To Nourish your Body, Mind, and Spirit

Meditation & Yoga


Popular in Asia for thousands of years, Yoga incorporates advanced stretching and strengthening postures that loosen the body and quiet the mind. Yoga is a complete system for training the body, mind and spirit through breathing exercises, meditation, contemplation and reflection, in addition to the stretching postures.

Yoga is extremely useful for martial artists, tai chi students or athletes who need to increase their flexibility and reduce the chances of injury.

Many athletes and martial artists who try Yoga discover that the real value goes beyond the physical training, to the mental and spiritual well-being that arise from yoga practice.

The Phoenix and Dragon’s Approach to Yoga

We teach the postures and methods that have been practiced for centuries in the Shaolin and Taoist traditions of China. Many of the techniques we teach can be traced to the 1,500-year-old Shaolin Temple, a haven where yoga, meditation and martial arts merged in the common quest for self-cultivation and enlightenment. Extremely rare to find such instruction in such close proximity to Matthews NC and Indian Trail yoga taught at The Phoenix and Dragon can help your mind, body, and spirit achieve balance.

As part of the Mastery Program at The Phoenix and Dragon, you will find:

  • A complete system of yoga, tai chi and meditation for mental, physical and spiritual development

  • Authentic Yoga practice – not just stretching exercises


The body, mind, and spirit are one. The knowledge of this truth is within each of us, obscured by the world of illusion. Meditation helps us see through this illusion.

The Phoenix and Dragon’s Approach to Meditation

There are many techniques and methods of meditation. At The Phoenix and Dragon, Ch’an (Zen) and Taoist meditations are taught. Our meditation classes do not teach or preach religion. Students can be quite comfortable in their own religious beliefs, and still learn to meditate.

The ancient sages taught us that the mind cannot relax unless the body is relaxed. That is why we recommend Yoga and/or Tai Chi to complement your sitting meditation.

As part of the Mastery program at The Phoenix and Dragon you will find:

  • Expert guidance in a peaceful, quiet setting.

  • Classes suited for beginners as well as advanced practitioners.
  • Intensive workshops and retreats to deepen your practice.
  • Highly motivated students to practice your training with.


If you live in or near Waxhaw, Weddington or Matthews, NC, tai chi and kung fu classes at The Phoenix and Dragon will be easily accessible and convenient for you! 


The Phoenix and Dragon conducts classes on Monday evenings, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings for Introductory Program Students at the Weddington Activity Center.

Tai Chi Classes start at 6:45 pm, ending at 7:45 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, and 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays.

Kung Fu Classes start at 7:45 pm ending at 8:45 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, and 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays.

Mastery program classes are available for students continuing into the Mastery Program.

Our Class Offerings

Tai Chi

For several centuries, Chinese people have practiced the life-enhancing art of tai chi and the internal martial arts of pakua and hsing-i, and today millions more around the world are joining them in improving their overall health.

Tai chi is a unique form of “moving meditation” that calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit. Much of Tai chi is practiced slowly and gently, ideal for people of all ages and health conditions.

Though most people take up Tai chi for the tremendous health benefits, others are intrigued by the fact the style is actually a highly-effective martial art. Emphasis is placed on cultivating “chi,” or internal energy, as opposed to simply developing muscle mass and brute force. It is this focus on chi cultivation that makes Tai chi so highly effective for cultivating good health and for developing unparalleled martial arts skills.

The Phoenix and Dragon is one of the few modern schools that can teach pure Tai chi. Whether you choose this art for health or self-defense, or both, if you live near Weddington or Waxhaw tai chi classes are available to aid you in achieving more calm, peace, and overall serenity.

The Phoenix and Dragon is one of the few schools in the Weddington and Waxhaw area to offer rare classes in authentic Pakua. Master Eric Sbarge also studied Pakua with Master Park Bok Nam, an internationally renowned pakua teacher who is the top disciple of the late Lu Shui Tian.

If you are taking Tai chi for health and stress reduction, pakua, with its sophisticated breathing, chi kung and circle walking, is a perfect complement to it. If you are interested in cultivating high-level fighting skills, you’ll benefit greatly from the speed and efficiency of pakua regardless of which style you now take.

If you want to understand the depths of Taoist philosophy, pakua represents the essence of it.


Hsing-I is based on the 5 elements: metal, water, wood, fire and earth. In this art form one goes directly into the opponent to attack, and comes out from the attack on guard. Even though hsing-i looks like an external art, it is an internal art. Many call it ‘The Bridge Art’ because it is on the line between an external and internal style.


Although not as well known as Tai chi, Pakua is an equally effective internal art, focusing on circular movements and methods of meditation and qigong and is a perfect complement to Tai chi training. Much of Pakua is practiced slowly and gently, making both styles ideal for people of all ages and health conditions.


Great Grandmaster Chang Tung Sheng demonstrates a Hsing-I Chuan form.

Kung Fu

More than 1500 years ago, the Shaolin monks in China began studying martial arts as part of a lifelong journey towards enlightenment. Recognizing that body, mind and spirit are inseparable, they embarked on three pillars of training. This training included martial arts and qigong to strengthen the body, meditation to clear the mind, and spiritual inquiry to answer the deepest questions of the soul.

At The Phoenix and Dragon we adhere to the traditional “three pillar” approach, teaching authentic lineage kungfu styles. The journey is a demanding one requiring self-discipline and dedication, but the rewards are always worth the effort.

Originating in the Shaolin Temple in China over 1500 years ago, Shaolin kungfu is perhaps the most comprehensive of all martial arts. Often referred to as the “grand daddy” of Asian martial arts, Shaolin has influenced the development of much later arts such as Japanese karate and Korean tae kwon do. Kungfu offers you great health and fitness, superb fighting skills, and it can be beautiful and exciting to watch, as in the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”


Tai Chi  6:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m. (Mastery class ends at 8:05)

 --Tai Chi 6:45 p.m.-7:45p.m.(Mastery class ends at 8:05)

-Tai Chi and Kung Fu classes from 9:00am to 10:00 am Mastery class ends at 10:20 am
Kung Fu 7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m. (Mastery class ends at 9:00)

Kung Fu 7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m.

(Mastery class ends at 9:00)