Paul Alvaran, Head Tai Chi & Qigong Instructor
Paul Alvaran enjoys teaching Tai Chi and Qigong both part-time at Baltimore Martial Arts (BMAA) and in the adjunct faculty at the Prince Georges Community College. Additionally, he has provided Tai Chi and Qigong at various assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and retirement communities throughout Baltimore and DC. His Tai Chi and Qigong journey began at BMAA in 1994 through Gary Berger as he was introduced to Kungfu, Tai Chi, Qigong and MMA. Though he was intrigued by all the disciplines, he was drawn to Tai Chi and Qigong the most.
Upon receiving his Personal Training Certification from the American Council on Exercise in 1997, while serving as Personal Trainer/ Weight Supervisor for the University of Maryland Campus Recreation Center, he integrated short form Tai Chi and Qigong to reinforce breathing and visual imagery to help clients achieve a state of calmness and manage pain and anxiety.
He is certified in various forms of Tai Chi for special needs populations. He trained under Dr. Paul Lam, founder of the Tai Chi Health Institute, to include Tai Chi for Arthritis Beginner and Advanced, Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tai Chi for Energy, and Tai Chi for Osteoporosis in his repertoire. He is certified in Seated and Wheel Chair Tai Chi, Tai Chi for Back Pain, and Tai Chi for Neck and Shoulder Pain through Dr. Zibin Guo, creator of the standard form of wheelchair Tai Chi in China. Additionally, he is a certified Tai Chi and Qigong Instructor by Tai Chi Healthways under Master Jesse Tsao.
Alvaran’s program is specialized for adults and the elderly with cognitive impairment, dementia and a wide range of neurological disorders. By providing modified Tai Chi and Qigong forms, individuals with newly acquired or chronic limitations are able to benefit physically and emotionally.
His programs contain various Tai Chi styles (Chen, Sun, Yang ) and Qigong (8 piece Brocade, Muscle Tendon Change Classic, 6 Healing Sounds, 5 Animal Frolics) to accommodate individuals from a standing, seated , or wheelchair position.
Paul Alvaran leverages his unique talents to bring a robust physical and meditative practice to his clients. As an accomplished musician and former Musical Director for The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) where he lectured on the topic of using Music as a motivational strategy, he incorporates music and motivational techniques that build confidences and strengthens his client’s abilities to manage and cope with the challenges of daily life.
Over the years, additional Tai Chi and Qigong seminars have included Wang Hai Jun, Robert Peng, and Chen Zhenglei .
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