Tai Chi

TaiChiChuan(Low-Impact)

          The gentle movements of Tai Chi bring a profound sense of relaxation, vitality, and peace while promoting the body’s natural ability to heal. It helps guide Qi (energy) through the body to improve circulation, balance and flexibility, while boosting the immune function and re-energizing! Classes include basic fundamental tai chi movements, qigong, and meditation. Bring calm, focus, and vitality to your life through the self-healing practice of Tai Chi. This class meets in the courtyard if weather permits; otherwise it meets in the aerobics room.  All fitness levels.

          Tai Chi is old, respected, and has a colorful history. Although the legends surrounding Tai Chi are very intriguing there are actual documents which show us the true origins of Tai Chi Chuan. In a village called Chenjiagou, translated means “Chen Family Ditch”, a man by the name of Chen Wangting studied and developed a new fighting style using all the knowledge he had gained from the military and all other aspects of life. Since the beginning of Tai Chi Chuan, it has gone through many modifications by many different people. However, the core form is still practiced in the Chenjiagou village today.

• Health Benefits

          Tai Chi has been studied for many generations and in many different ways, but recent Tai Chi has been studied for its health benefits. There are several unlikely perks in Tai Chi. The University of California, Los Angeles, performed a study on 112 healthy adults with moderate sleep complaints and after just 16 weeks of Tai Chi they improved their sleep quality and sleep time. Tai Chi is an exercise, like yoga, that requires breathing coordinated with body movement and hand-eye coordination. Due to those requirements, Tai Chi naturally promotes calmness and over all can help reduce stress. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that people with mild to moderately severe Parkinson’s Disease can improve their balance, walking ability, and overall well-being after just 20 Tai Chi sessions. Tufts University in Massachusetts also studied Tai Chi and found that after a hour of Tai Chi twice a week, for twelve weeks patients with severe knee osteoarthritis reported a reduction in pain, improved mood, and overall improvement in physical function. Tai Chi