From 2019, Tai Chi becomes a closed course:
every Monday 18.00-19.30 from 21/1/2019 to 8/4/2019 (there will be no class on 11 and 25/3/2019)
More information at the reception
Facilitated by Dimitris Kanellos
The class is open to everyone and especially to artists, amateurs and professionals, actors, dancers etc.
It is based on the classes that Russian theatre teacher and director Anatoly Vasiliev is giving to his actors.
Tai Chi and Chi Kung have their routes in China, where they have evolved during the centuries. As notions, they express the harmony of the opposites, the harmonization of the two opposite poles yin and yang, the two opposite forces that moves the world. It’s a kind of exercise that is suitable for any age because it exercise the whole body without special muscle effort.
The target of the practice is to maintain and increase the life-giving energy of the body and control the flow of energy and navigate it throughout the body where it needed. Self-concentration, fighting of stress, controlled relaxation, improvement of stamina and improvement of immunity are also targets. It’s a kind of exercise that helps our body to stay healthy, happy and long-living.
The special exercises (tai chi-forms) trough specific positions (without obvious movement) and moves (moves of the joints-extensions – muscle strengthening- balance- coordination), increase blood circulation and make body’s vital energy flow easier- this is what Chinese call “chi”- at the body’s meridians and in this way they arouse the energy centres of the body. They let go the useless “chi” and accumulate “chi” in human structure absorbing it from the earth and sky and balancing “yin” and “yang” of our system.
“Chi” is energy and it’s a condition for life. If we imagine our physical body as a machine then “chi” is the fuel that makes it work. The flow system of “chi” is shaped by 12 “main channels” (like rivers that transfer “chi” through the body and connect the inner organs) and 8 jars (that act like tanks that adjust “chi”’s distribution in our structure).
“Chi Kung” is the art of studying the “vital energy” that exists everywhere, in the sky, in the earth, inside every being.
In the practice there are two basic targets:
1. the regular circulation of chi in our structure and
2. the fill of tanks with chi
And 5 basic and necessary elements:
1. body regulation
2. mind regulation
3. breath regulation
4. chi regulation
5. spirit regulation
Frequent and repeated practice can improve the speed of blood and lymph circulation, strengthen and soften the joints, reduce the quantity of stressful hormones from adrenal glands, balance the pressure of the body, make breath deeper and calmer, make feelings more stable and coordinate the nervous system.
Dimitris Kanellos is an actor, theatre director and Tai Chi teacher. He graduated from the Agricultural University and the Chatzikou Drama School with teachers: A. Vasiliev, L. Flasen, R. Pateraki, M.Lymperopoulou, K. Damatis. In theatre he has worked with significant directors such as A. Vasiliev, L. Vogiatzis, L. Koniordou, Th. Gonis.
He loved Tai Chi when he realized how helpful it is in his art. He sees it as the basic way of teaching and as the basic tool of self-concentration for an actor. He teaches acting and Tai Chi at “Mikro Polytechneio”.
He is a member of Kinitiras since 1999 as teacher and performer.