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CMAT 27 2019

Dawn makes her debut performance @ CMAT 27 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.”

TU/TH 6AM Free Morning TaijiFit Flow-To-Go w/DawnNader Online TU 8/27/19

Hey there! Looks like it is working. Here’s another flow-to-go! Play live you need a free Zoom account visit to set up your free account. Once your account is set up visit us at and click on the big green button in the middle of our home page! The button drops you into the zoom!

You can also play along w/me live via Facebook TaijiFit Community Connections Page-every flow will be live-streamed and available for replay on that page and my page Dawn Nader Certified TaijiFit Instructor! Head on over and give my page a like!

TU/TH Online 6AM Pacific Free Morning Flow TH 8/29/19

Hello friends-

Many of you would love more ways to flow with me throughout the week. I offer free morning flow each week online from the comfort of your home. It is Live-streamed from our TaijiFit Community Connections Page and it is share to my page-Dawn Nader Certified TaijiFit Instructor. Let’s see if this works. I know many of my participants don’t do Facebook. Maybe we can connect this way so you can replay the live-streams with out a Facebook account. Wish me luck! Click on the link and it should bring up my livestream from this morning.

FLOW w/ Dawn Nader TaijiFit™ this Summer! Here’s what you need to know for Summer 2019!

Hello TaijiFit™ Family-It’s Summer in the Western Suburbs of Chicago! Here’s what you need to FLOW w/ Dawn Nader this Summer:

1st-Spring 2019 Calendar Ends
Last Week Begins M 6/10

2nd-Summer 2019 Calendar!
First Week Begins M 6/17
Last Week Begins M 9/09
8 Weeks of Meetups & Classes!

3rd-No Meetups & Classes on these dates!

*M 6/24 TU 6/25 *W 6/26 TH 6/27 F 6/28
M 7/01 TU 7/02 W 7/03 TH 7/04 F 7/05
*Only Joliet Junior College will meet

TH 8/01 F 8/02 M 8/05 TU 8/06 W 8/07 TH 8/08 F 8/09
M 8/12 TU 8/13 W 8/14 TH 8/15 F 8/16

M 9/02 TU 9/03 W 9/04 TH 9/05 F 9/06 M 9/09

4th-All ideas are welcomed! Looking for NEW venues starting Fall/Winter 2019 to host FREE TaijiFit Classes for our Veterans. If you already host TaijiFit™ that’s wonderful! Let’s add a class for our Veterans!

5th-Here’s where to find Dawn Nader this Summer in the Western Suburbs of Chicago! Take a look & tell a friend!

TaijiFit™ @ Fry YMCA (South Naperville-95th St / Book Rd.)
M 10:25 – 11:05 AM
F 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Summer Schedule Change-No TaijiFit™ Class W 7:30PM

NEW! TaijiFit™ @ Joliet Junior College- Romeoville Campus
M 6:30 – 7:30 PM
W 10:00 – 11:00 AM
TaijiFit™ Flow (LLC 5629) Lifelong Learning Class
Ways to register:
Online: Click on Register Today
Phone: 815-280-1294
Summer 1: June 3 – June 26
Summer 2: July 8 – July 31

Public TaijiFit™ Weekly Meetup Group-*Westmont, IL -Ty Warner Park / Clarendon Hills- Dawn’s Home Studio
Contact Dawn Nader directly to join us
TU / TH 10:00 – 11:00 AM
W 4:00 – 5:00 PM Yang Style 24 Form & 32 Sword Form
*Outside Meetups are weather dependent. Back up location is Dawn’s Home Studio

Private TaijiFit™ Weekly Meetup Group (Summer)-Private Residence, Lombard, IL
TH 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Private TaijiFit™ Classes-Carillon Club Adult Gated Community (Club House-South Naperville-95th St. /248th Ave. )
TU 3:00 – 3:45 PM
F 11:45 – 12:30 PM

Spring Break Begins Friday!

