Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Yoga and Tai chi

Maryann DiEdwardo Ed.D.; E-RYT500 in Hatha Yoga;
Certified Tai Chi - Chi Kung Instructor

Private Instruction

Yoga Basics with a strong asana practice to relieve weariness and stress, new awareness to create a daily yoga routine, relaxation and mindfulness practices to enhance sleep and restore vitality.

Tai Chi classes raise the student’s health and fitness levels by giving the knowledge and ability to practice the form to encourage life long practice. The practice of Tai Chi begins as physical exercise, then nurtures the qualities that we seek to develop physically (balance, resilience). Students will learn the form and moves of Tai Chi in such a manner that any one, of any age or fitness level, can benefit (internally and externally) without the risk of injury while having fun in the process of learning.


Maryann DiEdwardo Ed. D., E-RYT500, is a health educator, international presenter, certified in Yoga and Tai Chi, member of Yang Style Tai Chi International Association and the QiGong National Association as well as Premiere Member of the Himalayan Institute International and International Association Yoga Therapists -membership-writing-research in benefits of yoga and t’ai chi for specific health conditions.

She has studied asana and meditation with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait PhD Chairman and Spiritual Head of the Himalayan Institute the successor to Sri Swami Rama; Rod Stryker, the founder of Para Yoga; Sandra Anderson, co-author of the award-winning book Yoga Mastering the Basics; Shari Friedrichsen, a key facilitator of the Himalayan Institute teacher certification program and a member of the 500 hour teacher training faculty at 8 Limbs Yoga in Seattle, Washington; Rolf Sovik PsyD President and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute and Mary Rosenberger Udana Training through Accent on Yoga.

As a health educator, Maryann is committed to promoting Yoga and Tai Chi for health improvement. She is an outstanding public speaker, artist and author. Maryann has been a keynote speaker in many major North American cities, presenting to groups ranging from 20 - 500. As well, she has lead seminars for groups in art, nature, haiku, writing and education. Currently, Maryann is working on a book with very effective Tai Chi instructional lesson plans.

My Tai Chi Story

I studied Jazz Dance, Ballet, until I was twenty, then started to focus on the marital arts including T’ai Chi for thirty years with masters across the country including Dr. Keith Jeffrey, Terry Dunn, Joshua Grant, Short Form T’ai Chi, Long Form T’ai Chi, and certification with International Fitness Professional Association.

Research In 2004, statistical results of case study research suggest that pairing music and linguistic intelligences in the college classroom improves students’ grades and abilities to compose theses statements for research papers in courses that emphasize reading and writing skills (DiEdwardo 2004). In initial study in 2003, Maryann refined Howard Gardner’s (1993) definition of music as a “separate intellectual competence” and compared music intelligence to linguistic intelligence. Furthermore, through acknowledgement of MI Theory, educators infuse cognitive abilities of students by helping them “think” as one of my students suggested. As Howard Gardner suggests, “Very worthwhile. The next step is to figure out why you got the effects that you did. Is music motivational? Does it activate other brain centers? Does it have some kind of intrinsic link to linguistic capacities? Would the effect work the other way around, or with other materials (2004 email)?”

What do you like best about teaching?

I am eager to share my forty years of private home practice, philosophies, knowledge and love of yoga as it is an integral part of my life. In fact, I have participated in over 5000 hours of formal training with yoga teachers in the past as I have intensely studied with 27 different teachers, attended retreats and extra group and private classes... I have been and continue to study and practice yoga 3 hours a day regularly. But the overwhelming strength that I have gained to be a caregiver for cancer patients has been due to my yoga practice.
Tai Chi may be practiced by virtually anyone regardless of age (Official Textbook for International Fitness Professionals Association Tai Chi Course).

Fitness “Words of Wisdom”

My favorite form is Iyengar, but I also practice many other methods of yoga.

Iyengar Yoga one of the world’s most widely practiced forms, emphasizes correct alignment of all parts of the body within each yoga pose. This precision builds strength and stamina – balance and flexibility – and a new sense of well being. (Brochure on Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States)

From page 8 in the Spring/Summer 2011 Issue of Yoga Samachar by Prashant S. Iyengar:

“As a Yogi you have your body and breath. The breath becomes a painter’s instrument; the embodiment is the canvas.”

Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo