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Blooming Lotus Tai Chi offers classes and provides information about Tai Chi and Qi Gong in the greater Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara County area.

We are trained in the rare Nam Hoa Temple style. All instructors have studied directly with, and are certified by Nam Hoa Temple Internal Arts Association Tai Chi Master Jim Scott-Behrends.

Some of our instructors have also trained in the internationally recognized Tai Chi for Health Programs.

All of the instructors on this website are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

See our schedule page for class information. Feel free to contact us by email or to contact individual instructors for questions about class content.

Announcements

DECEMBER 1, 2021 MASTER JIM’S SCHEDULE HAS BEEN UPDATED

Master Jim is now teaching some classes in person and continuing some classes online to allow out of area students to continue their studies with him. Please email Master Jim directly for the online class links as it is not advised to openly publish the link. His email address is jsbehrends@aol.com. Saturday La Selva Beach class will end on October 30, 2021. Master Jim will teach in La Selva Beach on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 beginning November 17, 2021.

DECEMBER 1, 2021 GRACE SANCHEZ NEWS REGARDING SIGN UPS FOR NEXT JANUARY 2022

Class enrollment should be available online on December 15, 2021. All students must wear masks as the class is being held indoors. Students must sign up through the Dominican Hospital PEP program and may do so online, by phone or in person. GRACE REQUESTS THAT STUDENTS BE VACCINATED FOR COVID-19 IN ORDER TO TAKE HER CLASSES-THIS IS FOR PROTECTION OF OTHER STUDENTS AND THE INSTRUCTOR. It is anticipated that an outdoor class option will be available in the spring.

DECEMBER 1, 2021 COVID-19 VACCINES ARE BEING GIVEN TO PEOPLE 5 and over, BOOSTERS NOW OPEN TO ANYONE OVER 18
WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT- WEAR A MASK WHEN INDOORS AWAY FROM YOUR HOME UNLESS WITH FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE, WASH YOUR HANDS

For information about Covid-19 Vaccination availability and current activity guidelines the Santa Cruz County Health Department website is helpful. Follow public health recommendations to keep yourself and others safe. CDC guidelines for people who have received the vaccination are good to keep up to date on. Currently the CDC has authorized booster shots for people anyone over 18 if it has been 6 months after receiving an MRNA vaccine or 2 months after receings a J & J vaccine. All eligible members of the community are encouraged to get vaccinated. Everyone continues to learn as this pandemic unfolds. Being aware of what is happening locally in your community is important. Let’s take care of each other. While students understand the benefits of group practice during this time we need to keep ourselves healthy and safe, some instructors are offering online class options. Tai Chi, Qigong and Concentration practice support mind-body balance which enhances the immune system.