Breathe easy with Tai Chi

Kim Kubsch

Why is Tai Chi and Qigong beneficial to practice deep breathing exercises? The moving meditation of Tai Chi is a form of relaxation; and therefore, when practiced regularly, it often leads to the relief or prevention of symptoms commonly associated with stress, which may include high blood pressure, headaches, stomach conditions, depression, anxiety, and other physical challenges.

To raise awareness of lung health, Breathe Easy Week is June 16-22. How many times do you breathe each day? The average person takes 23,000 breaths each day. Most modern adults breathe much faster like puppies – about 15-20 breaths per minute; 12 breaths per minute is the resting respiratory rate and 5-6 breaths per minute for Ta Chi and Qigong breathing.

During my easy and gentle moving meditation classes of Tai Chi-Qigong, we put a huge smile on our lungs and shift from fast, shallow breathing to deep, abdominal breathing. The breath is the key to letting your movements become slower and more effortless. It also oxygenates your cells and cleanses toxins from the body.

Drop in at any class whenever you are free throughout the summer, but please take note of several dates listed below when classes will not be held; and just a reminder that all venues and classes are fragrance-free. No equipment needed – just rubber-soled shoes with a back and water!

Cottonwood Country Club – No classes on June 20 and 27, July 4 and August 1

Day/Time: Fridays from 10:00-11:00 a.m. – Intermediate; or 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Beginner

Cost: $5 per one hour drop-in class or a series of six for $25.

Venue: Cottonwood’s Phoenix Room (attached to the ladies Fitness Center near the swimming pool)

Renaissance Senior/Assisted Living Center – No classes on July 29 and 31

Day/Time: Tuesdays from 10:15-11:15 a.m. and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Cost: Residents only

Tai Chi for Parkinson’s – Mirror Room, Sun Lakes Country Club

Day/Time: Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.-noon through late July; resuming September 4

Cost: $5 per class. Pre-registration is required – call Darolyn at MAPC at 602-406-6903

Art of Movement for Parkinson’s – Sun Lakes Methodist Church

Day/Time: Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. through late July; resuming September 8

Cost: $5 per class. Pre-registration is required – call Darolyn at MAPC 602-406-6903

Private classes in your home or office in southeast Phoenix area; this is the ideal and comfortable way to address your personal physical challenge or chronic disease, in the comfort of your home or favorite venue!

Individual Tai Chi Practice 24/7

Enjoy your practice using my DVD’s, Hello Tai Chi, Goodbye Stress or Practice Easy Tai Chi-Qi Gong with Kim Kubsch. Purchase at www.SafeMovements.com.

To learn more about Tai Chi-Qigong and this moving meditation using deep, slow breathing, visit www.SafeMovements.com, call me at 480 392 3436 or email me at [email protected] v