Tai Chi is practiced among artists, actors, and everyday people like you and I and I’ve been told it’s a great way to work out and has many benefits. Some will say that they feel better, look better, and have an overall better outlook on life. In addition to these things the following is a list of benefits that people have gotten through practicing Tai Chi and some are also listed on the Mayo Clinic Website (www.mayoclinic.com).
1. Gives a feeling of peace
2. Gives a positive feeling about life
3. Improves attitude towards stress
4. Reduces high blood pressure
5. Relieves chronic pain like Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
6. Reduces depression/anxiety
7. Improves sleep
8. Reduces Stress
9. Improves muscle strength
10. Slows bone loss in post menopausal women
11. Improves everyday functioning
12. Increases stamina and energy
13. Increases flexibility
14. Improves coordination, balance, and helps reduce falls
15. Improves muscle definition
Tai Chi is also known or referred to as “Meditation in Motion” because your body is moving in a gentle, slow, and calming way. You aren’t required to do any aerobics, weights, or other strenuous exercises when you practice Tai Chi which makes it great for those that have a difficult time trying to get fit.
Unlike other exercise or fitness classes you don’t have to have special equipment or apparel; only an area where you’re free to move in and an environment that promotes relaxation.
There are 3 steps/kinds of Tai Chi to be practiced. Beginners usually learn posture through various movements which is called the “Yang Family Form.” Next they’ll learn the “Chen’s Form,” and finally the “Tai Chi Sword Form.” Once all of the forms are learned a person will be able to practice them at their own pace and when they are available; such as at their home. They only take a few minutes to complete; which is great for those that have a hard time completing an exercise class that usually lasts an hour.
Tai Chi classes are forming here in the Papillion area of Nebraska and take place year-round, Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The best thing about this class is its 100 % free; thanks to the “Papillion Recreation Center” and the “Omaha Tai Chi Association.”
Classes are held at the “Papillion Recreation Center” located at 1100 West Lincoln Street in Papillion and registration is not required.
If you have any questions regarding this free class please call 402-597-2041 or log on to www.omahataichi.com.