Marie Dotts wants to help Windsor residents relieve stress and create joy through movement this spring with two T’ai Chi Chih classes at the Community Recreation Center.
The two T’ai Chi Chih (pronounced tie chee cha) classes focus on circulating and balancing the body’s energy through slow-moving meditation, Dotts said.
The classes will run from April 28 through June 30.
“The purpose is to circulate and balance your internal energy and unite to the universal energy within you,” Dotts said. “In our culture, you can’t help but block and distort your energy flow, and that’s when illness happens. It affects every level of your being.”
Dotts has been practicing T’ai Chi Chih for 17 years and began teaching 16 years ago after receiving her T’ai Chi Chih teaching accreditation. She taught the classes in Windsor last fall and the interest in those led her to host the classes again this spring.
“I had so many people tell me they were waiting for T’ai Chi Chih to come to Windsor,” Dotts said. “I had people repeating my beginner class and now there’s enough of a following to do the continuing class at the Windsor Community Recreation Center.”
In her career, Dotts has been a licensed practical nurse, a software engineer for Hewlett Packard and a certified nursing assistant for Pathways Hospice. She recently took a voluntary layoff from her position at the hospice to focus on teaching T’ai Chi Chih full time.
While she said the practice is beneficial for people of all ages, her classes benefit people who are dealing with stress and older adults — even those that use walkers and wheelchairs. She said along with the practice’s mental, emotional and spiritual benefits, it can also help those with physical ailments like joint pain, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.
“It’s one of the best exercise and movements for balance,” Dotts said. “It can help cultivate an internal center of calm where you can let go of the thoughts that create stress. Spiritually, it’s been the greatest gift to me. For me, more than anything, it helped create an inner sense of home and space to love myself unconditionally.”
She said the beginner class will go at a slower pace compared to the continuing class, and that first-timers should start with the beginner class. She said for those that can’t attend this session, she also plans to hold the classes in Windsor again in the fall.