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Tai Chi class offered to seniors

The Tuesday morning Cazenovia Tai Chi group has been meeting for four years.

Each class is a separate entity that covers all relevant material, so newcomers can fit right in. Simple exercises are introduced each week that can be practiced while attending to one's daily activities. A short series of movements, as well as explanation of their application to daily activities, are covered.

The class is sponsored by Cazenovia Area Senior Association at no cost. Anyone over 55 in the Cazenovia School District is welcome. The class meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the handicapped accessible meeting house at the Cazenovia Presbyterian Church on Albany St.

Tai chi, a Chinese martial art now practiced as non-competitive exercise, is gaining popularity worldwide for its numerous quality of life benefits. Accredited ongoing research is confirming that the slow rhythmic movements provide the same benefits as Western style exercise. The low impact movements are favored by seniors and the performance enhancement appeals to young athletes. At tai chi's core, one finds the principles of all human movement. Through practice those principles can be applied to any activity.

To the observer tai chi appears to be stylized choreography. It is how the choreography is animated that makes tai chi unique as an exercise system. The trademark flowing quality is the result of self-guided relaxation and awareness. Mentally and physically the practitioner seeks the core principles of balance, harmony, unity, connectedness and inclusion. These principles help a practitioner find a grounded and centered foundation where letting go yields empowerment.

For more information, contact Raquel Huckans at 655-9654 or Chris Dascher at 655-9025.

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