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3 Updates as we “Fall Back”!

3 Updates as we “Fall Back”!

1st-Weekly Ty Warner Park Meetups Move Inside!
TU/TH  10AM TaijiFit Flow Meetup & TH 4PM Yang Style Simplified Movement 24/32 Forms will be hosted by Dawn Nader at her Home Studio. Our weekly gatherings began in the Summer of 2014 for those interested in Tai Chi. It is just like a weekly Book Club for Tai Chi! Group members agree to donate $5 per person to defray the costs associated with hosting the weekly gatherings. Space is limited-RSVP.  Mary would be happy to meet in the main parking lot of Ty Warner Park at 9:45AM and you can drive over with her. (Ty Warner Park Main Parking lot is located on Blackhawk Dr.) Please plan to arrive early to enjoy conversation and refreshment 9:45-10AM.  Movement begins at 10:05AM with 30 to 45 minutes of movement depending on how chatty we feel. Home Studio- 24 Iroquois Dr, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514. Cass & Norfolk Or Blackhawk Dr and Algonquin will get you to Iroquois Dr-Dawn’s house is on the west side of the street.  Park on The west side of the street only or in the driveway.  

2nd-JJC North Campus Registration is now closed for our last 4 week session of the Fall 2019 Semester. 

Joliet Junior College-North Campus (Romeoville,IL) 

TaijiFit Flow LLC 5629

T5 M 6:30PM (Nov. 4-Dec. 2)

T6 W 10AM (Nov. 6- Dec.4)

The sections offered did not meet the minimum requirement of 5 participants.  Due to scheduling needs, participants were unable to combine.  Due to cost recovery requirements, both sections of this class have been canceled by JJC and refunds have been issued. Participants at JJC are coming together to create a private weekly meetup group to keep the community going until January 2020. Please reach out to me for details. Look for TaijiFit at Joliet Junior College this January in the Spring 2020 Semester Catalog! Classes will begin Jan. 2020. 

You can help! Please spread the word. Leave a catalog with an active adult community clubhouse, library, or community/senior center in your town. Hang a flyer in your community where active adults will see it. Due to cost recovery, 5 Life Long Learning Participants are needed to run a time slot. Bring your friends, neighbors and family!

JJC North Campus in Romeoville, IL- M 6:30PM & W 10AM  

NEW! JJC Main Campus in Joliet, IL- W 5:30PM

NEW! When we have 5 Lifelong Learning Participants registered, JJC will open the remaining 25 seats to the Veterans Administration Community Care Network-Tai Chi For Veterans Program.  For Veteran enrollment information contact Brenda Large (815)280-1504 or

Register online www://

Register by phone (815) 280-1555

Fall 2019 Catalog-

Details about the VA CCN Tai Chi For Veterans Program-

3rd-Heads up! Participants at Carillion Club Active Living Gated Community- Your club house will close for interior renovations this Winter. All group fitness classes are expected to be canceled.  Participants are gathering during the renovation.  A big thank you to Dawn Greenwood! She has offered her assistance to reserve a room for us at the Naperville 95th Street Library as means to keep our community together during the upcoming renovation. If you are interested in joining us please reach out.  Dates and time are coming soon. 

Looking forward to flowing with you! 


Dawn Nader 

408-204-1229 (text only)

Certified Instructor-TaijiFit, Tai Chi For Veterans Program,VA CCN Tai Chi Service Provider, Metro Chicago YMCAs TaijiFit , Silver Sneakers FLEX TaijiFit 

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Joliet Junior College-North Campus (Romeoville,IL) Wow-wow-WOW It’s time to register! We start M 11/04 & W 11/06-it’s the last 4 week session of Fall 2019!

