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 my 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 working as a staff teacher at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck NY, weekly classes at Valley Vista for seniors, and custom workshops and classes.
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