Theatre 3210

Tai Chi Yoga Movement
(3 Credit Hours)

All sections (Fall and Spring), are taught in FAW 130. Check class schedule for times and days, and for Summer Semester locations. Open to all students.

May fulfill certain requirements for International Studies, Asian Studies, Peace and Conflict, as well as Religious Studies.

Tai Chi Yoga incorporates, the dance forms, martial applications, and energy work of Tai Chi with the exercise, breathing, and meditation of Yoga.


Perform one Tai Chi form, eight hand-pushing exercises, and five chi kung meditations. Forty Hatha Yoga asanas, eight pranayamas and six meditations will also be studied. Students are required to read at least three books on the book list. One of the test questions will be about the books read. Teaching methods include: lecture, discussion, technique, readings, and choreography.

Grades will be based on 400 points possible:

  • 25% - Special project performed or written, due weeks 5 through 12. If students choose to write a paper for their project, it should be 8-12 pages in APA format, double-spaced, with a size 14 font.
    6590 Graduate students special project will be closely tied to their area of study and will include several meetings with the instructor.
    (100 pts.)
  • 25% - Written test given around week 12, Spring and Autumn; week 10, Summer. (100 pts.)
  • 25% - Form performance and Salutation to the Sun. Due finals week. (100 pts.)
  • 25% - Attendance and participation, make-up classes are accepted. (100 pts.)
  • Late or missed assignments will not be accepted after the last class period. Points may be deducted.
  • Extra Credit! - Students will receive extra credit for attending any play on campus. Please submit a short review and your ticket stub for 5 points. You may attend as many plays as you like, enjoy.
  • 90% = A range
  • 80% = B range
  • 70% = C range
  • 60s = D range
  • 59% and below = E

Late or missed assignments will not be accepted after the last class period. Points may be deducted for late assignments.

Extra Credit! - Students will receive extra credit for attending any play on campus. Please submit a short review and your ticket stub for 5 points. You may attend as many plays as you like, enjoy.

The written test will have questions that are true/false, essay and fill in the information. It will be comprehensive dealing with all materials covered in the class.

Special Projects may need to be cleared with me. The more original and the more performance oriented the better. Written projects are accepted.

The form performance tests may be repeated. With your best performance used for your grade.

In place of the written test, repeat students are required to perform two new Asanas, turn in two book reports, and write the names of all Tai Chi moves learned. Points will be deducted for items not fulfilled. Class may be taken for credit up to four times.

Hatha Yoga

Yoga is a 5000 year old spiritual system developed in India by ancient sages. The classical yogas, (ways to attain union with god), include:

  • Bhakti yoga - union obtained through love of god.
  • Karma yoga - union through god dedicated action.
  • Jnana yoga - union through knowledge, study, and discrimination.
  • Raja yoga - union through meditation.

Hatha yoga - a more recent development is based upon the radical premise, (at the time), that a healthy mind and body are important adjuncts to the spirtual seeker. Before the time of Buddha , circa 500 B.C. the principal spirtual practices involved the belief that the body was the enemy of the spirit. Starvation, dehydration, flagellation and other techniques to deny the body were commonly employed by those seeking spirtual insights. Remnants of these practices are still found today. Part of what Buddha taught was that a strong healthy body is an important part of any seekers life. This helped lay the intellectual foundations for the world's oldest health system, Hatha Yoga.

Hatha Yoga - Ha means sun, tha means moon, yoga means union. For hundreds of years this system was used primarily as a preparatory yoga for the classical yogas mentioned above. More recently it has been considered a complete system leading to union by itself. Many, however, still consider it a part of Raja Yoga.

The eight steps of Raja yoga

  1. Yamas: (abstentions), truth, non-violence, abstinence, non stealing, non covetness.
  2. Niyamas: observances, austerities, purity, contentment, study, surrender.
  3. Asanas: Yoga postures or exercises.The central aspect of Hatha.
  4. Pranayama: breathing exercises leading to control of the bodies energy systems.
  5. Pratyahara: withdraw of the senses.
  6. Dharana: concentration.
  7. Dhyana: Meditation
  8. Samadhi: the super conscious state of union, the goal of all yogas

Hatha yoga is principally Asana, pranayama and mindfullness.

