Tai Chi is a slow and gentle movement practice from China that is gaining popularity in the United States. Tai Chi provides exercise that enhances strength and stamina while improving balance and bone density. The practice helps reduce stress and increases body awareness. The gentle movements are suitable for all ages and all fitness levels.
The Homer Senior Center has been in partnership with the Independent Living Center’s TRAILS program to host a weekly Tai Chi class on Thursdays at 3:00. We meet in the movement room at the Senior Center. Classes are also being offered through the Seward and Kenai Senor Centers but you will have to contact them for their schedules.
As the instructor, I was recently able to travel to a training in Kenai and become certified to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention. Prior to this I had been teaching a more complex Tai Chi form that was difficult for some to learn. Tai Chi for Arthritis retains the core principals of improving balance and strength but with a simplified movement routine. This program was created by family physician and Tai Chi expert Dr. Paul Lam. He studied the effects of Tai Chi for Arthritis and found that the program was successful in improving health, balance and eased the discomfort of Arthritis. You can read more about The Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention Program at the Tai Chi for Health Institute website.
Although the program is primarily done standing and stepping, it can be adapted to a seated position and retains many of the stretching and calming benefits.
We will continue our weekly Tai Chi classes but will change the focus to the Tai Chi for Arthritis program. I’d like to invite anyone that has been curious about Tai Chi to try our class. We have a nice group people practicing together that are very supportive to new people trying out the art. If you have questions about the Tai Chi program please feel free to call me, Dean Sundmark at the Independent Living Center, my number is 235-7911. Instructor Certification