• What is
    Power of Balance?

    Balance is underestimated in our Now culture, which celebrates excess and the Wow factor. Ageless Wisdom teachers point to Balance as the real, enduring source of Power.

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  • Life
    is relationship,

    as great teachers have observed. We are in obvious relationship with partners, family, friends, and co-workers, but also wider relationships – cultural, religious, political, national, international, virtual and more.

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  • Making Real Changes

    Evidence suggests we individually and collectively overestimate our ability to change or set a low bar for “real change”. Changing partners, jobs, countries, religion, political party or diet are recognized as major “life stresses”, yet even such changes rarely alter our deep, behavioural patterns, which we may regard as our personal “software”.

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The need for Balance in an ever changing world.

Tai Chi Chuan (taijiqian) means “Yin-Yang Fist” and aims to embody Yin-Yang principles at all levels – physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual. When you flow with Life, you harmonize the “opposites”.

Upcoming Events

Reopening September 8

Exciting News!
We are re-opening as of September 8, 2020 with the exception of statutory holidays.

Special restrictions will be in place due to the COVID-19 Pandemic to ensure your safety.

Initially we will impose a limit of 7 students/class to allow for physical distancing. You must book and pre-pay for your preferred classes online. We are unable to take studio drop-ins at this time.

All teachers and participants will be required to wear masks at this time. Disposable paper masks will be available for $2 each if you need one.

Please come dressed for class as we must limit the change room to one at a time. Surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned between classes.

You can read and download all our Safety Guidelines here.

You will be required to sign a liability waiver at your first class. Read, download, print and sign it here. You can bring it with you or sign one at the Centre.

Please note that Class Cards will be suspended until the Pandemic is over and any valid remaining unused classes purchased before March 16 2020 can be redeemed thereafter.

As things change constantly, we encourage you to visit powerofbalance.com regularly or put your name on our mailing list to be notified of changes to the schedule and new offerings.

*No refunds. We will not refund or give credit for any missed classes or sessions within a multiple session course or workshop unless your booked class is cancelled. They cannot refunded or exchanged for other classes or products.

Class Schedule

Weekly Tai Chi, Qigong, Meditation, and Ba Gua Classes.
Pre-registration is now required for all classes - click here to register and pay.

Check out our Class Series

See what you can learn in as little as 6 weeks! Classes for all levels. Drop in or join anytime!

  • Eight Pieces of Silk Brocade: September 14 - October 19

Medical Qigong Workshops

Learn to heal yourself and others with these two powerful workshops taught by Shifu Donna Oliver

  • Level A, Part 1 - starts October 16, 2020 - 6 weeks. Fridays, 6-8pm.
  • Level A, Part 2 - starts January 8, 2021 - 6 weeks. Fridays, 6-8pm.

Meditation and Qigong Workshops

Online Class: Tai Chi as Moving Meditation - Series 3

Enjoy an Online Class from the comfort of your own home or anywhere
Offered through the Zoom platform
Eight sessions - Every Monday at 10 AM
Sep 28, Oct 5, Oct 12, Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16
Class duration 1 hour and 15 minutes
Cost $80 for 8 classes
Learn the fundamental principles of the Tai Chi form practiced at the Tai Chi and Meditation Centre.
Put into practice the unique Yin-Yang principle that ties it all together; Follow the breath through every move; Explore the Three Dantien Treasures
"Be Still as a Mountain, Move Like a Great River"

Advance registration is required:
Click here to register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from your instructor with a link for payment via Paypal

Rent Our Space

Our space is available for rent to those offering other mind-body practices.
Please contact info@powerofbalance.com for rental information.


About Us


The Tai Chi and Meditation Centre (TCMC) was founded by Shifu Andy James (Wu Andao), who in 1984 gave up being a Chartered Accountant to become a fulltime teacher of Mindfulness-Vipassana meditation, Tai Chi Chuan, the Chinese “internal” martial arts, Qigong, Enneagram of Personality and more.  His intent was to provide comprehensive mind-body-spirit tools for robust health, individual transformation of consciousness and “real”, positive life changes (Power of Balance).  He wanted to help reintroduce the traditional Chinese “internal arts” (neijia) aspiration of embodying the Warrior, Healer, Scholar and Sage.

Shifu James has learned from world-renowned teachers including Miss Rose Li (taijiquan, baguazhang, xingyiquan), Dhiravamsa (Mindfulness-Vipassana meditation and Buddhism), Prof. Jerry Alan Johnson (Qigong and baguazhang) and has collaborated with other esteemed teachers (see Lineage etc).  TCMC students have won many medals in national and international competitions in Canada and the USA (see details).  TCMC has for decades been covered by local and national media in Canada.  At present, we also have accredited teachers in the UK and Portugal.

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