Morning Training Program with Mike Garofalo in Red Bluff, California
Walking, Taijiquan, Qigong, Cane, Strength Training


Mike Retired on July 1, 2016.  
He will no longer be teaching Yoga or Qigong in Red Bluff, California.
He will be moving to the Vancouver, Washington, area in 2017.

Valley Spirit Taijiquan

Outdoor Practice Schedule in 2016

Michael P. Garofalo, M.S., Instructor 


Every Monday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Begin walking and practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan (Taijiquan) starting at daybreak.        
Train for around 90 - 120 minutes depending on work schedules and enthusiasm. 
Walk and train on a very safe, no traffic, rural, .3 mile Cul-de-sac road. 
In the afternoon (4 pm-), I train indoors and teach at the Tehama Family Fitness Center in Red Bluff. 
Overview of my Mind-Body-Spirit classes and training program.

My outdoor morning practices include T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Qigong, walking, strength training, and cane weapon martial arts. 

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Yang Taijiquan and Chen Taijiquan Studies and Practices 



Valley Spirit Center
23005 Kilkenny Lane
Red Bluff, CA 96080

Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo




You might email Mike if you plan to attend, because employment opportunities sometimes require that he be away at work, or he may be camping. 

Here is Mike's strength (weightlifting, bodybuilding) training program for 2016. 

Here is his website on Walking

Private lessons in Taijiquan, Qigong, and Yoga are available by arrangements with Mike Garofalo. 

I teach Yoga and Qigong classes and Taijiquan classes at the Tehama Family Fitness Center in Red Bluff. 

Attend a Weekend Workshop about Taijiquan or Qigong in the Beautiful North Sacramento Valley.

Valley Spirit Center in Red Bluff, California

A person must train outdoors at daybreak during the very hot summer months. 


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T'ai Chi Ch'uan (Taijiquan) Forms Practiced


Standard Beijing Taijiquan 24 Form in the Yang Style

Yang Family Traditional Taijiquan 108 Form

Chen Style Taijiquan 18 Form of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei

Sun Style Taijiquan Competition 73 Form

Taijiquan Sword Standard 32 Form

Eight Immortals Yang Style Cane 36 Form of Master Jesse Tsao

Index to the Cloud Hands Taijiquan Website

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Michael P. Garofalo

M.S., B.A. Philosophy

I have been walking or jogging outdoors since 1973.
I began learning
Yang Style Taijiquan and Qigong in 1986-1990 from Sensei Frank McGorick.
I studied Lui Ho Ba Fa and Qigong with Sifu Robert Moore from 1986-1990.
I have taught over 950 classes of Taijiquan and Qigong in Red Bluff, California, since 2000. 
I also practice the
Chen Style of Taijiquan and Sun Style of Taijiquan, the cane weapon, and many Qigong forms. 
Tai Chi for Diabetes Instructor Trained and Certified by Dr. Paul Lam in 2003. 
Tai Chi for Arthritis Level 2 Instructor (Sun Style) Trained and Certified by Troyce Thome in 2006
Advanced Tai Chi and Qigong training at workshops or classes led by Robert Moore, Paul Lam, Ken Cohen, Yang Jun,
Patricia Long, Elaine Waters, Bill Helm, Doc Fai-Wong, Sher K. Lew, Kevin Weaver, and Troyce Thome. 

I have taught Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga in Red Bluff since 2003 for over 1,300 hours of classes. 
YogaFit Level IV Certified Yoga Instructor (Standard 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Curriculum Completed)
Over 130 hours of additional yoga training with Dr. Paula Barros, Desiree Rambaugh, and at the Ananda Yoga Center.
All of my Yoga Classes Include Some Qigong (Chinese Yoga) Practices

Personal Fitness Trainer Certified by AFAA 2007
Mat Pilates AFAA Certified 2005
Spin Cycling AFAA Certified 2005
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certifications
SilverSneakers Trained Instructor 2012
CPR and AED certified from 1999-2014. 

Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit, 4/1999 - 4/2014
Certified by the State of California Commission on Teacher
M.A. Education, 40 units, CSU Chico; M.A., Philosophy, 30 units at CSU Los Angeles. 
M.S., Library and Information Science, University of Southern California, 1968
B.A. Philosophy, CSU Los Angeles, 1967 


Brief Biography



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Chinese Warm-up Exercises, Chinese Yoga, Chi Kung,
Energy Development, Energy Work
Dao Yin (Guide and Pull) Exercises
Yang Sheng Fa (Taoist Longevity Methods)


Valley Spirit Qigong Website

Eight Section Brocade Qigong (Ba Duan Gin)

Five Animal Frolics Qigong (Wu Qin Xi)

Dragon Qigong

Swinging Hands Exercises (Bai Bi Yun Dong)

The Magic Pearl Qigong Medicine Ball Exercise Routine

Entering Tranquility: A Standing Meditation Method (Zhan Zhuang)

Silk Reeling and Circles in Taijiquan

Temple Qigong

Muscle-Tendon Changing Qigong (Yi Jin Jing)

Luohan Eighteen Buddha Hands Qigong

Ripening Peaches: Taoist Studies and Practices

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Hatha Yoga Class

Index to the Valley Spirit Qigong Website

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Attend Mike Garofalo's indoor Taijiquan classes or outdoor Taijiquan classes or or indoor Yoga classes or take a private lesson in Taijiquan, Qigong, or Yoga while visiting beautiful Red Bluff, California. 



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Vacation and Learn in Beautiful Red Bluff, California

Beginning T'ai Chi Ch'uan Options:  Yang 24, Chen 18, Sun 24, Cane 18

Beginning Chi Kung (Qigong) Options: Five Animal Frolics, Eight Brocades , Daoist Temple, Magic Pearl, Yoga

Valley Spirit Center

Lectures, Private Lessons, Classes, Consulting, Workshops, Questions and Answers

Reasonable Hourly Rates

Instructor:  Michael P. Garofalo, M.S.

Excellent Recreational Opportunities for Persons of All Ages in the North Sacramento Valley
The Perfect Weekend Getaway for You, Friends and Family
Beautiful Scenery, Pleasant Weather, and Clear Skies for the Outdoor Enthusiast
Activities: Sight Seeing, Bicycling, Walking, Shopping, Spas, Photography, Reading, Relaxing, Internal Arts Studies
The Valley Spirit Center includes extensive gardens for Tai Chi practice and a Sacred Circle Garden
A Full Array of Services and Excellent and Reasonably Priced Accommodations in Redding or Red Bluff

Contact Mike: Email or Phone 530-200-3546

My Daily Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung Training Program





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Pulling Onions










Photographs around the Valley Spirit Center near the City of Red Bluff

in the North Sacramento Valley Area, California


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Red Bluff, Tehama County, North Sacramento Valley, Northern California, U.S.A.
Cities and small towns in the area: Sacramento, Davis, Woodland, Vacaville, Marysville, Yuba City,
Williams, Colusa, Willows, Orland, Oroville, Paradise, Durham, Chico, Hamilton City,
Corning, Rancho Tehama, Los Molinos, Vina, Tehama, Proberta, Gerber, Red Bluff,
Manton, Cottonwood, Olinda, Cloverdale, Dairyville, Bend, Centerville, Summit City,
Anderson, Shasta Lake, Palo Cedro, Igo, Ono, Redding, Shasta, Richfield, Fall River,
Montgomery Creek, Alturas, McCloud, Dunsmuir, Yreka, Happy Camp,
Shingletown, Burney, Mt. Shasta City, Weaverville, Chester, Susanville,
Weed, Gridley,  NorCalifia, CA, California.

This webpage was last changed or updated on January 1, 2016.   


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