Tai Chi in Londonderry


Djemila demonstrating the Tai chi posture Repulse Monkey. Photo proved
Djemila demonstrating the Tai chi posture Repulse Monkey. Photo proved

LONDONDERRY, Vt. – A new Tai Chi beginners’ class is starting on Tuesday, October 4 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Mountain CommUnity Yoga Studio (directly above People’s United Bank, on Mountain Market Place – 5700 VT Route 100, Londonderry – VT 05148). Classes will be held weekly, Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. and taught by Djemila Cavanaugh of Long River Taichi Circle. Tuition is $65 per month.

Tai chi chuan is a gentle exercise that can be done by all. It helps improve your alignment, balance, looseness and awareness through a soft practice, rooted in the Taoist tradition, opening the gate to health benefits, self defense and a spiritual path. Students will learn Professor Cheng Man-ching’s “simplified” Yang-style Tai chi form.

Long River Tai Chi Circle is the school of Wolfe Lowenthal, direct student of Professor Cheng Man-ching and author of three classic works on Tai chi chuan. Djemila Cavanaugh is a long time student in the Cheng Man-ching tradition – passionate about sharing this art, she quickly became a teaching assistant and then a teacher in France before moving to Vermont, where she has been studying closely with Wolfe Lowenthal:

“I am very excited to start a new class in Londonderry and to get to be part of the community there! Practicing and teaching Tai chi has brought me a lot of joy and this practice has been a great anchor in my life over the years. So I am happy to get to share it with more people in Western Vermont. It’s already been a great opportunity to meet Gail, who kindly invited me to join the adventure of her new Yoga studio, and all the people who gave me a warm welcome as I was hanging flyers in the Londonderry area.”

To learn more about the class, please contact Djemila at (802) 490-0225, by email: djem.translator@gmail.com or check for updates on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/djemila.lekouara
Djemila and some of her fellow Tai chi practitioners will also be present at the South Derry Street Fair for the Free Library, Saturday, October 8, where they will do a little Tai chi demonstration around 11 a.m.

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