|Three T'ai Chi Classes Offered by 50 Plus Program in early September|
Three specialized classes in the traditional Chinese relaxation exercise of T'ai Chi are being offered in early September by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.
The programs are: T'ai Chi Chen Style, and T'ai Chi for Arthritis, which will both take place at the Tai Chi Studio, 7941 Santa Fe, Overland Park, and T'ai Chi Yang Style, which is offered at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park. Search for the keywords "t'ai chi" to find these programs in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.
T'ai Chi Yang Style consists of slow movements and postures meant to promote balance, body awareness, deep breathing, and a peaceful sense of well being. This program is a prerequisite for Yang Style II, which will be offered in October. This program will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday beginning Sept. 5. The cost for six 60-minute sessions is $42 per person for Johnson County residents or $46 for nonresidents. Another class is offered at 5:30 p.m. Monday beginning Sept. 10 and will involve five 60-minute classes at a cost of $35 for Johnson County residents or $39 for nonresidents.
T'ai Chi Chen Style involves an easy-to-learn 18-movement T'ai Chi form which promotes better body control and a healthier sense of living. Three levels of this program are offered with each being a prerequisite for the next. All three begin on Sept. 6. Chen Style I will meet at 8:30 a.m., while Chen Style II meets at 9:45 a.m. The cost for six 50-minute sessions is $42 per person for Johnson County residents or $46 for nonresidents. A Chen Style III class meets at 11 a.m. and will involve six 25-minute classes at a cost of $21 for Johnson County residents or $23 for nonresidents.
T'ai Chi for Arthritis is particularly effective for people with this ailment as it includes agile steps and exercises meant to improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. This program is offered at noon on Friday beginning Sept. 7. The cost for six 60-minute sessions is $42 per person for Johnson County residents or $46 for nonresidents.
While the JCPRD's 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District's Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.
The JCPRD's ACTIVITIES catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pick-up at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com