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Hey there TaijiFit Chicagoland-

Don’t forget-We’re about to go into our Spring Break.
If you take classes w/ Dawn, please take a moment to mark your calendar.

NO CLASSES – F 3/22 & the week of M 3/25

YES, WE WILL HAVE CLASSES – M 4/01 TU 4/02 & W 4/03

NO CLASSES-TH 4/04 F 4/05 & M 4/08

Personal Power

Good Morning-

I woke up and found this essay waiting for me. Just a gentle reminder from the universe to keep going! 🤩Shine bright!  Stand in the moment with the ability to be fully present. Own the emotions. Own the space. Own the moment.  With clarity of heart and mind let your energy flow…let that inner smile shine through.


Power is not about exerting our will over others, it is about being in complete truth with yourself.

Many of us do not understand what personal power means. We have been given the false notion that power is bad–that it is something we use to exert our will upon others.

In fact, when our personal power is intact, we are neither overbearing nor meek. We have a clear sense of our strength and the impact we can have on others. This actually enables us to be more sensitive. Personal power is what permits us to work on behalf of our dreams and desires. It allows us to realize that we are worthy and deserve to be heard.

In addition, our personal power lets us extend the respect we know that we deserve to the people around us. There is no reason to be afraid or ashamed of fully owning your power.

In the chakra system, the solar plexus is the seat of personal power. One way to evaluate your sense of power is to breathe into this part of the body. If it feels tight or nervous, it is an indication that you may not be fully expressing your power. You can heal this imbalance by expanding the area of the solar plexus with your breath. You can also visualize a bright yellow sun in this part of your body. Allow its heat to melt any tension, and let its light dissolve any darkness or heaviness. Repeating this exercise on a regular basis can restore and rejuvenate your sense of power.

Another way to nurture your personal power is to honor your dreams and desires by making concrete plans to manifest them in the world. Start by making a list of things you want, and let yourself think big. Choose one goal from the list and commit to bringing it to fruition. In addition, break the goal into tasks that you can work on each day. Know that you deserve to have your dreams come true and that you have the power to bring them into being.

Groundhog, Polar Vortex & Winter Updates…Oh my!

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Hello TaijiFit Community in Chicagoland-

If the weather had you looking for your ruby red slippers while chanting -there’s no place like home…there’s no place like home…there’s no place like home…you were not alone-especially this week!
With the cancellation of classes this week, let me just begin by saying thank you for going with the flow. Your patience and understanding has been appreciated as Mother Nature does the temperature tango. It is time to toss this lady a rose and get her a new partner to dance with. I heard a groundhog would like the next dance. Yes. Today is Feb. 2nd. Can you believe it? Today is Groundhog’s Day and Phil did not see his shadow! Perhaps Phil could set his gaze upon this chilly lady-take her for a lovely spin around the dance floor and warm things up-waltz right into an early Spring this year!

Quick Reminders-
We are currently in the middle of our Winter Calendar .
Spring Calendar will be released the last week in February.
Spring Calendar-Week 1 Begins M 3/11.

Schedule Changes- – Studio TaijiFit On-line Live Classes and On-Demand Recorded Classes!
Enjoy class with Dawn from the comfort of your home, office or hotel room!
TH 6AM Pacific TaijiFit to Go-FREE Morning Flow On-line 15 Mins of Movement & 10 Mins of Positivity to get your day started!
TU 4PM Pacific Fire Fusion Beginning in February this weekly class has a new time and name!
TU 9:30AM Pacific Flow Fusion will now have the flexibility to offer all of our TaijiFit Fusion Formats:
Iron Fusion, Bamboo Fusion & Fire Fusion!

