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The cost of the 12 week program is $140.00 for 12 weeks, $70.00 for 6 weeks program payable at the first class by cash or check.

Checks for classes at First Baptist Church  are made out to First Baptist Church Asheville.
For classes at the Jewish Community Center checks are made out to JCC of Asheville.
Checks for classes at Homewood Event Center are made out to WNC Tai Chi Arthritis


New Series Tai Chi for Arthritis Level 1 & Level 2  (3 locations)

Beginning  Aug. 13 a 12 week series @ Homewood Event Center 11:00-12:00 am
Beginning Aug. 13 a 12 week series @ First Baptist Church of Asheville 4:00-5:00 and 7:30-8:30 PM
Beginning  Aug 20  a 12 week  series of TCA Classes at Asheville’s Jewish Community Center  1:00-2:00  in the gym


Aug 13-Oct 29 , 2014 

Level I & II TCA 12 week series @ Homewood Event Center 11:00-12:00 am

Level I & ADVANCED LEVEL II TCA 4:00-5:00 @ First Baptist Church of Asheville in the Sherman Center.   Enter through the atrium – park in the lot adjacent to Charlotte St.

Level 1 & 2 TCA 12 week series @ First Baptist Church of Asheville 7:30-8:30 PM in the Sherman Center.  Enter through the atrium – park in the lot adjacent to Charlotte St.

12 week series TCA Classes @ Asheville’s Jewish Community Center  1:00-2:00  in the gym.  Park in lot behind the building.


Tai Chi for Energy – 12 Week Series (1 location)

First Baptist Church of Asheville 5:30-6:30 pm in the Call 828-253-8649 for payment details or questions. Classes meet 1 hour per week for 12 weeks.


In severe weather class may be canceled according to the AB Tech School Schedule http://www.abtech.edu. If bad weather seems likely, please check AB Tech’s web site. If their classes are called off, ours will be too. An opportunity for making up weather scrubbed classes is available by extending the class series. Cancellations will also be posted on our Facebook page.

To join any class series please register on-line. Classes fill quickly so early registration on this web site is advised. Payment is expected at the first class.

Students accepted into the Level II classes need to have completed a Level I class. Level II teaches 9 additional new TCA movements in different directions.

Here’s a link to view the Level I & Level II Tai Chi for Arthritis forms:

Students accepted into the Tai Chi for Energy classes need to have completed a Level I class.

Here’s a link to view the Tai Chi for Energy form:

Classes at First Baptist Church of Asheville meet in the Sherman Center. Enter from the Charlotte Street Parking lot into the atrium and follow signs to our (it’s on the same level as you enter). This meeting space provides generous parking, handicapped spaces, barrier free access and an open, comfortable practice space with plenty of chairs for those who need them.

For classes at the Jewish Community Center Gym on Charlotte Street, park behind the building, enter at the rear entrance on parking lot level. Check in at the registration desk as you enter. Take elevator to 2nd floor and follow signs.

For Classes at Homewood Event Center, generous parking is available on the street in front of the building with handicapped spaces and ramp access as well as behind the building with an elevator to the 2nd floor.  If you would like to use the elevator please call ahead (230-9208) so we can unlock it for you.

The North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy awards 12 points of continuing education credit for physical therapists and PTA’s who successfully complete the Level I course; see their web site for details: continuing competence activity code #0472010Chttp://www.ncptboard.org


Tai Chi for Arthritis Course Learning Objectives

1. Allow participants to experience the health benefits of the Tai Chi for Arthritis program in a safe, comfortable, learning environment.

2. These benefits may include: improved flexibility and muscle strength, calmer breathing, a deep sense of relaxation and well-being and improved balance.

3. Participants will learn and be able to demonstrate Warm Up and Cool Down exercises, tai chi walking, qigong exercises to enhance energy and two tai chi practice programs: the six Basic Movements and six Advanced Movements.

4. Students will learn a brief history, four principle styles, basic principles and current research in Tai Chi including the medical benefits of Tai Chi as reported in the literature.

5. Students will be provided with resources / references for improving their knowledge of Tai Chi, Arthritis, and opportunities for more in-depth study and deepening of their practice.

Tai Chi for Arthritis Course Instructional Methods

Classes will be experiential in a group learning situation. The instructor will encourage students to listen to their bodies and create an atmosphere where students find it easy to stay in their comfort zones. Instructor will teach and encourage visualization. The class will include warm up and cool down exercises, reinforcement of basic principles, learning part of the TCA form, and a review of previous learning. A step wise progressive method as instructed and mandated by the Arthritis Foundation will be followed, utilizing:

1. “Watch Me” Instructor shows complete movement to give overview, facing students).

2. “Follow Me” Instructor breaks the movement into small segments, doing first part of the movement with your back to the students. Repeat 3 – 4 times as students follow).

3. “Show Me” Instructor faces the students and asks them to do the movement while instructor watches, making sure they get the idea and to help students learn small parts of a skill and then build it up step by step.

Instructor will also utilize: 1. Analysis of movement with specific verbal cues.

2. Description of qualities/analogies of movement postures.

3. Direct empathy and vizualizations.

What students are saying…

"As a physical therapist, former Tai Chi instructor and participant in Anne's classes, I thoroughly recommend Anne's Tai Chi classes to anyone willing to learn from her gracious presence, physical therapy expertise, and style of teaching."

"Instructor was very patient and willing to repeat sequences."

"Improved my balance a lot - strengthened my weak ankle so I'm closer to weight bearing equally."

"I'm getting to understand the practice now and developing more energy...happy with the entire course."

"Happy to have a system which I know affects me in healthy ways."

"Most beneficial part of training were the slow methodical demonstrations."

"I can put on my pants safely now standing up with good balance - before I hopped around all over the floor about to fall."

"Thank you for your great introduction to Tai Chi. I am using the DVD in several ways, probably the most important is the evening cooldown before sleep. I am sleeping better, and my back and legs are less painful."