YMCA Annual Women's Fitness Camp Snow Mtn. Ranch,
Granby, Colorado. Cynthia leads Tai Chi class.
Please enjoy this video clip of the 5 Element and First Circle Living Tao Tai Chi form
in Gold Beach, Oregon
Movement for Life
Tai Chi will awaken your
life force chi energy and harmonize your body, mind
and spirit. It is a metaphor for life, a way of expressing your
inner self, of coming back to your center, calming the clatter of
Cynthia demonstrates the opening
movement of the "Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain"
Tai Chi sequence.
Tai Chi is an ancient, healing movement meditation, originating
in China 4,000 years ago. The individual postures of Tai Chi are
based on movements seen in nature, such as those of water, birds,
wind and flowers. A Tai Chi session consists of a slow, graceful
sequence of movements, done while standing, which explore expansion,
contraction and balance.
Cynthia teaches a form of Tai Chi which encourages ones own
unique expression and experience of the Tai Chi form. Cynthia began
studying Tai Chi after experiencing a back injury. Tai Chi has played
a crucial role in her personal healing journey. Cynthia says: Now
I offer my teachings to you because Tai Chi has been a doorway of
healing for me.
Cynthias classes include energizing warm-ups, Tai Chi practice
and a guided deep relaxation. The practice of Tai Chi helps one
to put aside the worries and stresses of daily life, smell
the roses, and find serenity by resting in the present moment.
Chungliang Al Huang, my Tai Ji teacher, practicing his form in China on a bamboo raft.
Benefits of Tai Chi
Improves cardiorespiratory function and lowers blood pressure,
especially for persons recovering from heart attacks and cardio-bypass
Improves range of motion, flexibility, strength and balance;
decreases risk of falls in seniors
Shifts focus off area of pain into a relaxed state
Creates active relaxation
Helps release feelings of anger, depression and grief
Complements conventional medical treatments for chronic pain,
fibromyalgia, MS and chronic fatigue syndrome
Enhances vitality and brings a sense of well-being and peace
YMCA Annual Women's Fitness Camp Snow
Granby, Colorado. Cynthia leads Tai Chi class.
Chungliang Al Huang and Cynthia at the Living Tao River House.
One morning I was practicing my Tai Chi as usual. I was doing the First Circle. Just as I lifted my foot in order to step over tiger, my orange and white tabby leaped directly into that space which required me to step over him. Although he was not sleeping, stepping over tiger had more meaning for me on that special morning.
-Cricket Babajian, Tai Chi Student
My introduction to Tai Chi was in Cynthia Ghiron’s Tai Chi classes at the YMCA in Boulder. I found the class to be the highlight of my week, with soothing music, beautiful imagery, flowing movements and a fun atmosphere. I recently tried a Tai Chi class nearer my house and found it to be not half as enjoyable as Cynthia’s class. The other class was a lot of time spent standing around and talking about fighting, history etc with no music. Because I’m looking for a spiritually uplifting mind-body experience, I signed up for Cynthia’s class again.
About 6 years ago
I learned I had heart disease. I improved my nutrition and exercise
easily enough but I wasn't sure how to reduce stress, a major cause
of heart disease. I began Tai Chi at that time and have continued
ever since. I have a noticeable drop in blood pressure and I feel
so much more centered after I perform Tai Chi. I highly recommend
Cynthia Ghiron guides her students through a meditative movement
experience. I personally had the opportunity to study Tai Chi with
her over a four year period. I found a peace of mind, equanimity
and centeredness that greatly contributed to my well being and ability
to cope with the stresses of everyday life. I highly recommend Cynthia's
approach to teaching Tai Chi she is a kind, supportive and
encouraging teaacher a pleasure to learn from.
In my work as an ultra-sonographer I had developed pain due to chronic
repetitive motion. The simple and gentle rotation and stretching
of the shoulders along with the movements and focused breathing
of Tai Chi has both decreased my pain and helped me to feel the
calmness within. I am grateful to Cynthia for providing me with
such a wonderful experience.
In my fifteen years
of Tai Chi class with Cynthia Ghiron, Tai Chi has been both play
and meditation. No matter how hectic my day, how sore my body, how
sad my heart, Tai Chi in the company of others expands my energy
and turns me towards my better and stronger self.
I had wanted to learn Tai Chi for some years before I found the
opportunity provided by Cynthia Ghiron's fine teaching. Here was
something that it would be possible to do until older age, but was
(as I discovered) something that also improved the quality of life
as I got older. Tai Chi teaches you to breathe, how to stay limber,
helps with balance, and eases muscle and joint aches. I talso allows
you the pleasure of moving gracefully. It is something that I do
anywhere in a spare moment during the day stretching to break
up sedentary hours at the computer, and before and after a workout
at the gym. You can teach pieces of it to colleagues and family
members and enjoy a break together. In short, I recommend Tai Chi
to anyone who wants to move more gracefully and easily into older
age. Cynthia Ghiron's teaching is also excellent. She is thoughtful,
skilled, encouraging and leaves no one behind.
I wanted to express
my gratitude for Cynthia's Tai Chi instruction in the past few years.
I enrolled primarily because of its beauty and controlled movement
aspects. Although I did not believe much in Tai Chi's health benefits
at first, I have found it prevents my recurrent back and neck aches
that I experience as a result of my work as an optometrist. I also
appreciate your relaxation and meditation sessions. I find they
help me relax from stress.
C. Weber, O.D.
Tai Chi has offered
me the opportunity to gain a new way of being insightful, both to
myself and others. It has given me inner peace.
This class is what we need more of today, in this age of seeking
to pull together and rebalance ourselves and the world. Tai Chi
has given me another tool for self-healing and healing of others.
This course offers a gentle contemplative approach to a physical
expression of being alive.
There is so much energy to harness in the universe. Tai Ji makes
me feel more connected to the world.