Tai Chi for Better Health

Tai chi in all its forms is a noncompetitive practice. Although it is one of the martial arts known for its defense techniques, most people practice it for its health benefits. As a form of exercise, it comprises gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness. The gentleness of the Tai Chi movements helps to promote confidence and strength. Regular practice can result in a reduced risk of falling and improvements in balance, fitness, flexibility, postural stability, leg strength, and cognitive function. It also appears to reduce pain and the symptoms of depression. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that has evolved to become a means of reducing stress and anxiety, and is considered to be safe for people of all ages as it does not put too much stress on the muscles and joints. Movements are circular and never forced, and Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to those confined to wheelchairs.

A 12-week program is offered at the Gateway Yoga with Sylvia studio. Classes begin on January 10. Twice-weekly classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. For more info call 239-768-1458 or visit gatewayyogawithsylvia.com.

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