Shoulders Down, Inc. and Rising Phoenix T'ai Chi

Senior's T'ai Chi, Movement Improvement T'ai Chi

T'ai Chi in Atlanta Public Class Schedule
Seniors' T'ai Chi, Movement Improvement T'ai Chi Schedule
Piedmont Wellness Center Class Schedule
Cate Morrill, Director
Harvey Meisner, Assistant Director
What are T'ai Chi and Qi Gong?
Our T'ai Chi Teacher, Master Yun XiangTseng
Our Atlanta Movement Improvement T'ai Chi and Traditional T'ai Chi Instructors
To Pay for Your T'ai Chi in Atlanta Classes and Workshops
T'ai Chi in Atlanta at Rising Phoenix Studio Information
Map and Directions to the Studio
Rising Phoenix T'ai Chi in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and USA Today
WebMD Article on Arthritis featuring our work
Programs Overview, Atlanta T'ai Chi and more!
Qi Balancing /Private Consultations and Phone Consultations
Kathy Sheahan, Instructor, Portland, OR
Special Programs for Special People
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Our "Movement Improvement Tai Chi and Qi Gong"R is a specially designed program for Seniors of all activity levels AND for those with special circumstances, such as Parkinson's Disease, arthritis, balance issues and so forth. This program is endorsed by doctors, nurses, physical therapists and many others in the Senior Health Care field.

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On Thanksgiving, we will be giving thanks for our family, friends and, yes, for our students, for letting us share our qi, knowledge and joy!

We look forward to seeing you soon!
 A partial list of our classes follows below or please click here to contact us for classes in your area, or to discuss your specific needs.
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If you prefer to telephone us rather than email, please call 404-525-6466.  Please feel free to leave a detailed message if you recieve our voicemail, as we are all often out teaching classes or on the line with another caller. We will return the call as soon as possible. Please be sure to leave a call back number, thank you!


 Movement Improvement Tai Chi for Seniors with Carol Issa

Wednesdays: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  These exercises can be performed standing or seated. This program of “Movement Improvement Tai Chi” is taught in an 8 week series. Students must purchase the series in full. New students can start ANYTIME and the cost will be prorated based on the number of remaining classes in the series at $10/class.  To register for this class, please call: 404-334-9558

Kaikudo Karate and T'ai Chi

5501 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road 700B, Dunwoody GA 30338

Kaikudo T'ai Chi for Seniors

Here is a PARTIAL list of Movement Improvement classes in the Atlanta area,  some are open to the public, and some are private for residents.  Please contact us to find a location near you, or to register for classes.. Most classes run in a series format, and pre-registration is required.  We teach by private arrangement at many other locations, so please email us to schedule a class for your community!


 Class Regular Days and Times:

We look forward to seeing you soon! 


11:30-12:30 Northside United Methodist Church
2799 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

12:30-1:30 St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA

2:00-3:30 Presbyterian Village (2 classes back to back) Residents Only
2000 East West Connector, Austell, GA 30106-1194

2:00-3:00 Clairmont Presbyterian Church
1994 Clairmont Rd, Decatur GA, 30033 


10:00-11:00 Canterbury Court Retirement Community Residents Only
 3750 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319

11:15-12:00 Renaissance On Peachtree Residents Only
3755 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319
11:30-12:30  Clairmont Presbyterian Church
 1994 Clairmont Rd, Decatur GA, 30033 

2:00-2:45 Lenbrook Highrise Residents Only
3747 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319

11am--12noon  Kaikudo Karate and T'ai Chi    **NEW***
5501 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd. Dunwoody GA 30338 



2:00-3:30 Presbyterian Village (2 classes back to back Residents Only

2000 East West Connector, Austell, GA 30106-1194




11:00-12:00  Clairmont Place, Retirement Community  Residents Only

2100 Clairmont Lake, Decatur GA 30033

1:30-2:15 Philips Tower Residents Only
Trinity Ave., Decatur, GA 30030


2:00-2:45  Lenbrook Highrise Residents Only

3747 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319

2:30-3:30 Clairmont Oaks Community Residents Only
441 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, GA 30030


