Tai Chi for Health Programs

Tai Chi for Health Programs

Tai Chi for Arthritis 1 (TCA 1) – Click here to REGISTER

 Once enrolled, you can attend one class / week or 5 classes / week (attending at different times/ locations) for no additional fee. PT’s & PTA’s who attend 12 hours of TCA 1 class time receive CEU’s for 12 hours.

Tai Chi for Arthritis is the foundational evidence-based program developed by Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician and a team of tai chi and medical specialists.  It is based on Sun Style Tai Chi.  Sun Style incorporates unique qigong movements with agile stepping. The program is endorsed by the Center for Disease Control and by the Arthritis Foundation because it is shown to be effective in decreasing pain, stiffness and risk for falls while improving balance and postural stability, strength, endurance, coordination, cognitive focus, immune system function and the mind-body connection.  The TCA Level 1 program can be practiced seated as well as standing. This is the entry and foundational program for beginners exploring Tai Chi.   


Tai Chi for Arthritis 2 (TCA 2) –   Click here to REGISTER!

This form completes the set of the Tai Chi for Arthritis program as developed by Dr. Paul Lam and the Tai Chi for Health Institute. The Tai Chi for Arthritis program with Part 2 consists of 41 movements and has been developed to be suitable for most people.

 Prerequisite: Tai Chi for Arthritis 1


Advanced Tai Chi for Health (WATCH) –  Click here to REGISTER!
This class takes TCA Level 1 & 2 (Sun Style) to greater depth while exploring other styles and forms.  Throughout the year  sitting / walking meditation, self-massage and Silk Reeling may be offered.   Beginning movements of Yang Style 24, Tai Chi for Energy or Tai Chi for Rehab may be introduced along with various Qigong practices : 5 Element QiGong, Seven Movements of the Sky Fisherman Qigong, Shibashi 18 Movement Tai Chi Qigong, or The Eight Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin).


Yang Style Level 1–  Click here to REGISTER!

For Beginners who’ve never done Yang Style.  This is the most popular style of Tai Chi.  If you have watched a group doing Tai Chi in the Park and liked it, this is probably the style that captured your heart.  The movements are more expansive and deeper than Sun Style of TCA.  If you are comfortable stepping backwards, can turn your head to either side and can stand on one foot for 20 seconds you should be comfortable with this class. The course pace is quicker than Tai Chi for Arthritis.  Course material covers four Qigong positions, the first six movements in the 24 Yang Style Form and Dan Tien Breathing.

TCA Level 1 & 2 are prerequisites or permission of instructor


Yang Style Level 2–  Click here to REGISTER!

For those who have completed Yang Style Level 1 or have begun learning the 24 form, this class is for you.  We will complete learning the 24 form movements. The 24 Forms Yang Style is the most practiced style of Tai Chi throughout the world.

Prerequisite: Tai Chi for Arthritis Level 1& Tai Chi for Beginners Yang Style Level 1


Yang Style Level 3–   Click here to REGISTER !

We will explore the 24 Forms movements in more depth.  This class is for those who’ve completed Yang Style Level 2 class. 

Prerequisite: TCA 1 and Yang Style 2. You should also be comfortable with the slow kicks used in the warm-up exercises.


Maintaining Yang Style 24

Have you completed the Yang Style 24 Form and want to make sure you don’t forget it?  We will use this short class to play the form together and make little improvements as we go.  If you can get through the whole form if the instructor calls out the pieces and parts, you will do OK in this class.  Our primary goal for this class it to memorize the form and maintain what we know.


Tai Chi for Energy 1 –  Click here to REGISTER!

Dr. Lam created the Tai Chi for Energy program for those who want a more invigorating practice to add to their repertoire. This program combines two styles of Tai Chi. Sun and Chen. Sun Style incorporates unique qigong movements with agile stepping. Chen style is vigorous and complex, combining fast and slow movements with spiral force. This class deepens our understanding of Sun Style by adding Spiral force to movements we know and adds new Chen Style movements: Golden Guard Stamping Ground (Right and Left) and Punch with Covered Fist (Right and Left).

 Prerequisite: Tai Chi for Arthritis Levels 1 & 2



Class Information

10 Week Tai Chi Programs 

Classes offered on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Abernethy Methodist Church
Tuesdays: 2:00-3:00 Tai Chi for Arthritis Level 1 – Anne Plyler Instructors   


Country Club of Asheville (members only)  

Mondays: 11:00-12:00 Tai Chi for Arthritis Level 1 – Anne Plyler Instructors   


First Baptist Church: 5 Oak St. & I -240
Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 PM   Tai Chi Arthritis Level 1 & 2 Anne Plyler, Instructor
Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 PM   Tai Chi Arthritis Level 1 Dennis Hagarty Instructor


Homewood Event Center: 19 Zillicoa St.  in the Montford Historic District

Mondays: 2:00-3:00 Tai Chi for Arthritis Level 1 –  Anne Plyler, Instructors

Mondays: 1:00-2:00 Tai chi for Arthritis Level 2 – Anne Plyler, Instructors

Tuesdays: 12:30-1:30 Tai Chi for Energy 1- Linda Schlensker, Instructor
Tuesdays: 11:30-12:30 Introduction to Yang Style Level 2– Linda Schlensker, Instructor

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 PM Tai Chi Arthritis Level 2 (prerequisite is completion of Level 1 TCA) Anne Plyler Instructor
Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 PM   Yang Style Level 1 (prerequisite is completion of Level 1 TCA) Linda Schlensker – Instructor

Wednesdays 2:00 -3:00 Yang 24  Form Level 3 – Linda Schlensker – Instructor
Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 PM – Tai Chi Arthritis Level 2   –  Anne Plyler,  Instructors
Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 PM* – Advanced Tai Chi for Health – Anne Plyler  


Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church: 701 Warren Wilson Rd. Swannanoa 28778

Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 AM – Tai Chi Arthritis Levels 1&2   – Bob & Anne Plyler, Instructors



The cost of each 10 week program is $140.00. Payment is expected at the first class by cash or check. Make checks to WNC Tai Chi for Health


$126.00 discount rate is offered for those with MD or physical therapist prescriptions, members of Abernethy Methodist Church, First Baptist Church.

Returning students who have completed one 10 week series of classes come for the price of $120.00 for their next 10 week series.


Returning students who bring a new member to register for classes come for $70.00

Returning students who would like to take two classes during the same 10 week period get a 75% discount:  2 classes for $180.00


Members of Asheville Country Club see Jessica English at the club for details.


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.


Members of Asheville Country Club contact Jessica English (828-258-9183) for details and to register for Tai Chi for GOLF or Tai Chi for Arthritis classes offered at various times throughout the year.   



DR PAUL LAM’s pre-conference course: June 10-11 at Blue Ridge Assembly “Beyond Tai Chi for Rehabilitation”. Open to anyone – no Tai Chi experience necessary.  It’s a great opportunity for rehab professionals to earn CEU’s and have a blast.

Register here: http://taichiforhealthinstitute.org/workshops/workshop/

DR. PAUL LAM’s week long workshop June 12-17 at Blue Ridge Assembly which is open for all levels of experience. Register here: http://taichiforhealthinstitute.org/workshops/workshop/