2601 – Ai Chi II-Cultivating the Chi

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This Ai Chi experience is designed for those comfortable with the Ai Chi movements and progressions. It is an extension to traditional Ai Chi that increases energy or life force with simple, natural movements. We go beyond basic Ai Chi with experimentation in physical positioning and we use the new Ai Chi terminology in the Physical Focus. When we cultivate a garden we sow (prepare the ground, plant the seeds, etc.), we work (weeding, watering, protecting from the elements, etc), and we reap (harvesting and using our harvest to bring us health, energy and life). Likewise the purpose of the Cultivating the Chi movements is to cultivate the Chi (our vital life force), which surrounds our physical body. We work with it, prepare it, acknowledge it, weed it, protect it, care for it, and take the best to feed ourselves.


NEEDS IDENTIFICATION: Following an Ai Chi Basic progression is helpful to clients. Adding information on energy and teaching ways to increase intrinsic energy life force will give clients a progression to elicit more benefits. Ai Chi Practitioners will want to add this level when they and their clients are ready.



1)   Work toward precise recruitment of muscles during positioning.

2)   Experience physical movement coordinated with breathing patterns that can take Ai Chi to a new level.

3)   Experiment with the new postures – Encircling, Surrounding and Nurturing.

4)   Compare upper and lower trunk stabilization with extremity movements.

5)   Discover how Cultivating the Chi can increase energy so it becomes palpable.


FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, founder/president of ATRI, is an internationally known speaker, author and consultant. She is the founder of six different businesses including the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, the Aquatic Exercise Association, Living Right Magazine, America’s Certification Trainers, Armchair Aerobics Inc., and the Fitness Firm. A leader in the health and wellness industry, she also draws on her vast experience as an entrepreneur to teach others what it takes to assume the risk of business and enterprise. Ruth is the author of numerous articles and 15 books on her specialties of wellness and business. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Sevier-McCahill Disability International Foundation Award; and the John Williams, Jr. International Swimming Hall of Fame Adapted Aquatics Award. Known for her high energy and practical teaching approaches, Ruth has brought thousands of people over the years to understand the benefits of water exercise.