Joliet Junior College-North Campus (Romeoville,IL)
Wow-wow-WOW It’s time to register!
TaijiFit Flow LLC 5629
T5 M 6:30PM (Nov. 4-Dec. 2)
T6 W 10AM (Nov. 6- Dec.4)
On Monday, we will begin our final 4 week session in the Fall 2019 Calendar.
Just a reminder-5 participants are needed to run a time slot-so bring your friends and family! I have 2 weekly time slots.
When we have 5 Lifelong Learning Participants, JJC will open the remaining 25 seats to the Veterans Administration Community Care Network-Tai Chi For Veterans Program.
Register online www://
Register by phone (815) 280-1555
For Veteran enrollment information contact Brenda Large (815)280-1504 or

5 Things To Know-NEW VA CCN Tai Chi For Veterans Program

VA CCN Tai Chi for Veterans is a new Federal program in the Veterans Administration Community Care Network for Complimentary/Integrative Services. The VA CCN Tai Chi for Veterans Program is offered outside of a VA Hospital, VA Clinic or any VA Federal Facility. It brings Tai Chi directly into our local communities and makes Tai Chi more accessible to Veterans.

1. VA Goal- In an effort to decrease drug dependency, VA is actively exploring alternative forms of therapy to help Veterans ease pain and trauma. Tai Chi, a moving meditation, focuses on breathing and mindfulness techniques paired with light physical motions. In addition to improved physical health, Tai Chi may prove beneficial in the management of opioid dependence & reducing the symptoms of mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). – VA Vantage Point-Alternative therapy: Veterans find relief through tai chi- May 22, 2018

2. The Mission Act- New legislation that expands benefits under the VA Complimentary / Integrative Health Services to include Tai Chi. Veterans can now find relief outside of the VA Hospitals, VA Clinics & VA Federal Facilities through alternative therapies such as the Tai Chi.

3. The Veterans Administration Community Care Network or VA CCN- Brings together the health care services of the Veterans Health Administration and supplements them with the network of community health care professionals, institutions, pharmacies and suppliers to provide timely access to high-quality health care. This is a fully funded, ongoing program through the VA-it is not a grant. Funding for the VA CCN is separate. For this reason, the VA CCN Tai Chi for Veterans Program is only offered outside of a VA Hospital, VA Clinic or any VA Federal Facility. General questions about the CCN can be directed to

4. Third Party Administrators TPAs- Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group®, is honored to partner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs through VA’s new Community Care Network. Together, we will ensure that our nation’s Veterans have access to the right care, at the right time and in the right setting. Optum was named as the TPA for the VA Community Care Network for Regions 1, 2 and 3 on December 28, 2018, encompassing 36 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Optum delivers unique services to the VA to accomplish its goal of delivering the highest quality of care to the Veterans they serve. TaijiFit, LLC (TaijiFit) has been contracted by Optum, to establish and manage the Tai Chi network of service providers in your region on behalf of Optum. TaijiFit is the only provider of Tai Chi approved and funded by the VA to administer services to our Veterans in the VA CCN. David-Dorian Ross is the National Coordinator of Tai Chi for Veterans and CEO of TaijiFit, LLC. To verify TaijiFit is the sole network manager, please call Optum at 800-873-4575. Proceed to bypass the automated questions to speak directly with a representative.

5. How to take advantage of this new benefit from the VA Community Care network- You need to be enrolled in VA health care to use community care benefits. VA Health Care eligible Veterans can use VA health care services nationwide, including through mobile health clinics that serve rural areas and via telehealth (care through a phone or computer). Not enrolled in VA health care yet? Apply online, by mail, or in person. Enroll in VA health care. Find a VA medical center or approved non-VA medical (called “community care”) providers near you. Find a VA location near you.

When can you use non-VA providers? It depends on the situation. Learn about the eligibility criteria for expanded community care, under the MISSION Act. Learn about community care eligibility For general MISSION Act health care inquiries, contact VA311 (1-844-698-2311).

How can you get a referral? The VA determines VA CCN benefit eligibility not Optum or TaijiFit. Step #1: Ask your VA healthcare provider (Primary Care or Therapist) for a referral.

When can you get a referral? The VA CCN Tai Chi For Veterans Program is rolling out by region and then county by county in phases. Illinois is Region 2- Phase 3 “go live” is Jan. 22, 2020 and includes counties such as Cook, DuPage, Will, Kane, Kankakee.

