T’ai Chi Ch’uan (or Tai Chi) originated in China, and includes is a series of slow, fluid, purposeful, physical movements with controlled breathing and relaxation. These movements have been shown to improve strength, flexibility, and balance while focusing the mind and improving clarity. Research suggests that Tai Chi has positive effects on quality of life, heart and brain functions, and reduced fall risk in older people.
Tai chi, which originated in China as a martial art, is a mind-body practice, sometimes referred to as ''moving meditation''. Practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness, while breathing deeply. Tai chi incorporates the Chinese concepts of yin and yang and qi (a vital energy or life force). Practicing tai chi is said to support a healthy balance of yin and yang, thereby aiding the flow of qi.
There is no governing body or set standards or credentials for Tai Chi Instructors; there are numerous training programs and masters to study with, who have different styles and lineages. The American Tai Chi and Qigong Association (ATCQA) provides independent Tai Chi accreditation; their Certification is not affiliated with any particular school, program, style or lineage. They offer 3 Certification Levels for Tai Chi Instructor, ranging from Level I with at least 150 documented hours in formal Tai Chi training and at least 500 hours of experience in teaching, to Level III, requiring at least 2000 hours of experience in teaching Tai Chi.
Cost: $7 per session
Classes are open to patients, families, staff and the community. No appointment necessary, but please sign in and pay at the volunteer desk before class. Classes are $7 each. Discount cards will be available for purchase at the volunteer desk for $35 for six classes. Interested in trying a class? Ask about our "one free class" coupon.
This Chinese meditation system & health practice consists of focusing the mind solely on movements of the form, helping to improve health, manage stress and achieve mental calm & clarity. Cost: $7/per class.
Experience an awesome workout that perks you up! A combination of Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi ending with meditation. Bring yoga mat and water bottle, plan on laughing and starting your day out with a smile! $5/per class.