Beijing 24 T'ai Chi 6 Week Course
to Feb 13

Beijing 24 T'ai Chi 6 Week Course

The Whole Life Society is proud to offer a 6 week introductory Tai Chi class for The Beijing 24.  This Tai Chi form, also known as the Simplified 24 is aimed at beginners.  It uses 24 representative moves from the traditional Yang style.  Although it has been simplified by reducing the repetition of moves and some of the more difficult kicks, it contains the important, traditional characteristics and features of the Yang family style.   This form enables beginners, old and young, to concentrate on, and appreciate, the essential principals of Tai Chi of effortless movement, relaxation and awareness of the mind and body as one. It is said to be the most popular tai chi form practiced today. 

The course will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 - 8:15 pm beginning January 9th, 2018. The cost of the entire six week series is $100. We expect this course to fill up quickly so we are opening enrollment early. Call us at the Whole Life Society -  570-966-2484 to reserve your spot.

Our in house instructor is Michael LaBant, a USMC veteran and certified instructor with the National Qi Gong Association, Institute of Integral Tai Chi and Chi Gong, and a professional instructor with the National Institute of Tai Chi & Chi Gong.   LaBant has studied with numerous Masters, Teachers & Doctors of Chinese medicine, including Dr. Roger Jahnke, the founder and former president of the National Qi Gong Assoc.  Master Ken Cohen, teacher, author, and Dr. of Chinese medicine.  LaBant, a 27 year practitioner of Tai Chi and Qi Gong,  will be introducing the coarse starting in January 2018. 

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to Oct 24

T'ai Chi Easy - 5 Week Series

A five week T'ai Chi Easy Series is scheduled to begin Tuesday evening, September 26th from 7:15-8:15pm.  Each hour-long class will be taught by Michael LaBant.  Michael currently leads Qi Gong classes at our center and is a Professional Member of the T'ai Chi and Qi Gong Association.  He is very excited to have this opportunity to offer this new set of classes at our special place of peace in New Berlin. 

A mind-body practice that combines gentle exercises, breath practices, self-massage, and meditation, T'ai Chi Easy honors the beauty and traditions of T'ai Chi and simultaneously distills the essence and principles of T'ai Chi as a health and self-care practice for our modern times. 

T'ai Chi Easy form consists of classic and simple Qi Gong movements including the four essential Qi cultivation methods: Postural Alignment and Gentle Movements, Breath Practice, Self Applied Massage and Relaxation, and Visualization and Meditation Practices.  This compilation of practices is called the Vitality Enhancement Method and is known in China as a form of medical Qi Gong called 'Bu Zheng Qi Gong'.  For this particular program 5 movements from the traditional Yang Style Tai Chi can be done sitting (Tai Chi Chair) or standing.  It is a carefully developed approach that makes Tai Chi Easy fun and beneficial from the onset for each practitioner. 

The cost for the entire five week series is $90.00.  Pre-registration is required.  Please contact us at the Whole Life Society by calling 570-966-2484.  There is a limit of 20 students so please register today to reserve your spot. 

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Asana Alignment Workshop for Yoga Instructors
8:00 AM08:00

Asana Alignment Workshop for Yoga Instructors

The Whole Life Society at 428 Market Street in New Berlin, PA invites yoga instructors from around the region to a very informative asana alignment workshop being held Saturday, June 24th, 2017. 

Register securely online or by calling the Center at 570-966-2484

The instructor will be Mary De Angelis. She is a 500 hour RYT. Mary received her levels one and two Hatha training and Yoga Sutra studies in residence at Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville VA. Mary has practiced and honed her teaching skills at her yoga studio and at various retreat centers over the last 20 years. Currently Mary is the Director of Mount Eden Retreat and Holistic Center in Washington, NJ.


8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

This hour is specifically for the Teacher Training Class of 2016. (Mary and this class of students will share experiences, ask questions, address concerns specific to their experiences instructing a Hatha 1 class and each individual's personal practice). Others attending the workshop arrive at 9 am. 

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. 

Exploration of  Alignment in Hatha Postures: We practice asana in order to create an environment of ease in the body so the mind can also dwell in quiet and ease.  Aligning the body so that every part is participating in balance with every other part creates a state of ease and integration. When this happens, the asana is meditation.

10:00 to 10:20 a.m. 


10:20 to 11:00 a.m. 

Brunch Provided. Reading from Swami Satchidananda.

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Fundamental Hip, Shoulder, Chest, Low Back and Opening Exercises.  When a student has pain and/ or difficulty with the postures, we can assist by offering exercises to release tightness and make the postures more accessible. 

1:00 to 1:15 p.m. 


1:15 to 2:00 p.m.

Deep relaxation followed by meditation and closing. The cost for the entire workshop is $94 and includes brunch. Register securely online or by calling the Center at 570-966-2484

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