Tai Chi for Beginners
8 Thursdays, 4 - 5 p.m.
Start date in September to be determined
An eight-week class for beginners and those with some tai chi experience who want to continue their practice will be offered starting on a date to be determined in September. This series is led by Bill Halacy of Concord who began his study of tai chi, acupuncture and Asian medicine following his retirement as Concord's Chief of Police. Participants will learn how this ancient Chinese exercise regimen can prevent and/or remediate common health problems.
Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions by people of all ages from teens through seniors. It can be especially helpful to elderly participants who don't get much other exercise in their lives. As Halacy says, "If you can sit, stand and shrug your shoulders, you can do tai chi."
By the end of the eight weeks, participants will be able to perform the preparatory tai chi exercise called Tai Chi Gong, as well as the first section of the traditional Yang style Tai Chi “Slow Se.” Daily practice of these simple exercise movements can improve immune function, reduce stress and hypertension and strengthen legs, back and abs; improve balance; prevent or relieve arthritis; improve sleep; and eliminate a number of musculoskeletal aches and pains. Pre-registration is required at TheAndoverHub@gmail.com.