What does “go live” mean? When your county reaches the “go live” date Veterans in that county can obtain a referral number from their Primary Care Doctor or Therapist through the VA. When you have a referral you can sign up for services in the network. Locate and sign up for Tai Chi services at

How much does it cost? Tai Chi is now included in your newly expanded VA CCN Complimentary/Integrative Care Benefits. Veterans present their referral to the VA CCN Approved Tai Chi For Veterans Service Provider/Certified Instructor. The VA CCN Approved Service Provider/Certified Instructor uses the referral to invoice Optum for the Tai Chi services provided to the Veteran. The VA provides the funds for reimbursement for services provided. A Veteran will receive Tai Chi Services at no cost to them when they present a referral from the VA to the VA CCN Approved Tai Chi Service Provider/Certified Instructor.

My VA Primary Healthcare Provider does not know about this program, what can I do to get help? VA Hospitals, VA Clinics & VA Facilities are beginning to receive education on the VA CCN Tai Chi for Veterans Program. However, if a facility does not know about this NEW program contact TaijiFit TaijiFit is committed to superior service and care for our Veterans. It is our pleasure to assist you in the referral process.

How can local communities help? Venues in your community can help our efforts by donating space to host our Veterans. Do you have a space that can hold a max of 30 participants? Is that space available for a minimum of 1 hour & 1 time per month? You can help us bring Tai Chi directly into the local communities/counties where your Veterans live. Approved VA CCN Tai Chi Service Providers/ Certified Instructors are Independently Contracted and carry their own Instructor Liability Insurance. That means they have the freedom to travel directly to your community to offer services for our Veterans. Non Veterans are allowed to attend these classes, however Veterans have priority access. Suggestions include: Libraries, Community Centers, Hospitals, University and Community College Veterans Services Centers, VFW Halls, VSOs, Wounded Warriors Organizations and many more!

About your instructor-Dawn Nader is Certified TaijiFit Instructor, Approved VACCN Service Provider and Certified Tai Chi For Veterans Instructor. Dawn is an Independently Contracted Service Provider of Tai Chi for the suburbs of Chicago, IL. You can find Dawn at Joliet Junior College North Campus in Romeoville, IL & Joliet Junior College Main Campus in Joliet, IL beginning in Jan. 2020. Joliet Junior College is now a host venue for the VA CCN Tai Chi for Veterans Program and provides access to Tai Chi Services alongside their Life Long Learning Active Older Adult Participants. Please contact Dawn directly to find out more information about attending or hosting the Tai Chi for Veterans Program. Thank you for your interest. Please reach out with your questions: or .

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Fall 2019-TaijiFit™ FLOW with Dawn Nader. Mark your calendar NOW!

Good Morning Chicagoland TaijiFit Family-
The Fall 2019 Calendar & Schedule starts this week! Here’s everything you need to FLOW with Dawn Nader. Mark your calendar NOW!

Fall 2019 Calendar

Week 1- Begins M 9/16. (Joliet Junior College JJC Fall 2019 Session 1-wk 2)

Week 2- Begins M 9/23 (JJC Fall 2019 Session 1-wk 3)

Week 3- Begins M 9/30 (JJC Fall 2019 Session 1-wk 4)

Week 4- Begins M 10/07 (JJC Fall 2019 Session 2-wk 1)

*Week 5- Begins M 10/14 (JJC Fall 2019 Session 2-wk 2) No M 6:30PM Evening Class at JJC on M 10/14 & No Classes/Meetups on TU 10/15.

Week 6- Begins M 10/21 (JJC Fall 2019 Session 2-wk 3)

Week 7- Begins M 10/28 (JJC Fall 2019 Session 2-wk 4)
Halloween TH 10/31

Week 8- Begins M 11/04 (JJC Fall 2019 Session 3-wk 1)

*Week 9- Begins M 11/11 (JJC Fall 2019 Session 3-wk 2)
Veterans Day M Nov. 11 (JJC Closed-No M 6:30PM Class)

Week 10- Begins M 11/18 (JJC Fall 2019 Session 3-wk 3)

*Week 11- Begins M 11/25 No Classes / Meetups TH & F (JJC Fall 2019 Session 3-wk 4)
TH Nov. 28 (JCC Closed; Fry YMCA Closed)
F Nov.29 (JJC Open; Fry YMCA Open)

Week 12- Begins M 12/02 (JJC Fall 2019 Session 3-wk 5 )

Week 13- Begins M 12/09 (JJC No Classes)

Week 14- Begins M 12/16 (JJC No Classes)

