Why is Tai Chi and Qigong (easy and gentle) a good fit for older adults? Because Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese practice that brings together a nice fusion of low-impact exercise and slow-paced martial arts movements. There is a steady flow with each posture moving into the next, so there is no abrupt stopping and starting. It isn’t a sweat fest, but using your body’s resistance to hold each pose is great for strengthening and toning. By holding the pose longer, you can boost metabolism a bit more too!
Because the Tai Chi and Qigong movements are easy on the body, just about anyone can do them and you can go at your pace while standing or seated. So try these movements for yourself. Join us on Thursday mornings from 10:45-11:45 a.m. at the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room. This drop-in class is ideal for beginners. Cost is $5 per class and all ages and abilities are welcome. Just wear comfy clothes, rubber-soled shoes and bring water.
As a Tai Chi Instructor certified by the American Tai Chi-Qigong Association and a Practitioner of the National Qigong Association, I am also certified to teach PWR! Moves for Parkinson’s and Chair Chi. I use easy and gentle Tai Chi to teach how to enhance overall health, increase flexibility, improve balance and coordination, and reduce stress while building bone strength. As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and certified Holistic Nutrition Educator, my passion is “active aging for all ages and abilities.”