My love for learning and experiencing Tai Chi began some 30 years ago. Originally drawn to the martial arts, I had the good fortune of meeting and training with several masters in the art. As training progressed, it became clear to me that Tai Chi is way more than just a martial art. In 2010 I completed the IIQTC 200 hour teacher program. In all my classes I look to meet people just where they are. I focus on leading people to experience the Tai Chi and Qigong principles in an ever deeper way to live and be nourished by the great experience of flow in the present moment.
I enjoy presenting both national and regional workshops informed by the Integral method. I also lead ongoing classes at the VA Castle Point, Samadhi Recovery Center, Dutchess Community College, and virtual traditional Taiji Quan classes for dedicated students everywhere.
My first exposure to Qigong/Tai Chi was from David Lehman while I was attending a workshop at the Omega Institute. It was so life-changing that I have not started a day since without doing at least a 20 minute routine. It centers, grounds, and focuses me for the day, my teaching, and my yoga practice and I am integrating it into my mindfulness and yoga instruction.
Donna C. Kester Phillips Ph.D.
When I first started engaging in Tai Chi practice, I was in rehab for a trying, nearly ten year battle with alcohol and drug addiction. The road to recovery has not been easy, and aside from being physically and emotionally withered I found myself feeling disconnected spiritually once the drugs and drink where removed from my life. Through a very practical and engaging teaching style, David helped me navigate a variety of Tai Chi forms and other healing practices until I eventually formed a daily practice that has truly enriched my life in all areas. His passion and mastery for his art form have truly made for a quality experience.
Dave has been leading the Tai Chi program at Valley Vista for a number of years now. The weekly and bi-monthly programs have been a major success with our clients who enjoy the many mind-body benefits of practicing Tai Chi.
Valley Vista, Director of Activities