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  • Life
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    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

Online Classes!

We're trying some online classes while the centre is closed due to COVID-19.


Online Class: Tai Chi as Moving Meditation - Series 2
“Be Still as a Mountain, Move Like a Great River”

Begins: August 3, 2020

Ends: September 21, 2020

Repeats: every Monday.

Duration: 8 weeks

Time: 10:00 - 11:15 AM

Instructor: Daniel Pikelin

Cost: $80 for 8 classes

Teaching Platform:
The class will be conducted via ZOOM

Click here to register.

Payment: After registering you will receive a confirmation email from your instructor with a link for payment via PayPal. The Zoom meeting ID and password will follow in a second email after your payment is processed.

Learn the fundamental principles of the Tai Chi form practiced at the TCMC / Tai Chi and Meditation Center, and put in practice the unique 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

Tai Chi comes from Wuji and is the mother of Yin and Yang. Although the changes are numerous, the principle that pervades them is only one.”

From the “Tai Chi Chuan Lun” by Wang Tsung-yueh



Dear students: we have stressed the importance of practicing Taiji (Tai Chi), Qigong, Meditation (our main offerings) for the overwhelming health benefits these bring to all ages and abilities for over 30 years. A strong immune system has never been more important. Please continue to workout daily as part of prevention. They will strengthen the organs and immunity, remove toxic pathogens and allow the body regain it's ability to self-heal. If you have training in these disciplines, you know how valuable they are. We are doing our best to provide the teachings as best we can, and taking every precaution. As the City continues the battle with Corona Virus, we feel it best to comply with recommendations to close. Keep up the practice and stay strong and positive. We will update our website as best we can to let you know when you can return so check here and you can email us too. You can also communicate with us on facebook.

Class Schedule

Weekly Tai Chi, Qigong, Meditation, and Ba Gua Classes - Drop in or join anytime!

Check out our Class Series

See what you can learn in as little as 8 weeks! Classes for all levels. Drop in or join anytime!

  • 8 Week Introductory Tai Chi Chuan Beginner Classes: New Sessions begin first Wednesday and Saturday of each month
  • Baguazhang: regular classes resume March 10
  • Eight Pieces of Silk Brocade: March 9 - April 13

Medical Qigong Workshops

Learn to heal yourself and others with these two powerful 11 week workshops taught by Shifu Donna Oliver

  • Level A - starts October, 2020 - 11 weeks. Fridays, 6-9pm.
  • Level B - starts March, 2020 - 11 weeks. TBD

Rent Our Space
Our space is available for rent to those offering other mind-body practices.

Please contact info@powerofbalance.com for rental information.

See below for other classes held at our location:

Biodanza with Diana Ojeda - Saturdays April 11, 18, 25, from 2-4 pm (March classes are canceled).


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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