Tai Chi for health and wellness


Carol Emerson

Tai Chi is practiced all over the world but it is not always easy to find a class that is convenient. It just couldn’t be more convenient than right here in SaddleBrooke! Your instructors are third degree black belts, certified through the Ching Yi Kung Fu Association (www.chingyikungfu.com).

Tai Chi is well known for its many health benefits. Integrative medicine pioneer, Dr. Andrew Weil says: “Tai chi is especially beneficial for those with osteoarthritis. It can help strengthen leg muscles, improve posture and promote balance, flexibility and mobility. It can teach relaxation and focus and is a way to synchronize the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It helps many to develop concentration and coordination and can reduce the risk of falls.”

Peter M. Wayne, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Tai Chi and Mind-Body Research Program at Harvard Medical School’s Osher Research Center notes: “A growing body of carefully conducted research is building a compelling case for tai chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age.” We often have students in our classes that have been advised by their doctors to take up tai chi. The slow and gentle movements strengthen the body and calm the mind.

If you would like to improve your balance, health, serenity, and overall well-being, we invite you to try tai chi!

Beginning: Tuesday 9:05-10:05 a.m.; Sunday 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Intermediate: Saturday 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Advanced: Saturday 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 per class – cash or check, please. All classes are held at the SaddleBrooke One fitness center. Please wear comfortable clothes and an athletic shoe or you can go barefoot.