Welcome to our newest TaijiFit participants-
Carillion Club 55+ Active Adult Community-Naperville, IL South Naperville-95th St. & 248th Ave.
Participants in our 3 NEW Weekly Classes!
TU 2PM Central TaijiFit 24 Form (Development of Beginning Tai Chi Fundamentals & Instruction for the most popular Tai Chi Form in the world! )
TU 3PM Central TaijiFit Flow (Continuous Movement Experience for the Group Fitness Setting)
F 11:45AM-12:30PM Central TaijiFit Flow (Continuous Movement Experience for the Group Fitness Setting)

Fry Family YMCA- Naperville, IL
Participants in the NEW Wed. Evening Class!
W 7:30-8:25PM Central TaijiFit Flow (Continuous Movement Experience for the Group Fitness Setting)

AAUW American Association of University Women-Naperville, IL Chapter
Participants of the January 12th, 2 Hour Mini Workshop w/ Dawn at the Naperville Municipal Center- An Introduction to Tai Chi through TaijiFit

Joliet Junior College-Romeoville Campus is currently in the process of scheduling a demo class for the JCC instructors and staff in February!

Shout Outs-
The seeds of TaijiFit continue to be planted in communities across Chicagoland and are now taking root. As word continues to spread, growth is anticipated this Spring with excitement!
Thank you to Metro-Chicago YMCA’s Fry Y Participants-Ms. Miller Chow, Norma and Mitch Okada and Mike Nishimura-Fitness Director at Fry Y for connecting TaijiFit to these amazing communities!


I do not live in the Carillion Club Gated Community. May I attend classes at that location?
Currently, the classes at the Carillion Club are not open to public participation. You must live in the community or be a guest of a community member.
If you are interested in Tai Chi, please look into the weekly TaijiFit offerings at the Metro Chicago YMCA’s in Naperville or Dawn’s Weekly TU/TH Meetup Group in Clarendon Hills, IL.

Fry Family Y-South Naperville-95th Street & Book Rd.
M 10:25-11:05AM Central TaijiFit Flow (Continuous Movement Experience for the Group Fitness Setting)
W 7:30-8:25PM Central TaijiFit Flow (Continuous Movement Experience for the Group Fitness Setting)
F 10:30-11:15AM Central TaijiFit 24 Form (Development of Beginning Tai Chi Fundamentals & Instruction for the most popular Tai Chi Form in the world! )

Kroehler Family Y-Downtown Naperville-37 S. Washington St.
F 8:45-9:30AM Central TaijiFit Flow (Continuous Movement Experience for the Group Fitness Setting)

Weekly Meetup Group-Dawn’s Home Studio-Clarendon Hills, IL (Winter) & Ty Warner Park-Westmont, IL (Spring, Summer, Fall)
TU/TH 10:00-11:00AM Central Time

My schedule is not consistent due to travel. May I still participate in the TU / TH Meetup Group when I am in town?
Yes, you are always welcome to join us for our TU/TH 10AM TaijiFit Meetup Group.
That is the beauty of TaijiFit! Come as often as your schedule allows and never get behind. Enjoy a movement experience that is stress free and flexible enough to meet your individual needs. Bring the body you have today and let’s fall in love with the moment we are in. Currently, our group is gathering at Dawn’s Home Studio in Clarendon Hills, IL. It’s just like a weekly book club for people who want a gentle way to exercise and are interested in exploring basic movements found in Yang Style Tai Chi & Qigong through the concept of FLOW.
Participants have agreed to donate/contribute $5 per Meetup (Pay As You Go) to defray a small portion of the costs associated with hosting the weekly meetups. If your attendance is not consistent from week to week, please let me know you are coming the night before-you can email or text.

