Qigong & Tai Chi with Dr. Larry

Be still and calm your mind; relax and move your body;            breathe slowly and uplift your mood. Smile.                  

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Please read below for the details about our weekly Qigong and Tai Chi classes. For private instruction requests, please email Larry at this link: private instruction.

For information about our local mindfulness workshop series that features training in mindfulness meditation and mindful movement in the form of Qigong, please click on: Mindfulness Workshop 

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Larry Cammarata, Ph.D. is an instructor of Tai Chi and Qigong and a Licensed Psychologist specializing in mind-body health and wellness. In addition to teaching weekly classes in Asheville, North Carolina, Larry also teaches internationally at conferences and retreats. He has practiced these arts for over 28 years and has received training from many Chinese masters.


Larry has been a judge for national and international martial arts tournaments.  During December 2011, he was invited to participate in the First Health Qigong Seminar for International Instructors, an event that was hosted by the Chinese Health Qigong Association in Beijing, China. Larry is a member of the Certification Committee of Tai Chi Healthways, an organization founded and directed by world renowned Tai Chi Master and Qigong expert Dr. Jesse Tsao, with whom he has studied Traditional Yang and Chen Style Tai Chi as well as several Classical Qigong forms. Please click on: Tai Chi and Qigong photos for a brief photo essay.

After reading the class description below, please contact Larry by sending the email form at the bottom of this page prior to attending your first class.

To sign up for our newsletter, please click: Class Newsletter. Feel free to also sign up for our Asheville Events (new classes, workshops, and community events) and Mindfulness Travels (international retreats featuring mindfulness and mindful movement training in beautiful settings) newsletters.

For an educational article on the differences between Tai Chi and Qigong, please click on: Qigong and Taiji: What's The Difference?

Please read below for details about our Qigong & Tai Chi classes.

Qigong for Health & Wellness

Qigong (pronounced "Chee Gung") is a powerful ancient Chinese system of self-healing exercise and energy medicine. Through gentle meditative movement and breathing techniques, the practice of qigong supports cardiovascular health and immune system functioning, reduces pain, strengthens joints, and promotes relaxation of the body, calmness of mind, and the balancing of emotions. The ease of qigong makes it appropriate and accessible for people of all ages and levels of fitness. 

Description of 10:00 am Qigong Class: Several classical and health-oriented forms of Qigong are currently being caught, including The Eight Pieces of Brocade, Primordial Qigong, Yi Jin Jing (Tendon & Muscle Strengthening Qigong) and The Five Animal Frolics, which are known to regulate stress, maintain health, improve balance, cultivate energy, and increase flexibility & range of motion. Mindful breathing, visualization, and other qigong practices are integrated into the class. This class is suitable for beginners and more advanced practitioners. New students may begin at any time!  This one-hour class is held on Fridays at 10:00 am at the Movement Center of the French Broad Food Co-op, 90 Biltmore Avenue, in downtown Asheville, NC. The class fee is $10 per class, pay-as-you-go.  

Tai Chi for Health & Wellness

Tai Chi, formally referred to as Tai Chi Chuan or Taijiquan, is an ancient Chinese system of exercise, meditative movement, and self defense.  The slow, graceful movements of Tai Chi promote the physical qualities of strength, balance, and flexibility.  The mental qualities of patience, calmness, concentration, and stability are cultivated by practicing Tai Chi. The movements are designed to clear the blocked energy of the body, which is often experienced as muscular tension, fatigue, aches and pains, and stomach ailments.  Medical research reveals that the practice of Tai Chi can lower stress, enhance physical and psychological functioning, improve balance, and promote a general sense of well-being.

SIMPLIFIED TAI CHI 24 FORM

Description of 11:00 am Tai Chi Class: The Simplified Tai Chi 24 form taught in our class is an excellent beginner’s form and is also appropriate for anyone interested in a standardized short form that takes approximately 5 minutes to perform. This form is primarily based upon the Traditional Yang Style Long Form, and is often regarded as the most popular and widely practiced form in the United States and throughout the world today. New students may begin at any time! This one-hour class is held on Fridays at 11:00 am at the Movement Center of the French Broad Food Co-op, 90 Biltmore Avenue, in downtown Asheville, NC. The class fee is $10 per class, pay-as-you-go.

Meet our assistant instructors Jennie and Tommy

Dr. Larry normally teaches the classes. Jennie and Tommy assist with the instruction and also co-teach the class when Larry is away.

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Jennie Boyd Bull is a certified Tai Chi instructor with Tai Chi Healthways of San Diego, CA, directed by Master Jesse Tsao. She has studied Tai Chi since 2003 and has taught the Simplified Tai Chi 24 Form since 2008, under master teacher Dr. Alex Feng of Wu Tao Kuan Martial Arts Institute in Oakland, CA.  Jennie currently studies classical qigong, Yang Style Tai Chi, and Chen Style sword with Dr. Larry. Students enjoy her clear and supportive teaching. She also teaches weekly Tai Chi and Qigong classes in Yancey and Mitchell Counties



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Tommy Bryant is a certified Tai Chi associate instructor with Tai Chi Healthways of San Diego, CA, directed by Master Jesse Tsao. He began studying Tai Chi under Dr. Larry in 2015, after many years of studying kickboxing with Sifu David Collins at the American School of Empty Hand Fighting in Blountville, TN. Tommy is also scheduled to teach the Simplified 24 Form as a physical education elective for Virginia Highlands Community College. Our students enjoy Tommy’s inquisitive mind and friendly teaching style.




Our Qigong and Tai Chi classes offer you authentic teachings taught within a friendly, safe, supportive, and enjoyable atmosphere. We often say, “Let’s play Qigong and Tai Chi!”

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With instructor approval, your class time can be applied towards Tai Chi Instructor certification through our affiliation with Tai Chi Healthways,  an organization founded and directed by world renowned Tai Chi Master and Qigong expert Dr. Jesse Tsao

For questions, or to begin your first class, please contact Larry by sending the email form below. To sign up for our newsletter, please click: Class Newsletter. Feel free to also sign up for our Asheville Events (new classes, workshops, and community events) and Mindfulness Travels (international retreats featuring mindfulness and mindful movement training in beautiful settings) newsletters.










©  L. Cammarata 2017