The Woodlands Tai Chi Players
Ryan T - 1/5/19 -Tai Chi has helped me in many ways. One of these is working on expanding my lungs and focus on breathing. I am currently able to breathe easier and focus my breath to movement. I feel that my balance is better and so is my mental focus. The link between my mind and the movement of my body seems to be a bit more in tune as well. While I would like to work on more techniques such as 24 step and even 108 step to expand on energy work, I utilize 8 step every morning when I get up. This has helped me feel more centered and start my day off on the right foot. In a way, it feels like morning meditation without sitting down. I am able to focus my mind and energy better to help minimize addictions to things such as sugar. When I started Tai Chi I was eating a lot of sugary foods and drinks. Today, I am able to realize and redirect my focus away from these things. While I am unsure if this is a side effect of Tai Chi, I personally feel that it has helped greatly. Hopefully, these health benefits that I, personally, have experienced are what you were looking for.
Nancy R - 7/10/18 - I knew very little about Tai Chi until I talked to my friend Henry Pomorski . He had lots of things to say about it like it is good for your balance and he had lost weight doing Tai Chi too . I found all he said to be true but I guess what I love about Tai Chi is that I believe it is helping my memory . Being 75 years old my memory and balance are not as good as they once were . Although at first I didn’t like that no one was standing in front of us doing the moves with us . I understand why this is good for your memory now because you have to learn and remember these moves after they are demonstrated several times . I also love the beauty and grace of Tai Chi . Two other great things about Tai Chi are that this helps your breathing and this should help you relax and also be good for you mentally and physically. The last but not least thing I love about Tai Chi is all the wonderful friends you make . Sesco , you are a wonderful instructor. Thanks also Kathy and Mike and the others who spend lots of their time helping us learn Tai Chi .
Debbie F 8/11/15 - Practicing Tai Chi has increased my balance, calmed my temperament, improved my flexibility, and increased my stamina. Of equal importance, I have new friends and a respected Instructor who is genuinely interested in everyone in our groups.
Claire L - 11/7/18 - I must admit that continuing with Tai Chi was a challenge for me I often reread the words at the beginning of the instructions that it was a journey a sometimes arduous one. Many a time I felt totally defeated but was too stubborn to give up. I looked around at all the other people and said if they can do it there is absolutely no reason why I cannot. It is much more of a commitment than I originally expected but the progress is worth the effort. It has taught be to be mindfull of my every move to learn to focus and relax and just go with the flow. I still have many miles to go on my journey but I can also look back to how far I have come. Along the way I have met some wonderful traveling companions who are patient and encouraging.I hope to continue my journey realizing there will be detours along the way but the road will always be waiting for my return.
Lavonne C - 8/9/18 - While searching for something meaningful to do with my time after retirement, I joined WTCPG at Lone Star College. I quickly discovered that it was just what I needed as it offered a real challenge in the form of gentle exercise and serious mental concentration, not to mention social activity with like-minded people, Tai Chi is unique in that it is a personal experience whether doing alone or performing with a group. Plus, you have made it fun while teaching this valuable art form. Thank you for your dedication.
Michelle M - 7/18/18 - Tai chi is for me a tool for self development.
It is mindfulness, concentration, team work, graceful movements and awareness of every moving part of my body. It is relaxation by breathing and focusing on what I am doing at that very moment.
As we get older, remembering all the steps and refining them gracefully is truly a challenge. My memory is much better for it and my sciatica is gone. Happy to have this activity and new friends in my life.
Laurie A - 9/1/15Tai Chi sounded interesting to me, since I felt like learning something new. The first evening I attended I was hooked. Tai Chi was more then just movements and a low impact exercise , I found it mentally stimulating and challenging as well. The hour flew by. I was never bored ( as I often get through other forms of exercise). As I continued, I noted small changes. I found myself able to balance and flex better, my mind seemed be sharper. Best of all, there is a wonderful comradery within the group. They are a friendly, encouraging and supportive. I have been attending regularly for 4 years now. Sesco has been an excellent, dedicated instructor.-
John W - 9/1/18 - Off and on over thirty years I've had the opportunity to practice the Yang style of tai chi under three instructors when working in Washington, London and now Houston. Unfortunately I've not been a consistent practitioner due to work and travel. The tai chi martial art interests me because of its benefits to maintain/improve mobility, reduce stress, improve breathing & circulation, in addition to the fun of being with a group of like minded people. When in the 'tai chi moment' I sometimes have a feeling similar to what I experienced while scuba diving, a relaxed weightlessness, moving with the ocean currents. Where tai chi has benefited me include the physical, mental and social areas of my life.
Alicia K- 11/7/18
Lessley C- 8/21/17 - While traveling through China a few years ago I became fascinated watching people of all ages practicing Tai Chi in public parks and squares. I loved the beautiful slow and fluid motion of each movement, and the look of serenity on the faces of the participants. I didn’t give it much further thought until seeing Sesco at the ALL open house almost two years ago. After speaking with him I decided to sign up for the class and it was a great decision. Because of degenerative disc and joint disease and fibromyalgia I hadn’t been able to do any strenuous exercise for many years. Tai Chi is just what I needed. I am a lot stronger and more flexible, and my balance has improved considerably. I sleep better and am more relaxed. I have enjoyed the challenge of learning all the forms, and meeting so many new friends who have all been very encouraging and helpful.
Greg C - 7/28/15
John A - 12/01/17
Gill W - 9/9/15
Mary O - 11/5/18- When I was introduced to Tai Chi last fall, I knew little about it. A class was offered in the community where I live so I decided to see what it was all about. After watching a demonstration, I had great concerns about whether I could physically meet the challenges but the beauty and grace of the movements and the peacefulness of Tai Chi greatly appealed to me. Tai Chi has helped me to improve my balance, flexibility, and strength and is an exercise that I can look forward to doing for many years to come. Additionally, I greatly appreciate the patience and encouragement of the wonderful instructors and enjoy the new friends I have made.
Mary Ann T