Mind/Body Movement Arts and Fitness in 2016

Instructor:  Mike Garofalo


Yoga (Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Raja Yoga) Classes

T'ai Chi Ch'uan (Taijiquan) Classes


Qigong (Chi Kung)

Bodybuilding and Weight Lifting

Outdoor T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong




Help for Arthritis

My Personal Strength Training Program for 2015

Workshops, Classes

Private Lessons with Mike Garofalo

Study with Mike Garofalo


Body-Mind: Theory and Practices

Cloud Hands Website

Cloud Hands Blog

Valley Spirit Qigong (Chi Kung)

Valley Spirit Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan)




Michael P. Garofalo
Fitness Instructor Qualifications

Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Group Exercise, Strength Training, Walking, Gardening, Philosophy 

I completed 200 hours of classroom lectures and testing in the YogaFit® Yoga Teacher Training Program from 2003-2006. 
In 2006, I completed the
YogaFit Level IV Certified Class in Hood River, Oregon, and was presented my certificate by the founder of YogaFit®, Beth Shaw. 
YogaFit teaches the standard 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Curriculum. 
I have also completed over
160 hours of additional yoga training with Paula Barros D.C, Desiree Rambaugh, and at the Ananda Yoga Center. 
In addition, I have done extensive reading and research into Yoga, and publish the Cloud Hands Blog.   

Since 2003, I have taught three or four yoga classes each week at the Tehama Family Fitness Center in Red Bluff, California. 
As of August 2015, I have taught over 1,950 one hour yoga classes to members of the Tehama Family Fitness Center. 
Here is my current yoga class schedule

AFAA = Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Fitness Instructor Certifications
Personal Fitness Trainer Certified by AFAA in April, 2007.  
Mat Pilates AFAA Certified 2005
Spin Cycling AFAA Certified 2005
SilverSneakers® Trained Instructor.  SilverSneakers® Strength Training and Range of Motion Certification in March, 2012. 
SilverSneakers® Cardio-Circuit Certification in March, 2012. 
CPR/AED Training and Certification, 1999-2015.   

California Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit, 4/1999 - 4/2016,  Certified by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
M.S., Library and Information Science, University of Southern California, 1968
B.A. Philosophy, California State University at Los Angeles, 1967 
Education, Master's Program, 40 Units, CSU Chico, 2000-2004; Philosophy, Master's Program, 30 units at CSU Los Angeles, 1974-1978. 

I have
taught over 1,600 classes of T'ai Chi Ch'uan (Taijiquan) and Chi Kung (Qigong, Chinese Yoga) in Red Bluff, California, since 2000. 
I teach the Yang Style of Taijiquan (24 Form and 108 Form), Chen Taijiquan (18 Form), Sun Taijiquan (73 Form), Cane, and Sword (32 Form). 
I teach many Chi Kung forms, methods, and concepts. 

I began learning Tai Chi and Chi Kung from 1986-1990 with Sensei Frank McGourick in Whittier, California.
I studied Lui Ho Ba Fa Taijiquan and Qigong with Sifu Robert Moore from 1987-1990 in Whittier, California.
I studied Red Dragon Kung Fu from 1990-1993 with Sensei Tony Ippolito in Hacienda Heights, California.

Tai Chi for Diabetes Instructor Trained and Certified by Dr. Paul Lam, M.D., in 2003. 
Tai Chi for Arthritis Level 1 and Level 2 Instructor (Sun Style) Trained and Certified by Troyce Thome in
I have benefited from advanced Tai Chi and Qigong training at workshops or classes led by such Tai Chi Master teachers as:
Robert Moore, Paul Lam, Ken Cohen, Yang Jun, George Xu, Elaine Waters, Bill Helm, Doc Fai-Wong, Sher K. Lew,
Kent Howard, Liping Zhu, Patricia Long, Kevin Weaver, and Troyce Thome. 

I have been and avid walker and hiker and gardener since 1963.

For More Information You are Welcome Email or Telephone Mike at 530-200-3546

A Brief Biography of Mike Garofalo

Valley Spirit Center
North Sacramento Valley, 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, Reading, Relaxing, Internal Arts Studies
Valley Spirit Center includes extensive gardens for Tai Chi practice and a Sacred Circle
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





Cloud Hands Blog





Pulling Onions








Photographs of the Red Bluff, California, Area and the Valley Spirit Center



Cloud Hands Website  and  Cloud Hands Blog

















































Valley Spirit Center - Red Bluff, California

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

Updated on March 23, 2016

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