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Classes and Lectures

The Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine has several classes open to the Orange County community. They include tai chi classes, monthly lectures on integrative medicine and an annual conference on women's wellness.

Tai Chi »

The Art of Tai Chi - Medicine in Motion is presented by Dr. Shin Lin, a world-renowned Tai Chi expert.

Our classes are undergoing continuous enhancements that are based on the latest research. Highlights from our recent fall series include:

  • Palace-style cosmetic face massage in addition to the Wudang self-massage routine for the whole body.
  • Basic/intermediate silk reeling exercises performed to music for easier pacing of movements and breathing rhythm as well for deeper relaxation.
  • Five Animals Frolic Qigong invented by Dr. Hua Tuo, a pioneer of Chinese medicine. This system of Qigong is intended to strengthen the five vital organ systems, a concept now beginning to be validated by Western biomedical research.
  • Addition of faster Tai Chi movements to give a more balanced exercise routine for fast muscle fibers and cardiovascular conditioning.


To start as a beginner, arrive at 4:30 p.m. to be brought up to speed. You will be able to join the more experienced students when the 5 p.m. class begins.

Intermediate Tai Chi

12 sessions, every Tuesday starting date TBA
5-6 p.m., outside Sprague Hall on the UC Irvine campus

Advanced Tai Chi

12 sessions, every Tuesday starting date TBA
6-7 p.m., on the front lawn of Building 55 at UC Irvine Medical Center

The total cost is $120 for 12 sessions. Students can deduct $10 for each lesson they know they will miss before the start of the series.

How to Register

Register on site at the class location.

What is Tai Chi and how can it help me?

Tai Chi, a popular form of mind-body practice, originated in China several hundred years ago. It is believed to have many benefits on a person's health and healing. A 2007 report by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality rated the ancient Chinese mind-body practice of Tai Chi/Qigong as the best for reduction of high blood pressure, ahead of mindfulness/transcendental meditation and Yoga. But Tai Chi is much more than that. The Harvard Health Publications recently called Tai Chi "Medicine in Motion" because of the mounting evidence from laboratory research and clinical trials that it can:

  • Increase body flexibility and balance
  • Strengthen both slow and fast muscle fibers
  • Relieve stress
  • Improve mental focus
  • Boost immune response
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Enhance mood
  • Elevate blood flow
  • Raise body energy and strength and
  • Prevent and relieve many disorders such as insomnia, obesity, hypertension, arthritis and diabetes.

Tai Chi is one of the most well-balanced exercises for people of all ages to train their mind and body. Aside from the traditional, more familiar slow and relaxing movements, Chen Style Tai Chi (the original style from which all other styles were derived) incorporates explosively fast movements that provide excellent training for fast muscle fibers, cardiovascular health, and self-defense.

About Dr. Shin Lin

A world-renowned expert on Tai Chi, Dr. Shin Lin has trained with each of the Grandmasters of five major styles, including the iconic Grandmaster Chen Zheng-Lei, 19th generation family heir of the Chen Style from China's Chen Village, where Tai Chi originated. In 2010, Dr. Lin was formally accepted into the inner circle of Grandmaster Chen's "indoor" students. Dr. Lin is also a world leader in the application of modern biomedical technologies to study the benefits of Tai Chi / Qigong on mind-body functions and body energy measured as heat, light, and electricity. He presently serves on the U.S. National Advisory Council on Complementary & Alternative Medicine, and the editorial boards of Chinese Medicine and Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. He is co-chair of the World Congress of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and co-creator of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. He has been invited to present at numerous national and international conferences, and has appeared on major television and radio network programs.

Learn more about Lin and his research»
Wing Chun Kung Fu »

Science-Based Wing Chun Kung Fu for Self-Defense and Mind-Body Conditioning is a 10-week course designed to develop a high level of mind-body conditioning.

Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art. Its popularity owes much to movies starring Bruce Lee, the most famous of the Wing Chun fighters.

Wing Chun was designed for self defense against opponents of greater size and strength. The style is based on simple, scientifically sound principles and techniques that are highly effective in real life situations, as well as in conditioning the mind and the body.

Wing Chun is an excellent complement to tai chi because it emphasizes self-defense applications while providing training in mental concentration, building quick reflexes and fast muscle function in very limited spaces.

