• 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


Following Ontario Public Health regulations, we will be closed until January 26.
We look forward to welcoming you back once we are able to re-open.
If you booked a class between January 3 - 26 you will be receiving a refund via PayPal.

NEW In-person Class Information

Special restrictions are in place due to COVID-19/Corona Virus to ensure your safety. You can read and download our Safety Guidelines an NEW VACCINATION POLICY here.

As of Sept 22, 2021, you are required to sign a NEW LIABILITY WAIVER at your first class. Read, download, print and sign it here. You can bring it with you. It will also be available for you to sign at the Centre.

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.

Medical Qigong Workshops

Registration now open for the 2022. Begins January 14, Fridays 6-8pm.

Learn the basics of Medical Qigong Self Healing in a two part workshop taught by Shifu Donna Oliver

Meditation (Online)

Learn the Tai Chi Short Form Online

Here is a great opportunity to learn Tai Chi online with a simplified, effective teaching method, adapted for online ease.

Cost: 8 session series is $100
When: Classes run weekly on Mondays, 10 to 11:15 AM
Next 8 week Class Series scheduled: From January 10, 2022 to Feb 28, 2022

Taught by Daniel Pikelin, full instructor with the Toronto Tai Chi and Meditation Centre.

Click here for more information

Five Elements Qigong (Online)

Instructor Michael Herring will take you through the five elements from our Medical Qigong System, along with foundational Qigong and Tai Chi exercises to focus on building alignment and flexibility. Suitable for beginners and as a review class for people who have taken the Medical Qigong Level A. Wednesdays at noon, email michael@dangerherring.com for more information and to sign up.

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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