“Whoever practices Tai Chi regularly will in time gain the pliability of a child, the vitality of a lumberjack, and the peace of mind of a sage.” -Chinese Wisdom
Please join us for tai chi instructor workshops in the Tai Chi for Health Series and for skill-building workshops that improve your tai chi skills and understanding of essential principles.
In Gladstone and Escanaba Senior Centers
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Students may begin classes at any time.
Tai Chi originates from ancient China. Over 300 million people throughout the world practice it as an effective exercise for health and wellness of mind and body.
Tai Chi is a set of gentle, fluid and circular movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo. The breathing is deep and slow, aiding concentration and relaxation.
Though the movements are slow, the body is working to open and loosen the joints and muscles. Proper alignment begins in the feet, knees, and hips and this creates a solid center of gravity and balance. With each step and gradual shifting the weight from foot to foot, relaxation or ‘sinking” into the ground is learned. As muscles let go and the shoulders soften, the upper torso moves in harmony with the lower body. A tremendous amount of inner energy and strength is developed during this process that is used for health and wellness.
Conservation of this energy and the ability to stay calm in stressful situations is highlighted. Tai chi teaches us to listen to our bodies and trust our inner voice, be strong for sports and activities, resist aggressive or destructive behaviors and best of all — to enjoy life in a playful manner.
Cathi leads Fran and Marilyn in the posture Fair Lady Works Shuttle from Tai Chi for Health & Diabetes Class. The class was held in Ludington Park throughout the summer.