The course is taught by Shin Lin, one of the most experienced Wing Chun instructors in the United States. He began studying traditional Wing Chun as a teenager in Hong Kong. He later went on to study Wing Chun for fighting in real-life situations at the Advanced Wing Chun Academy in Baltimore. He received certification for his ninth-degree gold belt.

In 1988, Lin and Master John Clayton, once the number one point-fighter in the United States, co-founded the Johns Hopkins University Wing Chun Kung Fu Club, which is still active today. The curriculum taught at UC Irvine is based on the model developed at Johns Hopkins.

Learn more about Lin and his research>>

Enrollment fee: TBA

Schedule: TBA

Monthly Colloquium Lecture Series »

Colloquium Lecture Series

Dr. Jerome Tobis, professor emeritus of UC Irvine's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has organized a monthly lecture series featuring members of the academic and medical community as well as members of the general public. This series is intended to provide information and discussion about important topics in complementary and alternative medicine. It meets on the first Thursday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Colloquium Room (third floor) in the Medical Education (Telemedicine) bBuilding on the UC Irvine campus.

2013 Schedule


2012 Schedule

November 1, 2012
Michael Leon, PhD
Environmental Enrichment as an Effective Treatment for Autism

May 3, 2012
Christopher V. Flores, MD
Keeping Your Wits About You:  Maintaining the Brain to Prevent Dementia

Apr 5, 2012
Jessica Drew de Paz, Psy.D.
UC Mindful Safety Research

Jan 5, 2012
Ellen Olshansky, DNSc, RN, WHNP-BC, FAAN
Creating a Holisitic School of Nursing Based on Concepts of Optimal Healing

Annual Women's Wellness Day »


11th Annual Women's Wellness Day 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Irvine


Dr. Mark Hyman

Featured Speaker 

Mark Hyman, MD is a four-time New York Times best selling author and international leader in functional medicine. 

In his book, The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Hyman coins the term "Diabesity" while he prescribes optimal dietary and lifestyle approaches to correcting body imbalances.

Click here for more details.


The day will also include integrative workshops led by UCI physicians and practitioners addressing traditional “Western” medicine solutions with complementary treatments such as acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, stress management, and movement.

Tickets $145 (includes continental breakfast, lunch, all main and workshop sessions). 

Click here for sponsorship and ticket opportunities.

For more information contact Lori Gremel at (949) 824-0087 or

WWD 2013 Planning Committee

Co-chairs: Sue Parks, Susan Samueli

Members: Vina Abi-Fadel, Michelle Anderson, Suze Angel, Kathleen Buchanan, Cindy Burns, Robert Burns, Kay Burra, Victoria Collins, Anna Corbett, Kelleen Corfield, Niloofar Fakhimi, Parto Ghadimi, Gwyn Grenrock, Sandi Jackson, Mahtab Jafari, Amber Johnson, Gena Kadar, Kristi Kirkpatrick, Liz Merage, Shohre Mevar, Patti Porto, Julia Rappaport, Denise Ryan, Vanessa Ryan, Jeanice Scott, Janice Smith, Janice Sprague, Barbara Steinberg, Melissa Stewart, Nella Webster O’Grady, Bobbitt Williams

Community Lectures »

To Be Announced...

UC Irvine Extension Classes »

UC Irvine Extension is the continuing education arm of UC Irvine, which is ranked among the top 50 U.S. universities by U.S. News & World Report. It is dedicated to providing a transformative learning experience for the 30,000 students enrolled in the hundreds of courses.

UC Irvine Extension offers several continuing education courses in spa management.

Spa and Hospitality Management

The spa and hospitality industry is growing rapidly, with continued growth projected in the United States and overseas. Spas are increasingly being integrated into hotels and resorts as well as in the medical and healthcare industries.

The Spa and Hospitality Management Certificate Program provides comprehensive training to help prepare for a successful career. The courses emphasize specific business and management skills needed for successful day-to-day operations, combined with long-range strategies necessary for sustained growth and profitability.

Available courses in this series are:

  • Building and sustaining high-quality systems for spas
  • Human resources basics, recruitment and retention
  • Introduction to spa and hospitality operations
  • Introduction to the spa industry, services and treatments

Learn more and the Spa and Hospitality Management Program>>