Both Beginning and Intermediate level Tai Ji classes taught by Priyadarshi will begin at High Mountain Hall in Camden starting Sunday, Sept. 12. Each course runs for six sessions. The beginning Tai Ji Class is held on Sundays 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the intermediate class is held on Sundays 11:15 to 12:15pm.

The first beginning session on Sept. 12 is free and open to the public.

Although the application of each move has its origins in the martial arts, the slow and graceful movements of Tai Ji are primarily designed to provide the practitioner with a method of achieving a healthier body, mind and spirit. Tai Ji can also have a deep therapeutic effect. These coordinated and relaxed body movements are slow and uninterrupted like flowing streams and moving clouds. During Tai Ji, the mind is tranquil but alert, with consciousness directing the body movements creating a unified flow of energy.

Tai Ji emphasizes mind and body in harmony and throughout the world. Millions of people from all walks of life practice this ancient form of “moving meditation,” regardless of age, gender or physical fitness, Practitioners learn about themselves, the nature of the world and enrich their quality of life.

In the late 1970’s Priyadarshi received his name and permission to teach meditation from Muni Sushil (a Jain Monk and Acharya). Priyadarshi was also affiliated with the Zen Bei Butokukai for 20 years and studied Tai Chi, Qi Gong and other meditative and martial arts under Brian Ricci, Sensei and Richard Kim, Sensei (A Shingon Buddhist Priest).

For more information, call the Arts of Living Learning Center at 623-2180.