Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese system of slow, flowing movements and shifts of balance that strengthens the legs while conditioning the tendons and ligaments of the ankles, knees, and hips, increasing their range of motion and making them more resilient and less prone to injury. The constant weight shifts train the body’s balance and awareness, leading to confident ease of movement within the form and in everyday life. Tai Chi is a physical exercise that focuses the mind while conditioning the body.
The words Tai Chi Chuan, when translated, mean “Supreme Ultimate Method.” The exalted title was bestowed upon this ancient Kung Fu system because of its unique ability to combine the external martial arts exercise with the internal healing energies practiced by the people of China for thousands of years. Based on the principles of the Tao Te Ching, a profound book of poems written by Lao Tzu in 400 B.C., Tai Chi Chuan springs to life as a philosophy in the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions.
Western science recognizes the following benefits of practicing Tai Chi: increased oxygen uptake and utilization (more efficient breathing), reduced blood pressure, slower declines in cardiovascular power, reduced levels of stress hormones during and after practice, improved immune function, and heightened mood states. The course is open to men and women of all ages.
Demo Class on May 2, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. in the Aerobics Room
Classes will be held on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. beginning May 6.