Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that is primarily practiced for its health benefits including a means for dealing with tension and stress. Tai Chi is considered a "soft" style martial arts, though regular practice provides for an excellent low cardio, toning workout. Tai Chi emphasizes complete relaxation and is essentially taught as a form of meditation in motion. The mind becomes quiet as the body moves to rejuvenate and strengthen itself. Soft, slow, flowing and gentle movements build on the development of balance, coordination and strong energy flow. This creates a healthful and rewarding treat to daily living. This class will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays (Jan. 6 to Feb. 24 -- no class Feb. 17) at Palmer School for ages 15 and older.
This class will begin the journey to the heart of traditional Karate-Do. For those wishing to extend or expand current or past studies and beginners wishing to develop their physical and mental abilities, this program will instill and enhance basic through advanced concepts of martial training and the application of techniques. Studies will focus on the physics of movement, Chi (energy) manipulation and pressure point theory as they apply to health and self-defense. Students can also expect an introduction to Zen philosophy as it relates to martial arts. Classes will be small and focused and are Shikaze Ryu affiliated. This class will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Fridays (Jan. 8 to Feb. 12) at Palmer School for adults.
SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch
Yoga Stretch will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity. For more information on the program, call Riverside Fitness Center at 638-3472. This class will be held from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays (Jan. 12 to March 2) at Riverside Fitness Center for ages 55 +.