What is T’ai Chi? Tai Chi is a discipline, meditation, and a form of exercise. Practiced for hundreds of years by those who wish to improve or maintain their health, T’ ai Chi is a system of movements performed in a peaceful, gently paced, specific manner. The continued and dedicated practice of the T’ ai Chi forms benefits the body and mind by helping to reduce stress and improve strength, flexibility, mental and physical balance, energy flow and general health.
Studies from universities and research institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Emory University, the National Institute on Aging and the Arthritis Foundation, have found that T’ ai Chi lowers blood pressure, reduces the number and severity of falls in the elderly, reduces the pain and immobility of arthritis, benefits those with osteoporosis and increases strength and energy for all ages and fitness levels. Often called “ moving meditation” T’ ai Chi movements require no special uniforms or equipment and can be practiced almost anywhere. T’ ai Chi is for every age and body type. The gentle, flowing movements are taught at a pace all can follow. There is no competition. All special needs and circumstances are taken into consideration by the instructor. This is an exercise in which the student proceeds at his or her own pace, one step at a time.
The class emphasizes the benefits of health and the mind and spirit. By teaching focus, concentration and “ emptying thoughts” T’ ai Chi helps relieve stress and creates an openness for your energy to flow more easily and effectively.
Harvey Meisner, our T’ ai Chi instructor, is loved by everyone. Harvey has experience teaching those with Parkinson’s Disease, Arthritis, Seniors and others with special circumstances. His gentle manner and easy teaching style provide a relaxing, enjoyable environment in which students feel comfortable. Harvey has also taught classes at major corporations, as well as to the general public.
“Harvey is so kind, gentle and caring and concerned for each person in the class.”
T’ ai Chi and Qi Gong are ancient exercises and movements that are designed to help develop balance, strength, flexibility and focus and also improve cardiovascular health. They are gentle, easy, yet effective movements that anyone can do, and all special needs are taken into consideration. T’ ai Chi and Qi Gong have helped reduce blood pressure, stress, tension and the pain and stiffness of arthritis and other similar disorders. They also help increase general health and well-being.
**No class: September 7 (Labor Day)
**No class: November 23 (Thanksgiving)
**No class: January 18 (MLK)
**No class: May 31 (Memorial Day)