Tai Chi was originally developed as a martial art and is typically taught as a series of slow, low-impact movements that integrate the breath, mind, and physical activity to achieve greater awareness and a sense of well-being.
“Studies have shown Tai Chi improves muscular strength, balance, postural control, and reduces the older adults’ risk of falling by 47 to 55 percent, as well as reducing the risk of falls by Parkinson’s Disease patients by 67 percent,” said Rhonda David, education specialist for Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative
About 34 people attended a series of one-hour-long Tai Chi classes twice a week from July through August at the Altus Public Library.
“The evaluations revealed how beneficial the classes have been,” said Kathy Hale, director of the Southern Prairie Library System. “The participants were in strong agreement that the instructor improved their knowledge of Tai Chi and that they were likely to apply what they had learned about improving balance and increasing flexibility. Two of the participants enjoyed it so much that they completed the Tai Chi instructor training at the Jackson County Health Department.”