Diane teaches both novices and experienced students with the Collaborative.
She started teaching tai chi with a large international organization in 2006, following the principles espoused by Master Moy Lin Shin. When the pandemic began in 2020, Diane created the Tai Chi Collaborative to enable students to continue their practice and meet the need for social contact. At first, classes were only outdoors, but Diane added Zoom and indoor classes in 2021.
In 2022, Diane completed a teacher certification from Holden QiGong and now incorporates the simple but powerful time-honored art in her instruction.
Students consistently comment on Diane's patience, encouraging attitude and calm communication. She strives to assist students to understand and develop awareness of themselves and the concepts/movements taught in each class.
After practicing tai chi for over 15 years, with multiple instructors and in multiple locations, Melanie has begun teaching the Collaborative's newest students. With a background in massage therapy and personal experience with her own human body's struggles, Melanie brings a solid understanding of how the body works to her lessons. Additionally, her skills of observation and sense of humor make her an engaging and informative instructor.
Our instructors have a range of experience in teaching adults Tai Chi. We focus on a 108 move Yang style, modified from the teachings of Master Moy Lin Shin. Each instructor enjoys helping students improve their balance, flexibility and strength, regardless of starting point.
Qigong is a system of health and exercise that originated in China thousands of years ago. Tai chi is a form of qigong that originated as a martial art but is now practiced for its ability to improve balance, strength and flexibility. Qigong is a bit simpler because there is no standard routine to learn.
We understand that adopting new habits is challenging. Our goal is to change your perspective, so that tai chi and qigong become part of your lifestyle. We strongly believe that if you regularly practice Tai Chi and Qigong, you will gain tools to benefit you for the rest of your life.