Tai Chi for Heart Rehabilitation


A Community Health and Wellness Program offered by Lourdes 



  • $45 Community Rate: 16 Classes
  • $30 Lourdes PFAP/Veterans/EMS
  • $30 Lourdes Associate/Volunteers
  • $30 Current tai chi participants

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese art embracing the mind, body and spirit and is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. Tai chi can be pleasing to do, easy to learn and maybe practiced almost anywhere. It is used by people of all ages to relieve pain, stress, and anxiety, and to promote inner peace. The upright posture aligns the spine; the deep diaphragmatic breathing nourishes and relaxes muscles and brings about feelings of positivity and well-being, and the slow movements take most of your joints and muscles gently through their complete range of motion. With regular practice, tai chi can increase flexibility, build strength, improve balance and coordination, enhance the immune system, enhance concentration and memory and strengthen cardiovascular and pulmonary function.


Tai chi for Health classes is a series of short-form tai chi movements that address a specific disease condition through movement therapy and application of tai chi principles. 

Each class session leads to the next covering the sequence of 12 warm-ups,  specific core movements, and 3 cool down forms.  

The emphasis is on teaching the practice of tai chi principles through the forms, on strengthening one's core, and improving one's posture, balance, stamina and cardio-pulmonary health.

One of the best features of this program is that it can be adapted to fit just about any fitness level making it generally safe for all ages. The gentle flowing low-impact movements are easy on one's joints, in particular, if one has limited mobility. 

TCH  / TCR:  Tai chi for Heart Conditions / Tai chi for Rehabilitation:  This is two short-form programs into one, both programs taught over 10 weeks.  Tai chi for heart conditions is the first 6 weeks followed by Tai chi for Rehabilitation for the second 4 weeks.  This is a sequel to Tai chi for memory and builds upon to complete our Tai chi for health beginners program. You do not have to take Tai chi for memory to participate in this class. 


- You can register online, call 607-698-6081 and leave a message or email  LourdesTaichi@ascension.org.  

- Please note the location of classes being offered: Not all classes are offered at Lourdes Vestal. 

- Please complete the consent form, participant information sheet and fall assessment questionnaire that you will receive in your email and bring to orientation or your first day of class. 

- Fall scores > than 4 will require a complete balance assessment before the start of classes and towards the end of the session

Registration Fee, Class cancellations, refunds, and payments:

 The total cost for the 16 classes is $45.00 - Payment option available at the full community rate.

 Lourdes PFAP, Lourdes Volunteer, Lourdes Associate and Retirees, NYS MEDICAID and Veterans cost is $30.00 (proof of eligibility is required upon payment)

 Registration fees vary based on your classification. Please check the registration fee that applies to your classification. 

 Registration fee is non-refundable if the registration is not canceled before the start of the second class. 

 Payments are via cash or check payable to Lourdes Hospital to be given to the instructor on the day of orientation or by the first day of class, or you may pay via credit card online .


Please wear comfortable loose clothing and well fitted flat shoes. (no flip flops, No Crocks, no running shoes, No heals

 Bring a sweatshirt or a jacket as room temperature may not be suitable for your need, so you can layer up or layer down if you get too cold or warm.

Be courteous  and respectful to your self and others practice - Please observe the following:

Please arrive to class on time 

Turn off cell phones before entering the classroom

 Limit the use of fragrances, as some participants may develop respiratory symptoms due to the smell of perfumes.

Please do not enter the classroom, if another class is in session.

Orientation, Class attendance, and your practice

It is recommended that all beginner participants in the program attend a 2-hour orientation program that is held before the start of the classes. Please see the list on registration section and select your time of attendance. 

Participants are encouraged to attend all classes and to practice tai chi daily to gain the maximum health benefits of the program.  

Also, it is recommended that participants consult their physician before participating in a tai chi class.   

Participation is not limited to individuals with heart or lung conditions as anyone can benefit from this program. 

For any questions, you can email us to lourdestaichi@ascension.org or call the registration line and we will call you back

Registration fee is refundable only if we receive your registration cancellation prior to the start of the second class. The full price of the registration fee is expected once you have attended greater than 4 classes. In case of payment options, you are obliged to pay the entire fee,  after dropping out past the 6th class.   All cancellation requests should be emailed to LourdesTaichi@ascension.org or by calling the cancellation line 607-203-8098.  In the case of illness and attendance of fewer than 4 classes, you will be given a credit to attend the next session of classes.