T’ai Chi Ch’uan

Literally, Great-Spirit-Fist. Tai Chi is a Kung Fu system that first introduced the idea of soft style to the Chinese martial arts. Today Tai Chi (Yang Style) is practiced for health, balance, coordination, meditation and self defense.


Week 1: Handouts, introduction, demonstration . Preview book list, discuss requirements and grading procedures. Opening movements. Most classes start with warm-ups and reviews. Three aspects of Tai Chi and three aspects of Yoga. Be prepared to take notes and workout.
Week 2: Warm-ups, Sitting positions, Meditation 1. Continue the form, begin yoga asanas (exercises or postures), balance exercises, abdominal breathing. Readings (readings or lectures are usually given weekly). They are an opportunity to explore the philosophical aspects of Tai Chi Yoga. Workshop. Workshops are focused on meeting individual student needs. Four Yogas: Karma, Jnana, Bhakti, and Raja.
Week 3: Warm-ups, Meditation 2, stances. Begin cultural yoga postures, continue form. Begin hand-pushing exercises (martial arts applications of tai chi movements), balance exercises, relaxation. Meaning of Yin and Yang. Preview next week.
Week 4: Warm-ups review last weeks choreography. Reading. Begin pranayamas 1, (breathing exercises)," complete breath", begin chi-kung's ( breathing meditations), number 1 how to store energy. Meditation 3 (follow the breath), hypnosis, (auto suggestion). Workshop. Yoga and Vishnu Mudras. Preview next week.
Week 5: Readings, Pranayama 2, Chi kung 2, (for storing energy), more hand-pushing, complete Yoga cultural poses, continue form. Begin student projects. Complete book list. Preview next week.
Week 6: Warm-ups, review last week, preview class. Long form, balance exercises, competitive balance exercises, review chi kungs, continue handpushing, continue form, Pranayama 3, add yoga asanas. Meditation 4 (listen). Workshop. Kundalini, Chakras, and Tantra. Continue student projects.
Week 7: Warm-ups, review and preview. Readings, teach quick hands technique, continue form, projects, dynamic tension, Yoga long form, Pranayama 4, practice with eyes closed, learn redirection and movement of energy. Workshop. Soft vs. Hard styles -- blocks and kicks. Preview next week.
Week 8: Warm-ups review and preview. Continue projects, review kicks, hand - pushing, chi-kung 3 (for healing, pain relief and disease treatment), Mental Tai Chi, advanced asanas, left-hand form. Competitive balance exercises. Creating a sacred space. Preview next week.
Week 9: Warm-ups, Review semester's work. Work on transition from short to second form. Go through all yoga postures in correct sequence. Meditation 5 (Pratyahara), Pranayama 6. Speed drills, dynamic tension, continue projects.
Week 10: Work on individual balance and competitive balance exercises. Special projects continued. Practice kicks, learn chi-kung 4 (moving energy around chakras), correct yoga postures, more hand-pushing. Meditation 6 (mantra), Pranayama 7. Selected readings.
Week 11: Warm-ups, complete yoga workout, includes all 30 asanas, 6 pranayamas and 6 meditations. Add yoga, Triple Banda ( 3 locks used to increase effectiveness of some pranayamas), Pranayama 8, Chi Kung 5 (aligning chakras). Test Review. Workshop.
Week 12: Written test - Projects Due.
Week 13: Reading. Review forms, refine movements, review all hand-pushing and chi kungs. Speed drills, practice with eyes closed, practice dynamic tension, ( a way to put any muscle under any stress level through any range of movement), develops power strength and endurance. Workshop.
Week 14: Review and workshop, prepare for final performance. Selected reading.
Week 15: Final Performance. Students Graded on Tai Chi forms and Salutation to the Sun.

The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accomodations in the class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the Center for Disability Services, 162 Union Building, 581-5020 (V/TDD). CDS will work with you and the instructor to make arrangements for accomodations.

Students, be aware that there is some light contact and touching necessary in the teaching, learning and practicing of Tai Chi Yoga. If there is any activity you are not completely comfortable with or feel physically unable to participate in please feel free to watch.The University's policies on academic honesty and sexual harassment are enforced. Students are expected to maintain professional behavior in the classroom. Faculty are expected to maintain and enforce these codes. You have the right to appeal the instructor's decisions to the Student Behavior Committee. For information on your rights and responsibilities go to For faculty responsibilities, please see

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