused concentration. The movements help to improve concentration, balance, flexibility, range of motion, and address many common health concerns. Standing Crane, LLC has introduced many people to these ancient practices in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.
The practice of Qigong is a bit easier than Tai Chi because it requires less lower body movement and can be performed simply by following the movements of the instructor. Memorizing the movements from week to week is not necessary.
What Participants Say
"I love these classes! My wife notices a difference in me every time I get home from class. I am going to continue these practices for the rest of my life! The classes help me slow down and I need that."
"Our balance, range of motion and strength have all improved since we began these tai chi classes. Our doctors are very happy we're participating and so are we!"
Bill and Cindy S.
"My physicians are impressed with the improvements in my medical conditions since taking your classes. This is the only type of physical activity I participate in. My Rheumatologist, Cardiologist, and PCP were all anxious to receive your contact information."
"I never knew what Qigong was until I took your class and it has made a great improvement in my balance."
"Thank you for all of your help with Tai Chi and your patience!"
"I thoroughly enjoy your classes and I thank you so very much for enhancing my knowledge of Tai Chi."
"Your class and teaching technique is wonderful! Thanks for all you have done for us."
We know how precious your time is and we want your investment in our classes to be beneficial. We pride ourselves in making the classes fun, social, safe, and ultimately something that will improve your overall health and quality of life.
Our classes can be tailored for groups, private lessons, workshops, or corporate wellness programs.