Changes to the Tai Chi schedule

Carol Emerson

Beginning March 1, the schedule for Tai Chi classes will change. There will be one beginning class, one intermediate and one advanced class each week, all on the weekend. We hope you will be able to take advantage of this wonderful way to keep fit.

Tai Chi has always been a key component of Chinese health and fitness practices. With its gentle movements and meditative aspects, it is a perfect way to open the mind and body to a new, healthful, balanced way of being. “Although you aren’t working with weights or resistance bands, the unsupported arm exercise involved in Tai Chi strengthens your upper body,” says internist Dr. Gloria Yeh, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. “Tai chi strengthens both the lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of the back and abdomen.” Studies show that it is helpful for many ailments, including arthritis, low bone density, heart disease, Parkinson’s, stroke recovery and depression.

In the beginning class, students learn a short 17 move sequence. It is not necessary to memorize all the moves in order to reap the benefits of Tai Chi – simply following along in class is all you need to do. Intermediate students work on the second section of the form. Advanced students practice the entire 108 moves and learn other Kung Fu forms and energy exercises.

Many of us find that while we used to run, do yoga and play sports, our bodies just can’t take that kind of physical stress anymore. Tai Chi provides a great alternative. Although it is slow and gentle, it addresses the key components of fitness — muscle strength, flexibility, balance and, to a lesser degree, aerobic conditioning.

Classes in SaddleBrooke

All classes are held at the SaddleBrooke One Fitness Center.

Beginning Tai Chi: Sunday, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Intermediate Tai Chi: Saturday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Advanced Tai Chi plus Hsing-I and BaGua: Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

No class March 12 or March 13

$10 per class. If you still have tickets, you may use them. For more information contact Carol or Ken Emerson at 825-9206.