Meet Your Instructor–
My name is Dawn Nader; you can find me playing and falling in love with the moment in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, IL. For more than 15-years, I have been a proponent of mindful movement and moving mediation for wellness. I dedicate my time to introducing communities to Tai Chi using the TaijiFit™ Method.
I have degree in elementary education from St. Cloud State University, specializing in early-childhood education. I have been married to my junior-high sweetheart for more than 25 years and I am the mother of 2 college age boys.
In my spare time, I enjoy spontaneous pack howls (with my beagles), digging in the dirt (aka gardening), and music (including singing by myself in cars and bathrooms). In addition, my husband and I have started to play and explore Brazilian Ju Jitsu.
In 2004, I was introduced to Wushu (Contemporary Kung Fu) and quickly gravitated towards Tai Chi.
Moving beyond a forms-based approach, I continue to build upon this foundation as an indoor-student and protégée of Master David-Dorian Ross, and invited student of Grand Master Chungliang (Al) Huang. Together, we explore Classical Tai Chi philosophy, essential principles, energy flow, and teaching methodology.
I bring to participants 15+ years of experience as a student and instructor in Wushu, Yang Style Tai Chi & Straight Sword. Highlights include:
- Black Belt in Wushu
- 200 Hour and 500 Hour Certification for the TaijiFit™ Method
- 1600+ hours Private training and continuing education in Classical Tai Chi and the TaijiFit™ Method
- Private training w/ AMSAT Certified Jeremy Cohn-Freedom In Motion-Alexander Technique Chicago
My journey towards wellness through the Chinese Martial Arts provides a unique perspective on using mindful movement as an exercise to empower the mind, strengthen the body, boost the immune system, and improve the condition of the human spirit.
Beginning Spring 2020-I will begin a new role as National Trainer for TaijiFit™ International facilitating the TaijiFit™ instructor training weekend workshops across the United States on behalf of Master David-Dorian Ross.
My why? – FLOW. Feeling Love Over Worry.
The outcome I desire? – Feeling at EASE in the moment. Feeling at EASE in my body.
My biggest aha-moment in my Tai Chi journey? – Being able to answer, “At this moment, how do I feel?”
I bring to my participants a heart full of love; a heart that smiles when it feels love over worry. In the TaijiFit™ Method we call it FLOW. This place of ease is the center of my practice. I want each person I meet to take with them the gift my teachers have given to me.
Fry Family YMCA-Naperville, IL (95 St. & Book Rd) M 10:25AM, W 7:30PM, F 10:30AM
Joliet Junior College Main Campus -Joliet, IL W 5PM
Joliet Junior College North Campus -Romeoville, IL M 6:30PM, W 10AM
Carillion Club Active Living Community-Naperville, IL TU 3PM, F 12PM
Home Studio Meetup Groups-Clarendon Hills, IL TU/TH 10AM TaijiFit-Flow, TH 9AM Yang Style 24 / 32 Forms
Free Morning Flow to Go-Online TH 6AM Pacific / 8AM Central
Winter/Spring 2020 Calendar: M Jan. 6th-F June 5th:
Week 1- Begins M 1/06
Week 2- Begins M 1/13
Week 3- Begins M 1/20
Week 4- Begins M 1/27
Week 5- Begins M 2/03
No Classes / No Meetups- Weeks of M 2/10 & M 12/17 NOT AVAILABLE Feb. 8-23 GoldBeach, OR
Week 6- Begins M 2/24
Week 7- Begins M 3/02
Week 8- Begins M 3/09
Week 10- Begins M 3/23
Week 11- Begins M 3/30
Week 12- Begins M 4/06
Week 13- Begins M 4/13
Week 14- Begins M 4/20
Week 15- Begins M 4/27
Week 16- Begins M 5/04
Week 17- Begins M 5/11
Week 18- Begins M 5/18 (Joliet Junior College- No Classes Weeks of M 5/18 & M 5/25 )
No Classes / No Meetups- Weeks of M 5/25 & M 6/01 NOT AVAILABLE May 23-31 U of I Urbana, IL
Weekend Workshops Coming Up-
Feb. 8-9 San Antonio, TX TF Weekend Workshop w/ David-Dorian
Mar. 21-22 Coatesville, Pennsylvania TF Weekend Workshop w/ David-Dorian
Apr. 18-19 Clyde, NC TF Weekend Workshop w/ David-Dorian
May 09-10 Bellefonte, Pennsylvania TF Weekend Workshop w/ David-Dorian
Jun. 27-28 Omaha, Nebraska TF Weekend Workshop w/ David-Dorian