Friday, December 28, 2007

"Tai Chi for Your Immune System" Free Class at Great River in Minneapolis

Sick and tired of being sick and tired and buffeted by winter colds? Try Tai Chi to help strengthen your immune system. Join Great River T'ai Chi for a free class "Tai Chi for Your Immune System" Thursday, January 10, 2008 from 6–7 pm. Come learn some simple exercises that can help stave off colds and flu this winter.
Research studies have shown that Tai Chi favorably influences the immune system, enabling people to fight off the flu, colds, shingles, and many other maladies, as well as improving balance and coordination. This multi-faceted exercise had its origins as a Chinese martial art, and is often referred to as the "physical therapy" of traditional Chinese medicine.

Get in shape for World Tai Chi Day April 28 by learning some moves! NEW BEGINNERS Tai Chi classes start Thursday, January 17th. This 10-week session will give you a solid foundation in Tai Chi practice and ideas. Tai Chi is an excellent and fascinating lifetime exercise, packed with practical skills, interesting ideas, and numerous health benefits. Tuition is $150, and you can register at the door.

Great River is located at 1940 Hennepin Avenue South (at Franklin), 2F. For further information, call 612-822-5760, or see our website..
(This class space is not accessible). Contact us for opportunities to have this presentation at other locales. 612-822-5760.

Also, look for Tai Chi soon at the Minneapolis Uptown YWCA, taught by Great River advanced students! This class will be accessible.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Great River Tai Chi Featured at Associated Bank

Great River Tai Chi will be featured in a display at the IDS Center branch of Associated Bank December 10–21. Stop by to enter your name in the drawing for a free 10-week beginner's class (value $150)! Associated Bank is located on the skyway level, 7th Street side of building, by the skyway to Barnes & Noble.

For information on upcoming classes, click here.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

December Practice Tips—Walking on Ice

It's that time of year again, when ice and snow become a constant presence. If you've grown up here in the northern climes, you've learned the hard way to navigate these wintery surroundings. Lo and behold, the methods that work are the same as the tai chi exercise called "Walking on Ice."
Here's how Walking on Ice works. The key is to step with a flat foot. In "normal" walking, we step heel first, and then push off from the back toe. On ice, those methods will quickly land you on your back. It helps to keep relaxed and upright, of course, and to keep the feet sensitive to the contours of the ground.
Practicing t'ai chi will help you hone your ability to walk on ice. Join us for a class!