Tai Chi is an ancient art related to Chinese medicine. It consists of meditative movement, breathing and intentional relaxation practiced with the goal of bringing our bodies and minds into a greater state of health, harmony and balance. By practicing Tai Chi, we learn to deepen our breathing and clear our thoughts as we move through a series of relaxed, flowing moves.
The health benefits of Tai Chi are well known and include lower blood pressure, increased physical strength and flexibility, improved balance (reduced risk of falling) and reduced stress. One of the most common things our students say is how much better they feel after the class and how that carries over into the rest of their life. A meditative practice like Tai Chi can also be helpful when dealing with emotional issues such as grief, loss and anxiety, which we all experience from time to time. The hour spent in class, focusing on learning the moves in the form and practicing relaxation and breathing can be a welcome respite from stressful times.
It may surprise you to hear that Tai Chi can improve your overall athletic ability – particularly for golf and tennis players. In addition to lower body strength, it builds mental concentration, integrated body movement and release/follow through so important to these sports. Plus, being able to clear the mind and focus on your shot is a skill that can truly improve your overall game.
Tai Chi is a simple way to create a happier, healthier life. The classes are taught by black belts Ken and Carol Emerson. They are SaddleBrooke residents who have been training for over 30 years and feel it is a privilege to bring the art of Tai Chi to our community.
Classes are held at the HOA 1 Fitness Center and are $10 each. You can start any time.
Beginning Sunday 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.; Intermediate Saturday 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; Advanced Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information call Ken or Carol at 825-9206.