Elisa C. Smith
It was supposed to just be a warm-up exercise for an office retreat. The tai chi instructor would help the marketing staff loosen up for a day of inspirational activities designed to foster teamwork and creativity.
For Elisa C. Smith, that opening exercise was a life-changing event. During the 15-minute session, she felt the knots and tension of being a marketing executive, working mom and wife fall away from her body like a silk slip at the end of the day. It was a feeling she craved to experience again.
Tai Chi soon became part of her daily life. Elisa purchased a Tai Chi for beginners DVD by Dr. Paul Lam. Her practice became richer as she started taking classes with Jef Morris. She started experiencing more energy, less stress and her colleagues noted she wasn’t as “pushy.”
The most meaningful observation came from her then 11-year-old son.
Elisa desires to help others experience the spiritual, mental and physical health that she has received through the practice of Tai Chi and Chi Gong. She’s certified to teach Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis for Beginners and Advanced.
Elisa continues to grow in the art form as she takes workshops and practices with Jef Morris, someone she calls her mentor, life coach, but most importantly her friend.