St. David’s offers T’ai Chi Chih practice sessions every Wednesday afternoon,3 PM, downstairs.  Tai Chi Chih continues to meet at 3:00 pm every Wednesday through the summer . Contact: Sondra Odian

T’ai Chi Chih is a form of moving meditation that incorporates deep breathing and mental imagery with a set of slow, no-impact movements developed to increase the circulation of Chi (energy, or vital life force).  These easy-to-learn movements improve balance, energy, flexibility and general well-being and can be done by anyone of any age or physical ability.

T’ai Chi Chih practice is not strenuous exercise.  Its 20 simple movements are slow, graceful and easy to learn.  As a moving meditation, it is a gentle, yet very powerful centering experience in which the body also gets to participate.

Studies on the health benefits of the different forms of T’ai Chi include Tufts University School of Medicine and The American Medical Association.  Studies published indicate that T’ai Chi Chih may:

  • boost the immune system
  • build bone mass
  • lower blood pressure
  • lower total cholesterol
  • reduce levels  of the stress hormone cortisol
  • benefit people with fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and various forms of arthritis.