*No Classes / Meetups Weeks of M 12/23 & M 12/30 (JJC No Classes)
Christmas / New Years
TU 12/24 (Fry YMCA Open 5AM-2PM)
W 12/25 (Fry YMCA Closed)
TU 12/31 (Fry YMCA Open 5AM-2PM)
W 1/01 (Fry YMCA Closed)

Winter/Spring 2020 Calendar

Week 1- Begins M 1/06
Week 2- Begins M 1/13 (JJC Winter/Spring 2020 Session 1-wk 1)

Fall 2019 Weekly Schedule:

TaijiFit™ Flow
M 10:25-11:05AM, W 7:30-8:25PM & F 10:30-11:15AM: Fry YMCA-Naperville, IL (95TH St & Book Rd) (Studio 1)

TaijiFit™ Flow (LLC 5629) & VA CCN Tai Chi 4 Veterans-Life Long Learning Program    M 6:30-7:30PM & W 10AM-11:00AM: JJC-Romeoville, IL “North Campus” (Weber Rd & 135th Ave)
TaijiFit Flow is available for FREE to Veterans- Contact Brenda Large at (815)280-1504 or for Veteran enrollment information.  All other participants register online:  Phone: 815-280-1294 Fall 2019 Catalog Classes Runs M 9/09-F 12/06
Session 1- 9/09-10/04 T1 (Monday 6:30PM), T2 (Wednesday 10AM)
Session 2- 10/07-11/01 T3 (Canceled- Monday 6:30PM)  T4 (Wednesday 10AM)
Session 3- 11/04-12/06 T5 (Monday 6:30PM), T6 (Wednesday 10AM)
(JJC Closed- Nov. 11 & Nov. 27)

Meetup TaijiFit™  Flow AOA & VA CCN Tai Chi 4 Veterans 
TU & TH 10:00-11:00AM Ty Warner Park-Westmont, IL (Weather Dependent) RSVP
10:05AM Walk & Talk (Main Parking Lot-Flagpole)
10:30AM TaijFit Flow (Center Fountain)

Private Meetup-TaijiFit™ Flow & Yang Style 24 Form
TH 12:30-1:30PM Private Residence- Oakbrook, IL

Private Meetup-Yang Style 24 Form / 32 Sword Form
TH 4:00-5:00PM Center Fountain- Ty Warner Park-Westmont, IL

Private Class- TaijiFit™ Flow for Community Residents
TU 3:00-4:00PM & F 11:45AM-12:30PM Carillion Club-Naperville (95th St. & 248th Ave) (Clubhouse)

Free Morning TaijiFit™ Flow To Go w/ Dawn Nader
TH 8:00-8:30AM Central (6AM Pacific) Online
2 ways to play LIVE! Facebook Livestream- TaijiFit Community Connections Page. A Recording is shared to the Dawn Nader Certified TaijiFit Instructor Page. Zoom Room- Look for the Link! It’s the big green button on the home page. 1st-set up a free Zoom account:

Thank you for flowing through an amazing Summer with me. If questions arise, please reach out.


Dawn Nader
Certified TaijiFit Instructor
408-204-1229 (text only)
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Fall Reminders-

Hi there TaijiFit Family,
Just a few reminders for my participants online and throughout Chicagoland

Don’t Forget-Mark your calendar NOW! 


TaijiFit w/Dawn Nader 

TU 10/15

Thanksgiving Day

TH 11/28 & F 11/29

Winter Break

SA 12/21-SU 1/05

One additional note with regard to our outdoor meetups-
In this time of transition to cooler temperatures, please bring layers gloves and something to cover the ears. I am offering outside meetups in the park through October 31st and then we can reassess the situation for November. My home studio is our alternate location. If you would like confirmation please text or reach out through email.

Dawn Nader 
Certified TaijiFit Instructor 
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NEW! Coming Soon to Joliet Junior College-Main Campus Winter/Spring 2020- TaijiFit Flow and Free Tai Chi 4 Veterans VACCN Expanded Complimentary Care Program

Joliet Junior College System will offer TaijiFit Flow and our Free Tai Chi 4 Veterans VACCN Expanded Complimentary Care Program at their Main Campus for Winter/Spring 2020.

