Join Shirley Chock, aka "The Stressbender," in an hour of stress-relieving Tai Chi on the New Haven Green! New to the form? No problem! Shirley will share solo demonstrations and teach some mini-classes so participants can move along with her. All ages and levels are welcome in this family-friendly class that brings generations together to move and exhale. No equipment required.
Tai Chi with The Stressbender
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Shirley Chock, known as "The Stressbender," is a Tai Chi expert and owner of Aiping Tai Chi. With a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Chicago, she combines her financial acumen with her mastery of Tai Chi. She is the former U.S. Women’s National Champion for Tai Chi as well as the former Working Mother Magazine’s Working Mother of the Year. Shirley's career in finance flourished as she discovered that Tai Chi was her secret weapon in managing workplace stress and achieving success in senior leadership positions. Taking over Aiping Tai Chi in 2017, she has transformed it into an internationally recognized brand, reaching all seven continents including Antarctica. As the driving force behind the @aipingtaichi social platform, Shirley has cultivated one of the fastest-growing internal martial arts communities on Instagram and TikTok with over 200K followers and multiple videos that have reached millions of views. Her expertise in Tai Chi and stress management has made her a sought-after resource for local and national media. Her YouTube channel was recommended by the New York Times and she was featured by BuzzFeed, LADbible, Well + Good, as well as local television and media.In recognition of her influence, New Haven Business Magazine included Shirley Chock in their esteemed Power 25 Class of 2023, acknowledging her as one of the 25 most influential individuals in the New Haven, CT region.