If you’ve been by the Newport Farmer’s Market lately you may have noticed some moderately extended people moving slowly from one body configuration to another, all while remaining upright and properly balanced. It’s called Tai Chi, originally developed in China as an offshoot of martial arts using the powers of slow graceful movements achieving what is called a “moving yoga” and meditation combined.
Tai Chi commands a set of sequences or movements that discipline the body and the mind which also benefits one’s ability to keep one’s balance and poise, which is important for senior citizens.
And as luck would have it, Tai Chi at the Newport Recreation Center is starting new beginner classes June 16th at 10am. Classes run every Saturday morning for three to four months. The first class is free. After that, donations are accepted on an ability to pay basis. Each student is the judge of how much they donate.
The Taoist Thai Chi is a non-profit organization and instructors are certified but are unpaid volunteers. Donations go to the Taoist Headquarters in Toronto to further the spread of Thai Chi throughout the world, and a little room rent at the city recreation center.