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CHI for Senior
Practiced in China for thousands of years, in recent years
t'ai chi has
become one of the most popular exercises in the world.
T'ai chi can be
practiced by people of any age or any physical condition.
It can be
done standing or seated. There are many different
forms of t'ai chi.
T'ai chi chih, the form offered at the center, is a series of 19
movements that are done slowly and are easy to learn.
reported many health benefits from t'ai chi including improvement
balance and coordination, increase in joint mobility
and range of
motion, and reduction of stress and tension.
Among the organizations
recommending t'ai chi are the National Institute of
Institute for Nursing Research, and the Journal of the American
Bobbie Ruocco is accredited to teach t'ai chi by T'ai Chi Chih
International. She has been teaching for five years.
Mary Ann Gebhardt is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Trained at the American Yoga Academy. She has been stugying yoga
Without a doubt, yoga is one of the best habits the mature man or
woman can acquire. Yoga enhances flexibility, strengthens muscles
and offers a new outlook on life. Besides, it's fun. You're
as young as you feel!
Stretching, deep breathing and relaxation techniques learned
through yoga helps you to remain healthy and active.
worked so hard taking care of everyone else in your life that you
forgot about yourself...until now. Well today is the beginning of
the rest of your life. Now that your retired you can find time to
devote to the body that carried you through so many years.
small studies published in the February 2000 issue of the journal Rheumatic
Diseases Clinics of North America found that yoga helps with
pain associated with osteoarthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
A study published in the April 2000 issue of Indian Journal of
Physiology and Pharmacology showed that yoga may be as
effective as drug therapy in controlling hypertension. (However,
until this is more firmly established by additional research, yoga
is better regarded as an adjunct to drug treatment rather than a
replacement. Needless to say, any changes to your drug regimen
should be made in consultation with your doctor.)
A second study in the same journal documented that a four-month
yoga regimen significantly increased feelings of good health, as
rated by a standardized "Subjective Well-Being
A Stanford University review of the research on complementary
treatments found that mind-body techniques including yoga were
efficacious primarily as complementary treatments for
musculoskeletal disease and related disorders.
Other studies, including one at the Roosevelt University Stress
Institute in Chicago, have found that yoga stretches reduce
physical stress while increasing physical relaxation.
and Friday 12:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM
The Oakland Senior Center offers 3 Art Classes to Oakland
residents age 55 and over. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and
from 10:00 to 11:30
Pam Leggate has been the art teacher at the Senior Center for 5
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