Tai Chi for Seniors

Movement Improvement Tai Chi and Qigong

Our “Movement Improvement Tai Chi and Qi Gong” is a specially designed program for Seniors of all activity levels AND for those with special circumstances, such as Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, balance issues and so forth.  Movement Improvement Tai Chi was designed by Cate Morrill, director of Rising Phoenix T’ai Chi, to help the elderly regain mobility, energize their spirit and reduce the risk of falling.  This program is endorsed by doctors, nurses, physical therapists and many others in the Senior Health Care field. These exercises can be performed standing or seated.  Whether for robust, active seniors, or those more frail and sedentary, those living with Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc., our programs bring out the best!  Movements are designed and instructed for all levels of ability, and taught at a pace all can follow.  We emphasize moves to loosen the major muscle groups, provide full rotation of the joints, and create balance and stability. And it’s fun!

Class Registration

Open Enrollment

Wednesdays 10:30am – 12pm

“Movement Improvement Tai Chi” has open enrollment. New students can start ANYTIME with one free try-out.  Students can then purchase an 8 class card. Try your FREE CLASS Now!!

About Our Class

T’ai Chi  and Qi Gong are systems of exercise developed long ago, T’ai Chi first as a martial art, now often practiced to improve health. Continued practice helps to increase strength, flexibility, and cardio-vascular endurance, to improve balance, breath control, and mental focus and functioning, to reduce stress and lower blood pressure, to help reduce symptoms associated with arthritis, to help prevent osteoporosis, and to improve general health.

What to wear, how to prepare

Wear loose clothing that allows free movement of arms and legs, often, a layered approach is convenient. For footwear, soft-soled, flat shoes that allow movement at the ankle are preferred. Socks or barefoot is also acceptable, based on the students needs, and the flooring. Feel free to ask the instructor at any time for clarification, more information, or for a specific issue, how to adapt the movements to fit your needs!

What results should the student expect?

Everyone’s experience will be unique, but, generally, if the student is dedicated and practices well, some benefits listed above can often be noticed after just a few practices. Of course, the more a student attends classes and practices, the more benefits he or she receives!              TO YOUR HEALTH!

What is the student’s part?

There should be dedication on the part of the student to attend class, to pay attention, ask questions as they arise and to practice, even for just minutes a day. The student should only move his/her body just to the point of resistance, that is to say never beyond what feels good. The experience should be fun and energizing!

Cate Morrill

Creator of “Movement Improvement Tai Chi”


Cate Morrill is a T’ai Chi teacher who began her training in 1988, and has been teaching since 1995. As the director of Rising Phoenix T’ai Chi and the president of Shoulders Down, Inc., Cate spends her days teaching in her studio and all around Atlanta, and across the country.  She is involved with teaching the PT Doctoral candidates at Emory University how to use T’ai Chi and Qi Gong in their physical therapy practice, and was filmed in 2009 for a CNN Healthminute on T’ai Chi. She has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Emory Universtiy, her work is taught at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, and she has traveled around the country to teach students, to teach teachers, and to speak on T’ai Chi benefits. She has been the instructor on three NIH T’ai Chi grants, and has taught populations such as the office employees at Coca Cola World Headquarters, the clients at Meadowbrook Head Injury Institute, the staff and clients of the Center for the Visually Impaired, the staff at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, senior citizens and, of course, strong, physically well and challenged “everyday” people–singers, songwriters, artists, teachers, moms, dads and their children.

