Tilopa Tai Chi Qigong Center

Teaching Tai Chi and Qigong in the Greater Minneapolis/St Paul Area since 1977


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Tilopa Tai Chi Qigong Center was founded in 1977, by Marilyn Allysum. The center has taught Tai Chi and Qigong to over 10,500 students. We provide a comprehensive in-depth authentic study of the classical healing arts of Tai Chi and Qigong. It is taught in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, where students learn from certified and qualified Instructors.

Our Tai Chi form is about using mindfulness as meditation in motion, and as an educational tool for enhancing wellness. Tai Chi qigong is also a unique, restorative, anti-aging exercise. It is a deep and honoring way of addressing and balancing the complex needs of the Body, Mind, and Spirit. It brings harmony, equipoise, and calmness as it refreshes us from within. Not only is it gentle and soothing to practice, it will give you lasting health benefits. The postures rhythmically flow like clouds moving in the sky, involve movement, breathing technique, and conscious intent. This style of teaching is a complete study course of the traditional teachings from China, handed down and revered for its unique treasure for Health, Centering, (learning how to redirect harmful energy that arises in stressful situations to become calm and focused) and Internal Strength.

We provide tai chi qigong classes and workshops that will bring about balance, harmony and a sense of well being to you in ways that enhance your body, mind and spirit. We do all that at a school where you’ll work with friendly and down to earth tai chi experts who have decades of experience in tai chi qigong.

Marilyn Allysum, founder and Director of Tilopa Tai Chi Qigong Centers in Minneapolis, MN and Maui, HI; is a highly regarded speaker, and educator with more than 37 years of teaching experience in Tai Chi and Qigong.

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Studies confirm the medical benefits of tai chi practices

There’s been much anecdotal evidence of tai chi and qigong’s benefits and now over 2000 formal studies have been done, according to the Qigong Institute, which maintains a database of such research. Dr. Kevin Chen, associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Integrative Medicine, states “There is enough research to convince the general public of the benefits of qigong and tai chi, validated by systematic reviews of literature on these modalities.”

How You Can Use Tai Chi to Get Even Stronger

The martial art isn't just for groups of older people in public spaces.

The health benefits of tai chi from Harvard Health

This gentle form of exercise can prevent or ease many ills of aging and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.br /> Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong Show Some Beneficial Health Effects

A review of scientific literature suggests that there is strong evidence of beneficial health effects of tai chi and qi gong, including for bone health, cardiopulmonary fitness, balance, and quality of life. Both tai chi and qi gong (also known as qigong) have origins in China and involve physical movement, mental focus, and deep breathing. Because of the apparent similarities between tai chi and qi gong, the researchers reviewed the literature on both practices together. The review was published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Tai chi helps Parkinson’s patients with balance and fall prevention

Exercise is important for a healthy lifestyle but it is also a key part of therapy, rehabilitation and disease management. For Parkinson’s disease, exercise routines are often recommended to help maintain stability and the coordinated movements necessary for everyday living. An NIH-funded study, reported in the February 9, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, * evaluated three different forms of exercise – resistance training, stretching, and tai chi – and found that tai chi led to the greatest overall improvements in balance and stability for patients with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease.

Tai Chi May Benefit People With Heart Failure

Tai chi exercise may improve quality of life, mood, and exercise self-efficacy (belief in one’s own abilities) in people with chronic heart failure, according to a 2011 study funded in part by NCCAM. Tai chi is a mind and body practice that originated in China as a martial art and is used by many people to improve health and well-being. There are many different styles of tai chi, but all involve slow, relaxed, gentle movements, each flowing into the next. Tai chi is sometimes referred to as “moving meditation”—the body is in constant motion, and practitioners focus on posture and deep breathing. This study builds on previous research that has shown that tai chi may be beneficial for people with cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular risk factors.

Tai Chi Reported to Ease Fibromyalgia NY Times

The ancienese practice of tai chi may be effective as a therapy for fibromyalgia, according to a study published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine. A clinical trial at Tufts Medical Center found that after 12 weeks of tai chi, patients with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, did significantly better in measurements of pain, fatigue, physical functioning, sleeplessness, and depression than a comparable group given stretching exercises and wellness education. Tai chi patients were also more likely to sustain improvement three months later.

Classes and Workshops
We offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced class levels, in the complete Tai Chi Chuan Long form, as well as the study of Qigong also known as Chi Kung/Chi Gong, a Chinese Yoga System to Achieve Optimum Health.
Longevity Tai Chi Qigong Classes (short form, and Tai Chi and Qigong for seniors.
Check out our workshops, retreats and seminars in tai chi and qigong.

Director: Marilyn Allysum
35 + Years Experience in the Internal Arts

"Marilyn Allysum, your keen intelligence, deep wisdom, and lively spirit are a joy to experience. You are a truly splendid teacher, and a wonderful inspiration to experience life in a bigger way. We celebrate your many years as a teacher of Tai Chi and Qigong, and wish you many more." - John C.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tilopa Tai Chi Qigong Center
(612) 825-6824

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