Garuda Tibetan Tai-chi Studio in Albuquerque, NM invites anyone with an interest in martial arts, physical fitness and conditioning, moving meditation, and Eastern philosophy to join us in a supportive atmosphere of individual training for all levels.
Tai-chi has many variants and family styles but only one original form based on the movement of animals in nature. Garuda teaches the oldest known form of tai chi (not Yang, Wu, Chen, etc.) which incorporates precise methods of breathing, weight distribution, energy circulation, and fluidity. Master Liu Seong (Count Willem Reeders) brought this teaching to the west after training from an early age in China. Marilyn Feeney (pictured below) was the first non-Asian he taught it and whom he authorized to teach. Together they opened Garuda Studio and accepted students.
Developed over six centuries ago, Tibetan Tai-chi is a scientific method of physical and mental conditioning, consisting of a unique series of fluid and synchronized movements performed in slow motion in conjunction with a system of deep breathing. Breath is the basis of Tibetan tai chi, as it is of life. Because this technique involves no straining or jerking, but a slow progressive increase in effort, it is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their health and athletic performance, while increasing their resistance to injury. Only patience and consistency matter. Your level of fitness will not prevent you from beginning and can only improve with practice!
Done properly and regularly, Tibetan Tai-chi increases energy and flexibility, normalizes the metabolism, improves muscle tone, and is an effective stress management technique.The method of breathing, balancing, and attending one learns by practicing the form transfers into one’s daily life and improves every aspect of experience… especially if one remembers to apply the teaching.
Garuda welcomes new students who can commit to a serious practice of this demanding system that takes years to become proficient. It yields significant rewards that affect every aspect of one’s life on physical, emotional, and intellectual levels.