"Soul Chi" Combines Tai Chi With Rhythm and Blues

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Jun 01, 2007

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Melvin Atkins, a martial artist and fitness intructor based in Marin County, California, has blended tai chi with rhythm and blues to create “Soul Chi.” “I took all of my tai chi, karate and aerobics, put them to music and made a program that everybody can do, exercises that strengthen the body and heal the spirit,” Atkins—also known as Maalak among his class participants—told www.recordnet.com. The workout requires no special equipment and is suitable for people who are not typical fitness club participants. Examples of music used for background include James Brown and The Temptations.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.