Tai Chi Teacher and sometimes writer
Anne (center, front row) attended Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi Workshop in June 2012 at Olive Branch, Mississippi (near Memphis, TN), working on the Yang 40 form, a new challenge! The photo above is from the 2011 workshop, with the Sun 73 in-depth class.
I'm originally from NYC, but after marrying, moved to Vermont, then Ireland, then Pennsylvania (2 locations). I worked at various jobs--from cooking to secretarial, from census taking to running a flood control agency. When my three kids were all college age, I divorced and undertook PhD studies in English at West Virginia University.
I first studied tai chi in Morgantown, WV, while I was in graduate school. This Yang style class stressed tai chi's martial aspects, and soon I dropped out.
When I moved to Ohio to teach at Ohio State-Marion, I joined a small, caring group of students in Columbus studying Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi. The Ming Lu school is small but vibrant and stresses health and good humor. Teachers Jeff and Paki showed me the difference patient, perceptive teachers can make.
I first studied Dr. Lam's Tai Chi for Arthritis at the Columbus Arthritis Foundation in May 2005, and first taught TCA at the Marion, Ohio Senior Center.
I've been teaching tai chi in Vermont for six years.