Bubbling Spring Studio in Bristol will be offering tai chi classes for beginners, on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m. The classes will feature gentle movement for health, relaxation, balance, and increased energy.
Due to COVID-19, class size will be limited to eight students, masks and social distancing required.
Instructor Jody Telfair-Richards has taught tai chi for 13 years at Spectrum Generations. Her approach to tai chi emphasizes its benefit as a healthy exercise and a movement-based meditation that can guide an individual to stay calm and focused in daily life.
Telfair-Richards’ eight-week, one-hour-per-week tai chi series will use movements and principles from the ancient Chinese practices of tai chi and chi kung to improve balance and flexibility, and will teach participants to relax while moving.
Chi kung exercises are simple movements to improve circulation and energy. Tai chi is a sequence of slow movements, which will strengthen both legs and lungs. The gentle, yet challenging, movements can ease tension, clear the mind, and increase energy throughout the body. Research has documented that the study and practice of tai chi can help prevent falls, as well as lower blood pressure and heart rate. As a nonimpact exercise, it is well suited for people of all ages.
The course fee is based on a sliding scale, from $80 to $100 for eight sessions for seniors. Participation is by advanced registration. To reserve a space in the fall 2020 tai chi program, email Telfair-Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-0359. More information is available at bubblingspringtaichi.weebly.com.