Tai Chi, often called "moving meditation", is a martial art that originated in China. It is a discipline that integrates mind, body and spirit as you practice a series of slow-moving martial arts exercises, called "forms". Tai Chi increases strength, and improves the flow of energy in the body. As a form of exercise Tai Chi has been shown to lessen the pain of arthritis by strengthening the muscles around the joints. It also improves balance and cardiovascular health. Many find they are better able to concentrate, the quality of their sleep improves, and they have more energy and can cope with day to day stresses more easily. The calming aspects of Tai Chi develop from the coordination of breath with movement and the focused concentration on slow, gentle, structured movement patterns. Students learn how to keep the muscles active but not tense, the mind alert but calm, and body movements well-coordinated. For hundreds of years, older adults, especially the Chinese, have practiced Tai Chi daily as a means of staying healthy and vital.
Class starts with a short period of meditation, then a series of warm-up exercises, and then independent form practice. It is not as easy as it looks! Perfecting and refining techniques is essential in the study of this art, and you will be working at your own pace to achieve your personal best. The wholesome discipline of a Tai Chi practice provides countless rewards!
At The Yoga Loft we offer FREE Intro to Tai Chi talks. These free intros talks are required for anyone new who is interested in signing up for the Tai Chi sessions.
Wed. April 29th 10:00-10:55am
Wed. July 1st 10:00-10:55am
Thurs. July 2nd 7:45-8:45pm
Wed. Sept. 2nd 10:00-10:55am
Thurs. Sept. 3rd 7:45-8:45pm
Wed. Nov. 4th 10:00-10:55am
Thurs. Nov. 5th 7:45-8:45pm
SESSION days, times and dates:
July 14th - Sept. 3rd (7 week series) no class 8/11 or 8/13
Sept. 15th - Nov. 5th ( 8 week series)
Nov. 10th - Dec. 22nd (7 week series) no class 11/26
11:00 - 12:15pm
May 13th- July 1st (7 week series) no class 6/24
July 15th - Sept. 2nd (8 week series)
Sept. 16th - Nov. 4th ( 8 week series)
Nov. 11th - Dec. 23rd (7 week series)
Call to register!
Our Tai Chi classes are taught by experienced instructor, Hilary Smith. Go to the teachers page for more info on Hilary.