Tai Chi intro class begins July 25

July 12, 2007

The University Fitness Center on the Penn State Hershey campus will offer Intro to Tai Chi beginning July 25. The six-week class will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, through Aug. 29. Tai Chi is a martial and healing art with roots that trace back to ancient China. It combines martial movement, Qi (energy) circulation and gentle stretching. The greatest value of Tai Chi is its potential to strengthen and repair the physical and energetic body, which has the potential to prevent and cure diseases. Tai Chi is practiced as a series of continuous movements combined to make a form. The slow and relaxed, condensing and expanding movements of Tai Chi provide a total exercise for the body and mind. Focusing on the breath improves energy circulation and brings attention inward. Tai Chi also releases tension. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that 70 percent of all patient office visits were a result of stress-related illnesses. Tai Chi exercise helps to redistribute energy in the body by using the mind to lead excess energy from the tense areas to regain balance and harmony. The six-week session costs $45 paid in advance or $50 if paid at the door. To register, visit http://www.pennstatehersheyufc.com online.

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