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Sandy McAlister
Sandy McAlister began studying T’ai Chi Chih in 1983 and became an accredited teacher in 1985.  In 2001, she was appointed a teacher trainer making her one of only a select few international teacher trainers of T’ai Chi Chih. Being a teacher trainer has enriched her life by providing the opportunity to meet and work with so many people with open hearts. For Sandy, exploring new ways to understand, feel, and experience T’ai Chi Chih has kept the practice of T’ai Chi Chih exciting and fresh.  To date, she has taught literally thousands of accredited teachers and devoted students. Over the years, this has inspired (and required!) her to find creative ways to impart the essence of the practice to just about every learning style.
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Seated T’ai Chi Chih
Over the years, teachers have found there is a great need for a modified version of T’ai Chi Chih for those unable to stand. The Seated T’ai Chi Chih DVD produced by Sandy is a labor of love inspired from the desire to bring T’ai Chi Chih to those who might otherwise not be able to do the form standing.  Sandy’s many years as a teacher trainer has served her well in the adaptation of the seated version. When developing seated T’ai Chi Chih, the goal was to keep the form as close as possible to T’ai Chi Chih practiced on one’s feet.  If movements had to be modified significantly, it seemed best to leave them out. The principles which applied to the standing form were also used to guide the development of the seated form.

Part 1 of the DVD is instructional.  Part 2 is a full practice session. 
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About T'ai Chi Chih

T’ai Chi Chih is JOY thru movement. There is a sense of deep serenity at the end of a practice.  The calming effect on the mind and emotions, along with the release of tension throughout the body, is something commonly experienced even from the very first class. 

"Whether one understands the reasons for such benefits or
not and whether or not one has faith, regular practice of
T’ai Chi Chih should bring great rewards.  Just do it and let
your own experience convince you."

~ Justin Stone, Originator of T'ai Chi Chih
quote taken from the T’ai Chi Chih Photo Text

The 19 movements and one pose are fairly simple but bring about profound benefits.  T’ai Chi Chih is not a martial art and has no religious affiliation. With the seated adaptation now defined and refined, T’ai Chi Chih can be practiced on one’s feet or in a chair, or combination of both.
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Teaching Tip:

Rocking Motion: Weight Shift

In the forward part of the movement

After you have come up on the balls of the feet

You come down by slowly bending the knees

Keeping the weight in the balls of the feet

(Heels touch the ground, but there is no weight in them)

      The knees gradually straighten and it is  THEN

That the weight moves slowly into the heels.

Patience in T'ai Chi Chih improves the balance as we move.


"You are complete. T’ai Chi Chih is helping you uncover that completeness. I say, ‘Learn to live with and in that completeness and have absolute faith in it and absolute faith in life.’”

~ Justin Stone, an excerpt from his Prajna Booklet