Your First Class
You will need no special gear or equipment, but a few things will make you more comfortable.
What to Wear Soft, comfortable clothing. Flat soled shoes, such as moccasins, Keene brand or boating shoes are good. Heavy, thick running shoes or trainers are not as good, but fine if that is what makes you feel comfortable and supported.
Timing It is best to arrive five or ten minutes before class to place your things out of the practice space and to get ready for class. This is respectful of yourself, your teacher and fellow students. There is a bathroom on site.
Lining Up When class is called to start, newer students stand behind the other students. Align yourself directly behind the person in front of you and in line with the person next to you. This grid enables the teacher to see everyone in the class, and they the leader, more easily.
During Class The class will usually start with an acknowledgement or "salute" to the past masters and students of Tai Chi. Then, there may be a series of warm-up Qigong exercises. Follow along. Pay attention, watch and listen, without moving until the teacher asks you and the class to practice the movement together. There will be people in the class who know some or all of the form – our classes have mixed levels in the group. This is helpful both for them and for you!