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Ancient Exercise Focuses on Calming Mind, Strengthening Body

NORFOLK, VA (Aug. 25, 2011) – Looking for a new way to exercise and clear your mind? Why not give tai chi, an exercise form developed in ancient China, a try.

Sentara Senior Services will offer free tai chi classes in September and October in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. The classes will be held outside, weather permitting, on the lawn and will last about 45 minutes.

 Sentara To Offer Free Tai Chi Classes

 Sentara Senior Services to offer free tai chi classes on September and October in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.

During tai chi, participants use slow, gentle motions while breathing deeply. It is a low-weight bearing exercise. Tai chi has many different styles, but all involve slow, relaxed, graceful movements, each flowing into the next.

The body is in constant motion, and posture is important. The names of some of the tai chi movements evoke nature (e.g., "Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain"). Individuals practicing tai chi must also concentrate, putting aside distracting thoughts; and they must breathe in a deep and relaxed, but focused manner.

Health benefits of tai chi include:
- Improve muscle strength, coordination and flexibility
- Improve balance, decrease risk of falls
- Ease pain and stiffness
- Improve sleep
- Improve overall wellness.

All classes take place at 9:30 a.m. Please wear comfortable clothes. Dates and locations are as follows:

September 6 - Sentara Village - Chesapeake,  778 Oak Grove Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23320
September 22 - Sentara Village - Virginia Beach, 3751 Sentara Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
October 4 - Sentara Village Chesapeake
October 13 - Sentara Village Virginia Beach 

Map and directions to Sentara Village - Chesapeake. 
Map and directions to Sentara Village - Virginia Beach.

Please call Julie at (757) 892-5426 for more information. Registration is not required.

Related Links: 
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Sentara Senior Services
Sentara Village - Chesapeake
Sentara Village - Virginia Beach

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