Like practicing the piano while leg-pressing another piano, tai chi helps to develop strength and discipline simultaneously. Bolster body and mind with this Groupon.
- $19 for Two Tickets to World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ($40 Value)<p>
Taking place at Willow Stream Spa in the Scottsdale Fairmont, World Tai Chi and Qigong Day invites visitors from six continents and more than 66 countries to stretch their limbs in a 90-minute exercise class that blends traditional qi gong techniques with contemporary tai chi. Angella M. Hamilton, the creator of Zen Method, guides pupils of all experience levels through basic maneuvers that aim to improve balance, strength, and the ability to lick one’s own elbow. The event also includes a tea tasting with soothing brews from Souvia and White Lion, and participants can take home a package of fine tea as a souvenir. After the exercise extravaganza, students can access an online video to help them to practice learned moves at home.<p>
On her quest to further understand the relationship between physical motion and energy flow, certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor Angella M. Hamilton began studying the ancient technique of tai chi under the tutelage of master David Dorian Ross. Her fascination with the time-honored practice led her to forge her own variation, combining healing elements of tai chi and qI gong to create the free-flowing Zen Method. When stricken with breast cancer at the age of 36, Angella practiced the Zen Method to keep herself healthy and empowered. Through regularly scheduled classes and workshops, she now imparts the lessons she's learned both in terms of fitness and mental strength.