10:00-11:00 Clairmont Presbyterian Church

 1994 Clairmont Rd, Decatur GA, 30033 
11:15-12:00 Renaissance On Peachtree Residents Only
3755 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319
11:15-12:00 Atria Senior Residence Residents Only
100 Somerby Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30004

Movement Improvement T'ai Chi classes are designed for the needs of the clients, with all special situations and conditions taken into consideration. 
These exercises can be performed standing or seated, and are held at your location or ours, at the time of day when it's best for you!   Whether for robust, active seniors, or those more frail and sedentery, those living with Parkinson's Disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc., our programs bring out the best!  Movements are designed and instructed for all levels of ability, and taught at a pace all can follow.  We emphasize moves to loosen the major muscle groups, provide full rotation of the joints, and create balance and stability. And it's fun!
Our Lead Instructors, Cate Morrill and Harvey Meisner,  have extensive experience.   Our students report greater flexibility, balance and confidence.  Generally, blood pressure is reduced, cardio-respiratory capacity increases, and a general feeling of well-being and being in control, is established.  As the student becomes stronger, the intensity of the moves can be increased and continued development takes place.  The group atmosphere of classes provides camaraderie and support, and encourages the practice of the movements between classes.  The goal of these classes is to provide what each individual needs, and to teach "Movement Improvement" techniques which are applied to everyday life.  This program uses moves easily followed and easily applied to real life situations, therefore "practice" becomes an on-going, daily activity.  When students incorporate this knowledge into their own situations, true value is the result.
These programs can be designed for any specific location, for special one-time seminars or ongoing weekly classes.  We want to suit your needs and desires.
(Below the following comments is a partial list of public MI classes.)

Get Up and Go!
What our Maturing Adults say about our classes… 
  • I love it, it’s easy to follow, and I can go at my own pace. 
  • I can walk a straight line now! 
  • My arthritis symptoms have improved, I can move around more freely! 
  • I sleep better, and longer, more restfully. 
  • I can bend over and tie my shoes more easily! 
  • It has helped me so much with my balance! 
  • It relaxes me, but it also gives me energy.  How does it do that?! 
  • It helps me with the stress of the days. 
  • I can stand on one foot! Which really helps!
  • I didn’t think I could learn anything new, but it’s easy, and I love it! 
  • I can do more now than I could 15 years ago! 
  • Grocery shopping and carrying bags is easier, and I rest better, too. 
  • My restless leg syndrome has stopped completely! 
  • I was practicing in line at the bank, it helped with back strain.
  • I did T'ai Chi walk downhill on slippery driveway and did not slip.
  • I am feeling so much more flexible.
  • I have better balance and awareness of movement.
  • Most times I remember “shoulders down” to relieve stress.
  • My back feels better, balance is better.
  • Usually I practice in the morning, and I can tell legs are getting stronger.
  • I can just pop right out of the chair!
  • I shampooed carpet using T'ai Chi stance, and my back didn’t hurt!
  • I mopped floor and worked in garden, and had no pain in my legs or my back!
  • It feels like I am getting stronger all over
  • I can put heavy pots and pans under counter now.
  • The highlight of my week is this class!
  • I really feel like I am getting a good workout.
  • It is easier to walk my dog, I can move the leash around with my arm now, before, I couldn’t.
  • I taught T'ai Chi to dentist office staff who was watching me do it in waiting room!
  • My knees are feeling so much better.
  • My shoulder hurt this morning, I did the T'ai Chi work and all was well.
  • I can take baths in the tub now because I can get in and out, I love this!
  • My knees are stronger than ever, helps with my other exercises, like walking and dancing.
  • I couldn't walk up stairs, I could barely get out of bed, and my hip was hurting. After just a few weeks, all that has changed. I'm 90+ !
  • My blood pressure has gone down.
  • I stand straighter, feel taller and healthier.
  • I’m going to do this for the rest of my life!

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