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Three T'ai Chi Classes Offered by 50 Plus Program in Late August, Early September
POSTED: 08/09/2006
Three specialized classes in the traditional Chinese relaxation exercise of T'ai Chi are being offered in late August and 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 Overland Park Community Center, and T'ai Chi Yang Style I, which is offered at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park. For each of the three classes, the cost for six 60-minute sessions (Chen Style classes ar 50 minutes) is $42 per person for Johnson County residents or $46 for nonresidents. 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 I consists of slow movements and postures meant to promote balance, body awareness, deep breathing, and a peaceful sense of well being. This program is taught by Marilyn Kimmi and is a prerequisite for Yang Style II, which will be offered in mid-October. This program will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday beginning Aug. 30.

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. Instructor Craig Terry is offering three levels of this program, with each being a prerequisite for the next. All three begin on Aug. 31. Chen Style I will meet at 8:30 a.m., while Chen Style II meets at 9:45 a.m., and Chen Style II meets at 11 a.m.

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. Instructor Debbie Shearer offers this program at noon Friday beginning Sept. 1.

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 VOICE or (913) 831-3342 TDD. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District's website at

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