Lessons in life have taught me how to negotiate the business world but not to dwell there, to incorporate efficiency without giving up the joy of discovering a new way, and to be fiscally conservative without being stingy.
I now make choices that support my best interests as well as the interests of my community. My pleasures are designing interesting and functional clothing, creating flavorful organic foods and, of course, teaching TaiChi and Qigong. 

DaoShima instructs the following:
  • 8 Brocades for Health Qigong
  • All abilities welcome! This form is done standing but also can be done in a chair and performed in varying degrees of challenge. Whether you are recovering from an injury or have a wide range of movement, this form will lessen overall anxiety and increase your ability to relax.

  • Long Form TaiChi
  • Prerequisite: Proficiency in 24-Movement Tai Chi. EXPECT: Intense warm-ups, strengthening postures, new movements, breath work, some push hands. WEAR: Loose fitting, layered clothing.

  • TaiChi Sword
  • Prerequisite: Proficiency in 24-Movement Tai Chi. EXPECT: Faster movement for warm-ups, work with wooden sword, hand postures, wrist articulation, faster pace than Tai Chi. WEAR: Loose fitting, layered clothing.

  • 20-hour training offered Spring and Fall - Current Training: Sept 30-Oct 29
      > Download Registration Packet and fill out Enrollment Form (page 3)
      > Bring Enrollment Form with you or email to shimasusan@gmail.com  
      > You may enroll BELOW or through the link above
      > Payments available (call: 907-562-2863)

  • TaiChi Basics
  • This class is designed for beginners. We will connect philosophy and breath as we develop balance and control.
    Already studying TaiChi? Come to fine-tune your postures, deepen internal emptiness and feed your form with breath, control and intent.

  • Community Qigong (by donation)
  • Enjoy a mix of seated, guided, and standing meditation.

  • Community TaiChi (by donation)
  • Enjoy learning the building blocks of TaiChi every Saturday morning throughout the year. (This class meets all year. June-August we meet outside at the Triangle, 2nd & E Street)

  • Core Conditioning for TaiChi
  • A great workout! Using Daoist breathing techniques, you will learn to cultivate internal energy, increase mental focus and develop relaxed awareness. This increased awareness will be used to develop each person's optimal TaiChi stance. 

  • Intermediate TaiChi with DaoShima
  • Prerequisite: Ability to lead 10-Movement TaiChi. Students will learn a Yang-style 24-Movement TaiChi form. We will explore the essence of optimal stances and stable transitions, provide more opportunities to lead, and offer one-on-one personal feedback.

  • Qigong for Arthritis
  • Active or sedentary, more than 10% of adults are affected by Arthritis within their lifetime. Qigong exercises have been used in China for many years to successfully circumvent and even treat this condition. Let this gentle and graceful exercise help you relieve joint stiffness and move more freely in your everyday activity.

  • Room Rental - Lukas Miller Full Moon Celebration
  • Baby Lukas Miller celebration