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.

  • 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.

  • IMMERSION: TaiChi Principles
  • If you really want to learn TaiChi, begin with the principles and take your time learning good posture. Approached in this manner, TaiChi will give you years of pleasure and peace-of-mind. This 90-minute session will give you plenty of time to practice one or more movements using good posture techniques. Questions are encouraged.
    Drop-in: $35 or 2 sessions from your class package. (Call us to enroll with your class package: 907-562-2863.)
    FREE 2-hr Street Parking every Saturday or $1.25/hr in the Saturday Market lot across the street

  • Community Qigong & TaiChi (by donation)
  • Enjoy learning basic Qigong movements and the building blocks of TaiChi. We meet every Saturday morning throughout the year.
    June-August this class meets 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
  • 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.