Tai Chi

Parish Health Ministry Is offering free Tai Chi classes starting Tuesday, September 27 from 10:30–11:30am in Gathering Space rooms 1 and 2. 

In Tai Chi one can distinguish between the physical exercise involved and the theory and practice which follow the Chinese Taoist understanding of medicine, which is not compatible with Catholicism. We are not promoting or practicing the religious aspects of Tai Chi, but are simply using the class as a means of physical fitness.

Tai Chi practice can improve posture, movement control, and ability to walk, partly due to the gradual weight shift that occurs with the lower and upper limbs. Slow foot movements such as forward heel-to-toe and backward toe-to-heel motions also improve flexibility, stamina, and muscle tone. The practice of moving from wide to narrow stances as well as turning in the movements expand the number of situations under which the body experiences support. The coordinated breathing used along with the exercises help to improve lung function. Taken together, these details within the exercises are the mechanisms that serve to improve balance while reducing the risk of falls.

A study published in 2009 from the Harvard Medical School describes the benefits of practicing Tai Chi, which include stress reduction, lower blood pressure, better sleep, improved balance and coordination, and increased lower-body muscular strength and flexibility. In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions. As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention on body movements. Tai Chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.

Classes normally consist of warm-up/stretches, breathing exercises, and the Tai Chi routine. It’s easy to start and fun to learn. Wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes.

Participation is free but please let us know you will attend by contacting Jeff at 1.24x10e8@gmail.com or (760) 413-2784.