Tai Chi and Qigong with Robert Schlagal [] LifePath Center

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  • Evidence-based T’ai Chi and Qigong
    with Robert Schlagal, Ph.D

    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    11:30 am to 12:30 am

    LifePath Center

    “Two months practice… ten years younger.”

    Research studies using Evidence-based T’ai Chi and Qigong found…

    Improvements in functional balance, strength & stability (elder population)

    Enhanced cognition (early stage dementia)

    Improved sleep, mood, and decreased anxiety (university students)

    Robert Schlagal, Ph.D, is a senior student of Dr. Yang Yang, a researcher and internationally recognized master of T’ai Chi and Qigong. Robert has practiced nearly 40 years and taught for 25.

    Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30-12:30, at LifePath.   All levels welcome. For more information contact at schlagalrc@appstate.edu     Tuition:  $120mx per class (proceeds donated to Sociedad Protectora de Animales, S.P.A.)

    Taiji (T’ai Chi) is an ancient Chinese exercise practiced for health and self-defense. It is characterized by slow, gentle movements and is sometimes described as meditation in motion. It emphasizes balanced, low impact, whole body movements. It has positive affects on stress, focus, arthritis and a host of other health issues. As scientific research increasingly shows, regular T’ai Chi practice can have significant impact on mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. Or as an old Chinese saying goes, “Practice Taiji and you will develop the pliability of a child, the strength of a lumberjack and the peace of a sage.”

    Bob has been a student of T’ai Chi (Taijiquan) and Qigong for many years. He has practiced T’ai Chi for nearly 35 years, Qigong for 22 years, and has taught for 20. He has had the opportunity to work with a number of top T’ai Chi masters over the years and has studied a variety of styles. Most notably, he has been a senior student of Master Yang Yang for more than two decades. He was one of the first students to be certified by Dr. Yang in his Evidence Based Taiji program. This program is noted for its research-based health benefits.

    It is used by the medical staff and patients at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. It is also part of weekly instruction at Canyon Ranch Resort in Massachusetts. Bob travels regularly with Dr. Yang to teach workshops and retreats across the US.

    For specific questions about this class
    feel free to email Robert at

    Robert Schlagal, Ph.D.,  Tai Chi Chuan


    Ph.D., Language, Literature, & Pedagogy, University of Virginia, 1982

    M.A., English, University of Virginia, 1976

    B.A., English, Christopher Newport College of William & Mary, 1971


    Tai Chi Chuan Study

    1985 – 1992, Master Shawn Liu (senior student)

    1993 – 1995, Master Sanji Tam

    1996 – to present, Master Yang Yang, Ph.D. (senior student)


    A Short Narrative History


    Robert (Bob) Schlagal, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus from Appalachian State University and has studied Tai Chi Chuan for nearly 30 years (both modern and traditional Yang styles as well the Chen style). For the past 16 years he has added the study of Qigong to his practice. During the early 1990s, he was a medal-winning competitor at Tai Chi and martial arts tournaments. In addition, he has served as a judge at national and international competitions. Bob has taught Tai Chi for more than 17 years, including credit courses at Spring Hill College and Appalachian State University. He was a founding member of the ASU Tai Chi Club at Appalachian State. As a sideline to his professional scholarship, Bob has published book chapters and research reports on the health benefits of Tai Chi with his teacher, Master Yang Yang, Ph.D.


    Tai Chi Publications


    Editor, Dr. Yang Yang’s Center for Taiji Studies Newsletter, 2010 to present.

    Yang, Y., deCelle, S., Rosengren, K., Schlagal, R., & Greene, J. (2011). Subjective

    experiences of older adults practicing Taiji and Qigong. Journal of Aging


    Yang, Y., & Schlagal, B., (2011). Taiji, Qigong, and Digestive Health. In

    1. Mullin (Ed.) Integrative Gastroenterology. Oxford University Press.

    Yang, Y., Verkuilen, J., Rosengren, K. A., Mariani, R. A., Reed, M., Grubisich, S.;

    A., Woods, J. A., & Schlagal, B. (2008). Effects of Traditional Taiji/Qigong     Curriculum on Older Adults’ Immune Response to Influenza Vaccine. In Y. Hong (Ed.) Tai Chi Chuan: State of the Art in International Research. Medicine and Sport Science. Basel Karger, 52, 64-76.

    Schlagal, R. (2004). Taijiquan: A many-sided art. In J. Janowiak (Ed.), Integrated

                  medicine, the mind-body prescription. (3nd ed.) Pacific Grove, CA: Wadsworth.

    Schlagal, R. (2004). Forward. In Y. Yang, Taijiquan: The art of nurturing, the science

                  of power. Zhenwu Publications.


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