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Make a Practice of Tai Chi

Make a Practice of Tai Chi

Published: February 18, 2021

Originally developed in China as a form of self-defense, tai chi is better known in the modern world as a low-impact form of exercise based on slow, intentional movements and deep breathing. It involves specific postures and stretching and has been called ‘meditation in motion.’

The gentle, self-paced progression of tai chi positions has been determined to help reduce stress and anxiety while increasing flexibility and balance. In this respect, it’s especially beneficial for older adults looking to maintain their mobility and independence, but it’s ideal for people of any age.

The library is fortunate to have Dr. George Place, director of the Catawba County Cooperative Extension, leading our weekly tai chi classes via Zoom. The virtual classes take place every Wednesday at noon and are designed to help people relax in their homes or offices during a quick 30 minutes. No exercise equipment is required.

If you’d like to participate, the Zoom meeting code is posted at on Wednesday mornings. Everyone is welcome to attend, and regular practice is recommended in order to reap the rewards of improved sleep, stamina, energy, blood pressure, mood, and more!

In the coming weeks, Dr. Place will also be introducing outdoor fitness programs that take place at local parks and combine a half-hour of tai chi, followed by hour-long hikes. To learn about these Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning outings, continue to check the library’s Facebook page or visit our online calendar.