Tai chi is an ancient form of gentle exercise sometimes called ‘moving’ meditation. This class will focus on a short form (Sun style) designed specifically to improve joint movement (which may decrease pain) and improve balance and prevent falls. In addition to these benefits, research has also shown tai chi may reduce stress. Basic aspects of tai chi will be discussed and practiced, including breathing, weight shift, posture, slow circular movements, elongation and focus to enhance the flow of chi. The classes are taught by repetitively practicing small portions and gradually adding until the entire form has been covered. Regular attendance is encouraged for the full benefit. There is modest fee for participants.
Day session: Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00am. Outside sessions are currently being held at the American Legion Park in West Des Moines on 4th and Vine. When the weather cools we will meet indoors at First Unitarian Church.
Evening session: Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. 10 sessions between Labor Day and Thanksgiving at First Unitarian Church