LACONIA — Beginning Tuesday, February 13 new students can begin learning T'ai Chi Chih, the moving meditation that has been written about in The New York Times, AARP national magazine, and many other media. The new eight-week class begins at 6 p.m. in the Laconia High School cafeteria.
People around the country who practice T'ai Chi Chih credit the slow, gentle movements with health improvements, including lower stress levels, lower blood pressure, improved concentration, and all around well being. Academic research studies at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and elsewhere also document the benefits.
"I started T'ai Chi Chih as a skeptical student more than 15 years ago," said Nancy Frost, now a teacher of the form in the Lakes Region: "Right from the beginning I felt a wonderful difference. Tension just seemed to melt away, I had more energy, and now I've been doing the movements faithfully every day for many years, and teaching others how to get the same great results."
In a number of studies between 2003 and 2011, various UCLA researchers have found that doing T'ai Chi Chih improves immune system function, helps relieve depression, and improves the quality of sleep. Hundreds of accredited teachers nationwide say their thousands of students over the past 30 years have reported these and many other benefits.
"A lot of good can happen when we learn to work with the vital energy that circulates within us, which the Chinese call chi," said Nancy Frost. "The stories are compelling – people with migraines report relief, people with high cholesterol and heart problems report improved health. Just about everyone who takes a T'ai Chi Chih class says it changes their life for the better."
To register, please contact Laconia Adult Education at 524-5712.