Tai Chi – it’s good for what ails you!


Carol Emerson

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise consisting of a series of individual dance-like movements that flow smoothly from one to another in a sequence. When it is performed, Tai Chi integrates elements of movement, mind, and breath, making it a mind-directed moving exercise. All movements involve weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing stances, correct body alignment and posture, and a continuous, circular flow.

Over the last ten years, there have been many studies showing the health benefits of a Tai Chi practice. You may have heard that it improves balance, thus reducing the incidence of falls, but did you know that it is also recommended to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease or that it helps lower blood pressure or mitigate depression? Yep.

While Tai Chi definitely is a physical exercise, there are multiple levels to this art. Mental focus, mindful breathing and inner relaxation are key components to the “inner” aspect. Tai Chi is sometimes referred to as a moving meditation and brings many of the same benefits of seated meditation: peace of mind, comfort and a feeling of completeness.

Tai Chi classes taught by black belt instructors are offered all year right here in SaddleBrooke. No experience is necessary.

Beginning Class: Tuesday 9:05–10:05 a.m.

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

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

All classes are held in the SaddleBrooke One Fitness Center. Each class is $10, cash or check.

For questions or to register, call Carol or Ken at 520-784-1475 or 520-373-3778. Private lessons available by appointment.