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Life in Balance

Release the tension. Quiet the mind. Ease your emotions.
Live from your center.

Create space for your spirit to thrive

Have you felt this way:

  • your job or to-do list is the center of your life
  • you have no feeling of purpose or that you've lost a lot of the joy you used to feel
  • your spark and curiosity are missing
  • you feel over or under emotional and have a lack of emotional connection
  • you feel chronic tension in places and flaccidity in others
  • you are tired, irritated, and done

I felt all of this. 

And you can read more of my story here

But even better, I'd love you to try the practice of Taiji and see if you notice your own shift.

Here's how this practice drops you right into the center of your life. Try this movement with me. Notice the subtle shift that takes place. If you can do it in this short video, you can do it in the rest of your life.

Upcoming Classes and Courses

A meaningful practice goes beyond the physical movement. You have to be moved in every way - physical, emotional and mental - in order for your spirit to thrive. Join me and connect to your own inner quiet and wisdom that comes from the full depth of a mindful movement practice.

Upcoming Virtual Qigong Class

Qigong is a powerful, simple movement practice like yoga and taiji but focuses solely on feeling content in your heart, mind, and body by getting energy moving fluidly.

Qigong balances out what is stuck and what is untethered in life by teaching us to build keen awareness of what makes us sticky! A busy mind? An aching heart? An inability to let go? Running after the next shiny object? Learn how saving, expending, hoarding, and wasting energy affects balance in life. Find what helps balance yours.

We will explore 8 simple movements, relatable acupressure points to use, and breathing techniques, all of which will guide you to feeling freer in your body and in your life.

11a-12p EST

Register and you'll receive the zoom link via email!


Virtual Tai Chi Classes

Join me and explore the full Guang Ping Yang Taijiquan form! These are easy 30-minute drop-in classes every Wednesday and Friday.

For students who have learned Taiji 64, this is an exploration beyond the movements. Sense qi, settle the nervous system, relieve stiffness and stagnation in the body and watch it release in relationships, at work, and at home. This is the work that will open places of deep holding, and create freedom and access to joy. And as you find peace and balance in difficult postures you will begin to live those practices feeling ease and contentment in everyday life.

Wednesdays; Fridays
12:30-1:00 EST 

This practice is virtual.

Register and you'll receive the zoom link via email.


Taiji For Balance MasterClass

It's time again for a MasterClass for certified instructors of Taiji For Balance! Ready to join me?

Because there are certified instructors in all areas, this will not be in-person but will be virtual. We will be going over footwork, balance issues, and reviewing postures and principles.

I'll be showing modifications for people with moderate to severe movement limitations and reviewing seated Taiji For Balance.

But I'll also be answering questions that simply come up in classrooms for which you may unsure of the answers!

You'll feel settled and strong in your capacity to lead your groups and guide them to feel stronger on their feet!

Sunday, February 19th
2-4:30 pm EST

Upcoming Workshops

Save Your Knees! The Qua Workshop

Learn to bring ease to your knees when practicing taiji!
Many of us use our knees to glide into postures. Some of us step out too far and put a tremendous amount of pressure on the knees when transitioning from one pose to the next. Some simply force their body to go too low into postures stressing this hinge joint.
In this workshop, you'll learn how to move differently in the form to save your knees.
Learn More!

The 5 Elements - Informing Your Practice and Your Life

What do the Qigong postures you practice really mean? What are you doing for your body, organs, qi flow? How does this affect your emotional and mental health?  Why am I susceptible to lung, digestion, headaches, joint, or heart issues - just to name a few?


Explore these questions and answers from the ancient philosophy of the Five Elements. 


Learn More!

Understanding Acupressure

We use acupressure a lot in our classes - especially in Qigong. Sometimes the constraints of classroom time leave a lot of room for questions, but no time for answers!

Now is a good time for answers!

This workshop will go over the 12 meridians, 8 vessels, 4 gates, and lay the groundwork for understanding the basics of acupressure and the qi channels where they live.


Learn More!


I am now able to offer a monthly membership to all of my online courses!

Try it for free for 30 days! You won't be charged unless you stay with us.

With a monthly membership you'll have 24/7 access to Taiji For Balance - Levels 1 and 2; Baduanjin Qigong; Meditation, Select Workshops Recordings, and future courses! 



The work we do to transform our lives cannot be done alone in isolation. We are rich resources that can learn, rely and share with each other. This is what the SWL Community is all about.

This is a free-access online place to explore taiji (Tai Chi), qigong, meditation, and a special place for teachers.

I hope you join me there.



Are you interested in teaching Taiji to help people with their balance?

I will be offering a Taiji For Balance certification course this spring/summer to qualified individuals.

What makes you qualified? Practicing Taiji For Balance!

There are two ways to become familiar with the form: 1. Start my online membership the first month is free) and begin practicing Taiji For Balance 2. Begin taking in-person classes with a certified instructor.

In person classes can be taken with any certified instructor. If you are in Columbus I can recommend Lori Boldman who is currently teaching at The Ohio State University. There are other classes being taught around the city and you are welcome to email me to receive the list by location. If you are a teacher and would like your class listed, please send me your information!

You cannot become certified unless you have learned the form.


My name is Lucy. And over 25 years ago, Taiji saved my life.

It shifted my perspective and brought awareness, clarity, and love. I am forever grateful.

I now teach these practices to anyone longing for genuine openness, ease, and a fulfilling life.

My guided meditations, easy to follow videos, understandable philosophy will gently shift you away from anger and guilt, releasing behavior that no longer serves you.

Taiji For Balance: Learn More

“Lucy Bartimole changed my life. I initially came to Shift to work with Lucy for the physical benefits of tai chi, specifically balance and strength - both of which have increased over the past 3 years. However, along the way, I really began to learn and appreciate the other aspects of tai chi, specifically the mental and emotional aspects of tai chi. Learning how to pay attention to my breathing and listening my body has brought me mindfulness, an ability to choose to react (or not), and a sense of peace and connectedness to the world.”

-Mary Jo Burkhardt

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Try this quick video

Tell us where to send the link and then try this gentle movement during a quiet moment you carve out for yourself.