Tai Chi is an effective exercise for the health of mind and body. The essential principles of Tai Chi include the mind being integrated with the body; fluidity of movement; control of breathing; and the mental concentration. The central focus is to have the life force (chi) flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body. There has been growing evidence that the mind-body practice of Tai Chi has value in treating or preventing many health issues.


There is much more to Tai Chi than one can see. Yes, it’s aesthetically pleasing, easy and enjoyable to practice. It can be a meditation and an integral exercise for all parts of the body and the mind. It brings tranquility and helps you think more clearly. Tai Chi can be many things for different people; regular practice will bring better health and wellness.

The flowing movements of Tai Chi contain inner strength, like water flowing in a river, beneath the tranquil surface there is a current with immense power—the power for healing and wellness. With consistent practice, people will be able to feel the internal energy (qi 氣), convert it to internal force (jing 勁) and use it to generate more internal energy, health and well being.

About the instructor:

Perry Rollings is a certified Tai Chi instructor and owner/head instructor (Sifu) of Willow School of Tai Chi. Perry has 12 years of certified teaching experience in the Yang style which is the most practiced style in the world.  He resides in Sartell and enjoys sharing the impact of Tai Chi, ancient Chinese philosophy and energy therapies throughout central Minnesota.

Winter 2020 Classes:

The YMCA will be offering both the Yang Style 37 abbreviated form in a 12-week series of classes and the Yang Style 108 Traditional Long Form in a 20-week series.  Note that the Yang 37 is a perquisite for the 108 Traditional Long Form.

New sessions (Short Form) are as follows:

  • Mondays @ 9:30 a.m. Yang 37 *(short form) – January 6 – March 23
  • Saturdays @ 8 a.m. Yang 37 (short form) – January 11 – March 28