Tai Chi and cardiac rehabilitation, by Mayo Clinic.

Many doctors and other health care professionals now suggest to their patients that they take up Tai Chi for its known health benefits. Although they’re right about the health benefits, very few doctors practice Tai Chi themselves, so they don’t realize how complex normal Tai Chi choreography can be, and how long and difficult the learning curve is before you get to the “good stuff” health-wise.

In some places, like the Mayo Clinic (see video above), special "easy" Tai Chi classes have been developed for patients in recovery. This is a wonderful way to introduce a simplified version of Tai Chi to those who need it most. At the present time, however, we do not offer "easy Tai Chi". Therefore, if you have serious health recovery issues, we suggest you either consider our Morning Qigong class, or check out the list below of local medical center easy Tai Chi and Qigong classes.


Qigong (“chi-gung”) is a health art, while Tai Chi is a martial art, so Qigong will get you to the good stuff health-wise faster and far more directly than Tai Chi. But Qigong is also the experiential root of Tai Chi, so you'll also be building the foundation skills and experience necessary for Tai Chi, should you eventually decide to go that route. If you can do an hour of light exercise on your own, and you have your doctor's permission, you qualify for our Morning Qigong public classes. Otherwise, you may want to consider one of the therapeutic classes at the medical centers listed below.


Tai Chi Chih at Kaiser
Open to the community.
A form of modified Tai Chi for health.
Best for those older or with serious health issues. 

Tai Chi at Stanford Health
Open to the community.

Open to the community.