About Happy Thought Tai Chi

HAPPY THOUGHT TAI CHI PROGRAM was developed by instructor Mark Cashatt. The system was developed from ideas and routines that Mark Cashatt gathered over the years. Mark first learned the Yang Style Cheng Man Ching form, and since has learned several Chen forms, one wu form along with Chen Style Broadsword, do-dao, straight sword and spear. Through years of daily practice and leading classes since 1997, the system has been refined and now duplicated in a DVD series. The program is a series of Tai Chi forms as well as chi-kong routines that are easy to learn and very relaxing to do. The “chi-kong” routines are made up of individual chi-kong movements laced together by Mark Cashatt so the movements are easier to remember. Mark Cashatt leads classes where anyone can come in anytime and start anytime. The easy to follow DVD’s guide the student through the moves with inspirational music in the background. Practicing with the Happy Thought Tai Chi Program DVDs are almost as good as attending a Happy Thought Tai Chi Program class.  Mark Cashatt is also available for private lessons.

About Taijiquan

Taijiquan is a martial art originally from China. It takes from ancient teachings of philosophy and how the energy flows through the body with slow and steady- flowing movements. Research has shown Tai Chi (slang for taijiquan) is great for improving balance, blood circulation including high blood pressure giving better flexibility along learning about proper breathing which can help in so many ways out in the real world. Tai Chi is a relaxing exercise program that requires thought and visualization of the movements. The training can help in any activity and it really helps decrease stress and tension.




-when other activities are too rigorous, tai chi is an option that can slowly help improve and control deep breathing



-careful attention to filling the lungs and exhausting lungs completely while in motion will help control of your diaphragm.

- It will help rid lungs of carbon dioxide giving an internal massage.

-Deep breathing fuels our metabolism and gets rich oxygen to the blood stream. 

-A person who works on deep breathing can gain 50% more lung capacity than an average adult.

-Helps blood pressure and blood flow to organs.



(high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, blocked arteries, heart attack)

-Studies show exercise at a lower intensity can provide benefits to those recovering from heart disease

-surveys say 95% of those who use tai chi for cardiovascular conditions think it is helpful.



- you might  find you cannot participate in more rigorous activities, tai chi is a helpful answer.



- frees and facilitates the flow of Qi leading to higher levels of function and health

-Improved blood circulation

-Lowers the pressure on the joints of being hunched over



- tai chi practice helps with regaining and maintaining balance. 

-Tai Chi also helps with general functioning and social functioning, where just balance exercise helped with balance but not social functioning.




improved upper extremity range of motion, better balance and respiration rate.  

About Us

HAPPY THOUGHT TAI CHI PROGRAM was developed by instructor Mark Cashatt. The system was developed from ideas and routines that Mark Cashatt gathered over the years. (read more)


Tai Chi DVDs

3 Volumes of Tai Chi instruction, each over 1 hour long, are now available through this website.

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Special Needs Classes

After developing an easy and systematic program using the principles, philosophy and techniques of Taijiquan (Tai Chi), an ancient martial art originating in China, I found that such a program can benefit our friends who have physical and mental challenges. (...more)