I have been studying the ancient art of tai chi, more correctly called taijiquan, for over 50 years. In this 8-week self-paced class I will be distilling what I have learned in that time that can benefit our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. You will leave the class with a short movement practice that will last the rest of your life.
Harvard Medical School has this to say about Tai Chi:
Although tai chi is slow and gentle and doesn't leave you breathless, it addresses the key components of fitness — muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and, to a lesser degree, aerobic conditioning. Here's some of the evidence:
Tai chi can improve both lower-body strength and upper-body strength. When practiced regularly, tai chi can be comparable to resistance training and brisk walking.
Although you aren't working with weights or resistance bands, the unsupported arm exercise involved in tai chi strengthens both the lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of the back and abdomen, and can boost upper and lower body flexibility as well as strength.
Tai chi improves balance and, according to some studies, reduces falls. Proprioception — the ability to sense the position of one's body in space — declines with age. Tai chi helps train this sense. Fear of falling can make you more likely to fall; some studies have found that tai chi training helps reduce that fear.
Of all tai-chi’s big benefits, having better balance is the best-documented in the medical literature. Studies show that older adults who do hour-long tai chi sessions one to three times a week are 43% less likely to fall, and they cut their risk of injury in half.
Tai chi can help reduce age-related cognitive decline and even slow dementia. In 82% of studies, tai chi greatly improved mood and lowered anxiety. Plus, it was shown to be an effective treatment for depression.
Tai chi may offer advantages over other types of aerobic exercise, especially for people who are sedentary or very out of shape. And that’s not all. It also lowers blood pressure and total cholesterol, reduces chronic inflammation, and tones the sympathetic nervous system.
Tai chi needs no equipment and can be done in a very small space. For this class, you will need to be able to stand up.
Facilitated by Paul Kaye
All classes are recorded and can be accessed live, or viewed later at your own pace for at least a year after you register.
Live Class Dates: Monday, April 25 - June 20, 2022, 5 pm - 7 pm, PT (or access recordings at any time)