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 Integral Institute of Qigong and Tai Chi 200 hour teacher training program that is focused on sharing the profound health and well-being benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong. Since then I have continued a teaching practice at Dutchess Community College, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, Community TCE classes in New Paltz NY, Valley Vista assisted living, and private lessons/workshops as requested.
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