Don't miss our Sifu demonstration of the Yang Family Form 108 at 10 am. on November 13 at Sunnylands!
Don't miss our Sifu demonstration of the Yang Family Form 108 at 10 am. on November 13 at Sunnylands!
 

Class Schedule

Please call the sifu who is teaching the class you are interested in attending (see names and phone numbers below). Due to COVID-19, start dates vary and some facilities have mask requirements. Please note, chair tai chi is now available for those who have issues standing. Thank you!

PALM SPRINGS

Monday, Center for Spiritual Living, 2100 Racquet Club Drive
Sifu Jas; for info call (760) 902-9511
6:00 p.m. Beginners
7:00 p.m. Intermediate  
$7 donation per class

Tuesday/Thursday, Mizell Senior Center, 480 S. Sunrise Way
Sifu Verna; for info call (541) 261-2665
2 p.m. Beginners
3 p.m. Advanced
$5 donation per class

CATHEDRAL CITY

Wednesday, Cathedral City Senior Center, 37171 W. Buddy Rogers Ave.
Sifu Verna; for info call (541) 261-2665
10 a.m. Beginners
11 a.m. Advanced
6 p.m. Beginners
$3 donation per class

PALM DESERT

Tuesday, Create Center for the Arts, 73600 Alessandro Drive
Sifu Dawn; for info email dswajian@gmail.com
5:30 p.m. Beginners
Register through Create Center

RANCHO MIRAGE

Tuesday, Del Webb Rancho Mirage Clubhouse, 122 Claret
Sifu Catherine, for info call (760) 413-3432
12 p.m. Beginners
Register through Power of Fitness

Saturday, Sunnylands, 37977 Bob Hope Dr.
Sifus of Tai Chi Circle of the Desert
10 a.m. Intro to Yang Family Form
No charge

PALM DESERT

Wednesday, The Joslyn Center, 73-750 Catalina Way
Sifu Darlene; for info call (760) 668-8382
11 a.m. All levels
$8.00 per class

Thursday, Temple Sinai, 73251 Hovley Lane W.
Sifu Diane, for info call (303) 916-4847
1 p.m. All levels. Please note masks and COVID-19 vaccinations required.
No charge; voluntary contribution to Temple Sinai appreciated

Friday, Spiritual Center of the Desert, Costa Hall, 45630 Portola Ave.
Sifu Lu; for info call (760) 325-1047
8:00 a.m. Advanced (registration and masks required)
$7.00 per class

Friday, Spiritual Center of the Desert, Costa Hall, 45630 Portola Ave.
Sifu Maureen; for info call (760) 587-1738
9 a.m. Beginners (registration and masks required)
$7.00 per class

LA QUINTA

Wednesday, The Citrus, 50-503 Mandarina (Citrus membership required)
Sifu Darlene; for info call (760) 668-8382
9 a.m. All levels
$8.00 per class

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CHAIR / WHEELCHAIR CLASSES

Tuesday, 3 p.m., In-House at Mizell Senior Center and via Zoom, 480 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs
Sifu Lea, for info call (760) 328-9327 or (760) 898-0399 or email yourtaichijourney@gmail.com

Wednesday, 1 p.m., Cathedral City Senior Center, 37171 W. Buddy Rogers Ave.
Sifu Lea, for info call (760) 328-9327 or (760) 898-0399 or email yourtaichijourney@gmail.com

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QiGONG CLASSES

Saturday, QiGong on Zoom
Sifu Lu; for info call (760) 325-1047
Rock Steady Boxing participants only

CLASSES OUTSIDE THE COACHELLA VALLEY

CLAREMONT: Feeling Groovy Health and Wellness Center, 863 West Foothill Blvd.
Sifu DJ; for info call (818) 967-6660 or email dajuanlatimer716@gmail.com
Friday 12:00 p.m. Beginners

WEST COVINA: ESGV Japenese Community Center. 1203 West Puente Ave.
Sifu DJ; for info call (818) 967-6660 or email dajuanlatimer716@gmail.com
Monday 4:00 p.m. Beginners
Wednesday 4:00 p.m. Beginners
Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Beginners

Class Protocols

The following class protocols clarify the attitudes, behaviors, and performance standards that are expected from all who participate in classes taught by members of the Tai Chi Circle of the Desert. As a whole, they define the culture of our tai chi community.

Teaching Philosophy

Tai Chi Circle of the Desert is dedicated to teaching Tai Chi to all who are interested in learning for as long as they want to learn and are willing to participate in their learning.

The practice of Tai Chi builds energy and increases joy. It is best learned and practiced in a relaxed class setting where everyone can celebrate where they are in the learning process.

It is the student’s responsibility to find a qualified teacher and to listen to and to cooperate with that teacher.

It is the teacher’s responsibility to recognize and honor the individual learning capacity and approach of each student and to adapt the teaching accordingly.

The art of teaching requires on-going learning on the part of the teacher.

Student Comments

Tai chi keeps your brain engaged; it’s challenging in a good way! Physically, the slow movements improve your strength, stamina and balance, too. I feel calm and centered at the end of class.

Diane

I like the quiet, peaceful discipline of tai chi. I can practice anytime and anywhere, including just in my head. It provides me with a sense of well-being, as well as accomplishment, that I am learning the postures and am able to see the beauty of this old and lasting form of moving meditation.

Doris

Tai chi is a low stress way of exercising, mentally challenging, and fun.

Dorothy

As a physician, I practice and recommend tai chi for the inner peace and harmony you obtain from it. It can relieve stress that we have in our daily lives as well as improving our balance, which is so critical as we get older.

Dr. Lewis

Tai chi is a smarter, better exercise program without punishing the body.

Maureen

I have studied tai chi for the past two years. I knew it would be beneficial with overall health, however, I have been surprised at how much it has helped my golf game. I have stamina, focus, and a slower paced effective swing. Tai chi has made more of a difference than lessons or practice.

Melanie

Tai chi builds physical strength and balance as well as mental acuity and relaxation skills.

Miriam

I take tai chi classes because I want to remain healthy, alert, emotionally happy in my life, and physicality fit as long as I am able. After each class, I feel emotionally charged and yet peaceful and serene with a feeling of accomplishment, understanding there is much to learn. I am 87 years of age.

Mimi

A good meditation form for both your mind and body

Tony

I’ve been involved in various fitness and exercise programs for many years. I tried Pilates, fitness trainers, gym workouts, and yoga. But it is tai chi where I have found a cognitive awareness of the connection of body and mind as well as an inner strength and calmness. Tai chi is improving my balance in addition to muscle tone and strength. It is also sharpening my mental focus.

Trudy