FREE Tai Chi 4 Veterans is a VA backed, fully funded, ongoing program. Your Community Care Network now includes service providers for Tai Chi! Please help me a spread the word.
Get your referral in Illinois starting December 9 for Will County and DuPage County!

M 6:30PM North Campus- Romeoville, IL

W 10AM North Campus- Romeoville, IL

NEW W 5:00PM Main Campus – Joliet, IL (Begins Winter/Spring 2020)

$49 per Session
Winter/Spring 2020- Session 1: Jan. 15-Feb. 5
Winter/Spring 2020- Session 2: Feb. 26-March 18
Winter/Spring 2020- Session 3: March 25-April 15
Winter/Spring 2020- Session 4: April 22-May 13

(Veterans attend for FREE w/ a referral from their Primary Care Physician at the VA. Veterans must contact Brenda Large to enroll in this class. Brenda will be asking for your referral number. Please bring the original referral with you to the 1st class and present it to Dawn. Brenda Large (815)280-1504

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Celebrating our Fry Family YMCA AOA Community & healthy lifestyle choices that create inner power, freedom and flow!

Oct. 1, 2019 Did you know—it’s Active Older Adult Day? We are celebrating our YMCA AOA Community & healthy lifestyle choices that create inner power, freedom and flow. My heart is thankful for those who choose to come and play each week with an open heart and mind. Pictured above is just a few of our wonderful Fry Family YMCA TaijiFit Participants!

Come and FLOW with us in Studio 1 ! (FLOW- Follow Love Over Worry) All are welcome. Participate in this mindful exercise from a seated or standing position. TaijiFit is a gentle way to exercise, a moving meditation, a sanctuary to heal & an ancient martial art. The goal in this movement experience is to improve the condition of the human body mind & spirit one exhale at a time. It is about noticing & reducing tension in the body-not creating more. Bring the body you have today and play. If you are breathing and smiling you know you are doing it right for you! It is a pleasure to introduce AOA Tai Chi to our communities in Chicagoland. It is a gift to observe participants discover their own ahh— one exhale at a time. TaijiFit w/ Dawn Nader- Real. Simple. Easy to Follow Tai Chi.

Unplug the noise. Connect to NOW.

TaijiFit w/ Dawn Nader @ Fry Family YMCA- Naperville, IL (95thSt. & Book Rd. ) Studio 1

M 10:25AM

W 7:30PM

F 10:30AM

#FryY #FryFamilyYMCA #MetroChicagoYMCA #TaijiFit #Flow #FeedYourHeart

Saying Goodbye & Thank You-

Saying Goodbye & thank you- As their time at the “River House” comes to a close-a new chapter begins. Master David-Dorian Ross and his student Dawn Nader say thank you as Dawn is invited to join her teacher as a student, under Grandmaster Chungliang (Al Huang)- Gold Beach, OR @ the Living Tao Foundation “River House” Lan Ting Institute Summer Seminarians August 2019

Teacher and Student Lifelong Learners Side By Side

Teacher and Student Side By Side-Lifelong Learning

Teacher and Student Side By Side-Lifelong Learning in Gold Beach, OR-August 2019 “River House” Lang Ting Institute Summer Seminarians Master David-Dorian Ross and his student Dawn Nader continue to deepen their foundation in Yang Style Tai Chi w/ Grand Master Chungliang (Al Huang) during the Living Tao Foundation’s 3 Week Lan Ting Institute Summer Seminarian Program.

CMAT 2019

Dawn makes her debut performance @ CMAT 2019 – California Martial Arts Tournament-Berkeley, CA- March 2019 Teacher, Master David-Dorian Ross and student, Dawn Nader take a moment to celebrate a personal goal achieved- “I won as soon as I stepped onto the mat with 3 very important people by my side and in my heart- teacher, Master David-Dorian Ross; husband, Mike Nader and my teacher who was there to welcome me as I took my 1st steps in this journey, Sifu David Chang of Wushu Central Martial Arts Academy-San Jose, CA. Sifu, although you were not able to attend in person, please know that to this day your love remains in my heart and keeps me moving forward toward new discoveries. This day marked the culmination of 15 years of personal growth that began with your encouragement. I am here today only because of the generosity & love of ALL of my teachers, training partners, family & community. With deepest gratitude and respect, I thank you.”