Full Circle T'ai Chi
T’ai Chi · Meditation · Qigong
"There is an inward center in ourselves where truth abides in fullness."
The essence of our practice
Tai chi, qigong, and meditation are the tools of our practice. Qigong (energy work) is a discipline unto itself and an umbrella under which tai chi and meditation rest in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Through the complimentary practices of movement and stillness, we foster health and peace of mind. Through their practice may our capacity for goodness and wisdom be more fully realized.
For our health
The relaxed fluid movements of tai chi and qigong gently manipulate joints and stimulate respiration and circulation. Balance, coordination, and muscle strength are improved, and the functioning of our body’s vital systems is enhanced. In meditation practice we learn to observe, and consequently change, our tendencies toward habitual and conditioned responses to our environment. We learn to live in the present and to meet daily stressors with equanimity and poise. With continued practice, vibrant health and a general “ease of being” begins to permeate our lives.
True martial proficiency requires training techniques beyond Full Circle’s approach and outside our philosophical intent. All who practice these disciplines consistently, though, gain a benefit of self-protection. In the words of the influential teacher and tai chi master, Fong Ha, “A mind that is free and at peace will recognize immediately either kindness or aggression, correctly interpreting and responding appropriately to any touch, whether that touch is mental, physical or spiritual. In this sense our practice is a martial art.”
Robert (Bob) Teachout has been practicing tai chi, qigong and meditation for over 30 years. In 2001 he founded Full Circle Tai Chi to teach and promote the many benefits of regular practice. Bob teaches weekly classes in his home town of Lansing, MI, and conducts workshops throughout the state. His writings have been published in local and international journals of tai chi and spiritual life.
Cloud Hands Michigan Workshops
Cloud Hands Michigan is a group of teachers and practitioners of tai chi, qigong, and meditation (internal arts) that conduct three low cost ($10 recommended donation) day long workshops each year in different cities in Michigan to share and promote internal arts practice. Each February we are in Saginaw; each August, Arcadia; and each November we are in Howell. Each workshop will have several teachers; their time is donated. Please contact Bob for details.