A relaxing exercise that is a powerful strength and balance workout, too? That’s what Water Tai Chi is. Drawing on the fundamentals of the ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi, this water exercise adds support for the entire body while challenging every movement with resistance in an ever-changing physical environment.
The class was designed by black belts Ken and Carol Emerson who have been teaching Tai Chi in SaddleBrooke for many years. It is based on the Yang style Tai Chi form and consists of powerful, simple and beautiful moves and sets of moves that can be easily learned. In addition to the physical benefit of the exercise, being outdoors in the morning light adds a unique meditative dimension to the work that is not always obtainable in a workout room situation.
Whether you are an experienced Tai Chi practitioner or have never done Tai Chi in your life, there is great benefit to be found in this new form. If you already practice Tai Chi, you will find that working in the water informs the deeper, internal aspects of the art. It teaches us to move more completely into relaxation and slow down our practice and breathing. If you are new to Tai Chi or if you have some physical issues that make other exercise forms difficult, you might want to give this a try. You may find that it will improve your strength, balance, flexibility, coordination and mental focus, not to mention relaxation and peace of mind.
Join us on Thursdays from 9:15–10:00 a.m. at the MountainView pool at SaddleBrooke 2. The cost is $10 per class or six classes for $54. For more information or to register, please call Ken or Carol at 825-9206. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.