Tips for first-timers

Hello everyone,

I am looking forward to seeing you in upcoming classes on Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. CT!

I am very excited to meet you, and to see returning students, friends and neighbors face to face at Turner Hall, 115 S. Bench Street, in Galena, Illinois. If you are interesting in Zooming in, please reach out to me directly at

As we look ahead, I have some tips for coming to Turner Hall and for practicing in general:

Parking at Turner Hall and housekeeping

For parking, there is a public parking lot next to Turner Hall as well as street parking. If you see “reserved” signs at the parking lot, please know those would be to let people know that there is an event (our class) at Turner Hall. So don’t be alarmed if you see those signs. 

Accessibility: If accessibility is an issue, please consider using the side door at the parking lot, which will bring you right to the floor.

Some grace: Please allow me some grace as I become acquainted to the new lovely space, allow yourself some grace as you take on a new practice and for each other, as always. : ) Ask questions, because if you have a question, there might be others who are curious or could benefit from the same thing. If you’d rather ask questions outside of class, please feel free to talk with me before or after class or email me at

Masks: I am fully vaccinated, and I will wear a mask. As of July 27, 2021, due to the Delta variant and out of kindness for all, I require all students to wear masks over their mouths and noses. Thank you to all of my current students for going back to wearing masks without a single complaint. I am very proud of you.

So what do you need to know for a Tai Chi Ch’uan practice? Here are some basic tips:

-Wear comfortable clothing, especially clothes that will not constrict your breathing. 

-Keep a chair or two nearby for balance.

-Open a window or door for fresh air.

-Wear shoes, socks or go barefoot. I do not recommend running shoes, unless you need special insoles. I switch it up often.

-Also, for our classes at Turner Hall, please consider bringing shoes that you only wear inside or shoes you know are clean so that we can keep the floor clean and for those who do choose to wear socks only or go barefoot. 

-Tai Chi is about doing with less. We will abandon the idea of putting in 110 percent, and instead will do a little bit less than what we think we can do. I will share more on that at some point.

-Know there is no perfect way of doing this. If I’m going one way and you go another way, remember don’t worry ‘bout it. ; ) Tai Chi is about practicing in a way that feels natural and enjoyable to you. 

See you soon!

Amy Alderman

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