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Class Spotlight: Tai Chi for Health

Tai chi practitioner and studentTai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Tai chi postures or movements are performed in a slow, graceful manner. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.

 

Tai chi is sometimes described as "moving meditation" because it promotes serenity through gentle movements, connecting the mind and body. Originally developed in ancient China for self-defense, tai chi evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and to help with a variety of other health conditions.

 

Tai chi benefits its participants in many ways. For example, Tai chi can:

  • Help relieve pain and stiffness
  • Decrease stress and depression
  • Improve concentration and memory
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Improve posture and biomechanics
  • Integrate body and mind

The Tai Chi for Health class presents tai chi in an easy to learn and gentle form. All ages, ability levels and health conditions are welcome in this program. Individuals with arthritis, diabetes, neurological disorders and a multitude of musculoskeletal problems have benefited from this class.

 

About the Instructor

 

Joan Severson has taught tai chi here at the Sports Medicine Center for 15 years. She has certifications in teaching Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi Fundamentals Form. Joan has over 15 years experience teaching Yang Long Form, as well. Recently, Joan has added teaching Aqua Zumba classes here as well. Her compassionate and supportive style make her a favorite instructor here.


Free Drop-in Class on August 17

 

Would you like to give Tai Chi for Health a try? Come to the free drop-in class on Tuesday, August 17 from 5:30-6:15. It's a great chance to "kick the tires" and see what the class is all about. Put it on your calendar to drop in and see if Tai Chi for Health is right for you.