Archive for Tai Chi
I am pleased to announce that I will be running a Tai Chi and Yoga class starting this September. The first class starts the week of September 16, 2012. Each class is 60 minutes and the session runs for 12 weeks.
The format is unique. I will mix Yoga with Tai Chi to create a perfect blend that leads to:
- Improved concentration and memory.
- Better balance.
- Stronger bones.
- Reduced stress.
Classes start with 10 minutes of Yoga to limber up and relax your body. This is followed by 50 minutes of Tai Chi. We will explore the basic 8 form Yang Style Tai Chi and then progress to the 24-form that is popular in China.
Class size will be limited to ensure individual attention from me.
Date, Time and Location
Sessions start the week of September 16, 2012. you can choose to attend one of three class times each week:
- Mondays 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
- Fridays 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
- Saturdays 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Pre registration is required. The cost for the 12 sessions will be $180 plus HST. You can register by calling Kalyana Yoga at 613-745-9642.
I have prepared a brochure that you can download.
Hope to see you there!
I recently posted a new blog entry on my Exercise for Better Bones blog at MelioGuide.com on an easy to learn Tai Chi routine appropriate for people with osteoporosis or low bone density and who want to safely improve their balance, strength, cardiovascular, and body awareness. (Each of these attributes is key to avoiding falls).
The posting includes a short two and half minute video demonstration of the routine. An expanded version of the video is available to clients who purchase the MelioGuide Exercise for Better Bones Program and Health Professionals who sign up for the MelioGuide Pro service.
I also include the extended version in my Building Better Bones online course for Health Professionals on osteoporosis prevention, treatment and management.
In case you want to save a trip to MelioGuide.com and just look at the video, here it is:
I am a big believer in the benefits of Tai Chi. I practice it everyday (that’s me in the photo last week in San Diego) and I encourage my clients to try it. When I run my MelioGuide Level I course for Physiotherapists across Canada and the United States on treating and preventing osteoporosis, I always include a section on Tai Chi.
Even though it is a low impact activity, it is an excellent form of exercise. A study published in Age and Aging showed that regular Tai Chi practice had a greater impact on lower body strength, balance and flexibility in elderly women than did brisk walking.
Studies have shown that people who practice Tai Chi regularly have less bone mineral density (BMD) loss at the hips, have higher BMD than age-matched sedentary control groups. Tai Chi practice leads to reduced fall frequency, increased strength, improved balance, improved body awareness and coordination, and enhanced mental clarity and concentration. Research has also demonstrated that Tai Chi has the same cardio-vascular benefit as brisk walking.
I have been practicing Tai Chi for a number of years. I started with learning the Basic 24 Step Tai Chi Form and have progressed to Tai Chi Fan. I was introduced to the art by an elderly Chinese man I met when I was living in Kanata. I was lucky to meet him and learn from someone with a lot of patience.
For those of you who are interested in learning Tai Chi, I suggest the Ottawa Taichi Chuan Association. They run classes and host various events. I attend their Saturday morning Tai Chi Fan class.
They just announced a new 10 week class on the 24 Tai Ch Form. The class starts on January 9th, 2010. I have attached the course brochure. I have not taken this course but I encourage you to check it out and see if it is for you.
Stay tuned for more postings on Tai Chi. I plan to have more material for you in the near future.