She is a Certified Wu Dang T’ai Chi/Qi Gong Instructor (Wu Dang is the mountain temple where T’ai Chi originated and whose training was made famous by the movie, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), and she has completed External Qi Healer training (energy balancing).  She has created audiotapes for the visually impaired and  videos on T’ai Chi, one for Seniors and those who need a gentle and simple exercise program, Movement Improvement T’ai Chi R, and one of them for Parkinson’s patients, sponsored by an international company, and has completed two series of television shows on AIBTV in Atlanta. She has appeared on WABC-TV in New York, and on more than 24 TV stations across the country live or by video, such as on a Public Television program discussing T’ai Chi’s benefits, as well as on “Healthwatch with Marc Pickard,” a program of Atlanta local television station WXIA.  Cate is the first named source on an article on Arthritis and T’ai Chi on WebMD, ( link below) and was a guest speaker at the American Physical Therapy Association pre-conference seminar in 2005. Her work was featured in an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (link below) and she has trained physical therapists, doctors, nurses, t’ai chi teachers, yoga teachers and others around the country to teach her “Movement Improvement–T’ai Chi for Balance and Mobility” program.   She speaks as requested to health care practitioners at seminars and workshops.

By practicing the internal martial arts of T’ai Chi, Qi Gong, Ba Gua and T’ai Chi Sword and studying anatomy, physiology, nutrition and exercise science, Cate brings a broad spectrum of knowledge and information to her classes. She has published articles on T’ai Chi and Qi Gong , and is writing a book, tentatively titled, “Shoulders Down—the Basics of T’ai Chi to Help You Enhance Your Everyday Life, Every Day”. The enthusiasm Cate brings to her classes is sincere and contagious. She welcomes all ages, body types and levels of ability. She believes deeply in the individual’s ability and responsibility to create health, inner peace and abounding joy! Through laughter, silence, demonstration and example, she shares her knowledge of body movement and energy work freely. To contact Cate directly, please click here, thank you!

What our students say about our classes…

-I love it, it’s easy to follow, and I can go at my own pace.

-My arthritis symptoms have improved, I can move around more freely!

-I sleep better, so much better.

-My knees are stronger than ever, helps with my other exercises, like walking and dancing!  I love it!

-It has helped me so much with reducing stress, it gives me a way of letting go!

-It relaxes me, but it also gives me energy.  How does it do that?!

-I didn’t think I could learn anything new, but it’s easy, and I love it!

-My restless leg syndrome has almost stopped completely!

-My back feels better, and my balance is better.

-The highlight of my week is this class!

-My shoulder hurt this morning, I did the T’ai Chi work and all was well.

10 Class Card


Purchase your 10 class card here. Unused classes expire after 6 months.

$120 for 10 classes

The Instructor

What is the Instructor’s Part?

There is dedication on the part of our teachers to provide clear instruction, demonstration and information, to answer questions, to create an enjoyable atmosphere in which learning can take place, to share all of his or her knowledge about T’ai Chi and Qi Gong, to encourage the practice of this exercise system that is healthful for the mind and body. Classes are taught in an easy, relaxed manner and accommodations are made for each individual’s needs.

Carol Issa

Certified Movement Improvement T’ai Chi Instructor Level One

 Carol has been studying T’ai Chi and Qi Gong since 2007. Under the instruction of Michael Issa of Kaikudo Martial Arts Academy and Cate Morrill of Rising Phoenix T’ai Chi of Atlanta, certified instructors under our T’ai Chi Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Master Chen), she has learned the Yang forms of 10 and 24, as well as many sets of Qi Gong. She has also attended Master Chen’s seminars and classes for many years.  She has learned and practiced the Wudang forms of 13, 28, 52, Square Foot and various Qi Gongs.


In 2014, Carol was invited to train in our Movement Improvement T’ai Chi program. Her intensive training has included many hours of classroom experience, primarily under Harvey Meisner, and she has taught strong and frail seniors, those with Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis, and assisted in classes for those with cancer.

Carol is a retired school teacher who brings a passion and enthusiasm for teaching and assisting others in the learning process, and now, in learning and discovering the many healing benefits of T’ai Chi and Qi Gong that she has found so helpful in her own life.  She has come to realize that the practice of T’ai Chi is a journey of healing at all levels. Her desire is to guide others in learning the gentle, but powerful movements that help create well-being in both body and mind. Her gentle spirit and joyful attitude endear her to her many engaged students! We are happy that Carol is teaching with us!