Arlene Faulk is a teacher, writer, storyteller and accomplished business woman. Well known for her inspiring Tai Chi teaching, she uses using her calm, clear voice to support and uplift students, helping each to be in the moment and relax from the stress and pressures of the day. The longevity of her students’ participation attests to her impact on their well-being and their ending each a class by wanting more. More calm. More centeredness. More coping ability.
At 22 years old, Arlene Faulk lost all feeling in her body from the waist down. With no diagnosis, she was left with one thought: What is happening to my body? In Walking on Pins and Needles: A Memoir of Chronic Resilience in the Face of Multiple Sclerosis (River Grove Books), Faulk recounts how she regained mobility, embraced the power of Tai Chi, and took back control of her life.
In this moving and illuminating memoir of one woman’s years-long struggle to understand and conceal her debilitating symptoms as she ascends the corporate ladder in a major airline comes a story of perseverance, rediscovery, and hope in light of multiple sclerosis. As she jumps into the unknown, Faulk finds comfort and healing through Chinese medicine and Tai Chi. Her inspiring story demonstrates how a chronic and debilitating health condition lacks the power to control our lives and stop us from moving in the direction of possibility.
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Tai Chi Background
Arlene Faulk founded Faulk Tai Chi in 1999. Over the past 20 years, Arlene has studied in California with Troyce Thome, Master Abraham Liu, Master Henry Chueng and at the Taoist Sanctuary and Pacific School of Tai Chi; in Chicago with Hau Kum and Per Kneip; and across the U.S. with Paul Lam, M.D.
She teaches in Evanston and Chicago and has continued to add classes and workshops. In addition, she taught teens for four years as part of their regular school curriculum at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois. She continued to grow Faulk Tai Chi by training additional teachers in how to use her positive, encouraging and quietly disciplined teaching philosophy.