Coming Soon-
As the weather becomes favorable the TU/TH 10 AM TaijiFit Meetup Group will begin to meet at Ty Warner Park in Westmont, IL!
Located 2 Blks. N. Of of Ogden on Plaza Dr. / Between Cass Ave. & Blackhawk Dr. Dawn will send out an email by 9AM to let you know ONLY when we are meeting at the park. You are always welcome to email or text the morning of to confirm the location. When we meet at the park here’s what you can expect: Participants Arrive by 10 AM – Gather towards the Flag Pole at the MAIN ENTRANCE parking lot located on Plaza Dr. Walking around the perimeter of the park begins by 10:05 AM. If you love to walk and would like to get more steps in please let me know- some of our participants choose to arrive early to start walking before everyone arrives at 10 AM. TaijiFit begins at 10:30 AM at the fountain in the CENTER of the park. Please let me know if you will be joining us for walking or just TaijiFit-we don’t want to leave the parking lot w/o you! You always have the option to skip the walk and go to the fountain for meditation or quiet conversation.

I look forward to flowing with you soon. Bring a friend!

Best Regards,

Dawn Nader (email)
408-204-1229 (Texts Only-Let me know who you are when you text me the first time.) (website)
Dawn Nader Certified TaijiFit Instructor (Facebook)

Peace starts within us – we cannot bring to the world what we do not have to offer.

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The essay that follows found its way to me this week and I have found a moment today to read, reflect and practice- just the perfect whisper that the peace I desire in my daily interactions begins from within me.

To my husband Mike, my boys and to all who share part of their week with me to experience movement through Tai Chi.
Deepest gratitude to you for this time to learn and grow with my teacher and his loving family. I am ready to move my body and fall in love with the moment. From the moment I step out of my house today, I step out of my comfort zone and begin to play with energy inside and all around me. So many opportunities to neutralize the internal and external story that plays in my mind while staying present in the moment. With my why/goal-to receive the love of others and feel the presence of balance and harmony in the moment. My teacher will nurture my ability to change my center, to change my story so I can see the possibilities to move closer vs. farther away from balance & harmony. This time to be with my teacher is an amazing gift. An opportunity for me to turn my focus toward the abundance of love in and around me and begin to function from a place of love for others, love for myself and love for my calling. To open my heart to others without hesitation, fear, doubt, worry or regret. Tai Chi-The Grand Ultimate, meaning Balance and Harmony. Solo-Forms in Tai Chi develop the art of knowing yourself. 2 Person interactions in Tai Chi develop the art of knowing others. Kung Fu is high level or meritorious work. Kung Fu like Tai Chi is everywhere and in everything we do. There are so many ways throughout your week to refocus your intentions so you can cultivate energy that is rich in love and light. My invitation to you is to take time doing something just for you-time to renew and fill your heart as you move into a new year of abundant possibilities-Happy New Year!

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Peace starts within us – we cannot bring to the world what we do not have to offer.

Often we look at the outside world and find it in a state of seeming chaos or disorder. We feel compelled to transform the situation from one of turmoil into one of peace, yet we are often disappointed in our best attempts to do so. One reason for this is that we cannot bring to the world what we do not have to offer. Peace starts in our own minds and hearts, not outside of ourselves, and until its roots are firmly entrenched in our own selves, we cannot manifest it externally. Once we have found it within, we can share it with our family, our community, and the whole wide world. Some of us may already be doing just that, but for most of us, the first step is looking within and honestly evaluating the state of our own relationship to peacefulness.

Interestingly, people who manifest peace internally are not different from us; they have chattering thoughts and troubled emotions like we all do. The difference is that they do not lend their energy to them, so those thoughts and feelings can simply rise and fall like the waves of the ocean without disturbing the deeper waters of peacefulness within. We all have this ability to choose how we distribute our energy, and practice enables us to grow increasingly more serene as we choose the vibration of peace over the vibration of conflict. We begin to see our thoughts and feelings as tiny objects on the surface of our being that pose no threat to the deep interior stillness that is the source of peacefulness.

When we find that we are able to locate ourselves more and more in the deeper waters and less on the tumultuous surface of our being, we have discovered a lasting relationship with peace that will enable us to inspire peace beyond ourselves. Until then, we help the world most by practicing the art of choosing peace within.

To Michael Nader & David-Dorian Ross from my heart to yours thank you.
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