Health Education

Tai chi Journey to Better Health


A Community Health and Wellness Program offered by Lourdes


  • $45 Community rate
  • $30 Lourdes PFAP/MEDICAID/Veterans
  • $30 Lourdes Associate/Volunteers
  • $40 Continuous Practice rate

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, and enhance concentration and memory.


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 specific class is  8 weeks long that meets twice a week for a total of 16 classes.

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 and stamina.

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. 

The Beginners classes offered at Lourdes are as follows:

  • Tai chi for Arthritis - Beginners  (TCA-6):  Sun style tai chi,  teaching the initial 6 forms of tai chi for arthritis program.  This course has been approved by the CDC as an effective evidence-based fall prevention program, reducing falls and improving balance in older adults by 47%.   Anyone can benefit from this program.  This is the first of the three classes offered and an entry-level course to the tai chi for arthritis courses that are being offered.    -  
  • Special section:  Tai chi for Arthritis - Beginners - Fall prevention / Better Balance:  This class is specifically for those that have significant balance problems and are at high risk for falls, or for those that use the cane or walkers, or unable to stand for extended periods of time. we teach the movements in seated, standing with the support of the chair and free-standing position. The goal is to help improve participants posture and boost confidence to transition to standing practice.

  • Tai chi for Memory - Beginners (TCM):  The tai chi for memory program is an easy-to-learn, gentle but powerful form of mind-body exercise designed to improve memory and revitalize brain health. It was developed specifically for individuals experiencing memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, or other similar conditions. However, anyone can benefit from participating in this program since memory loss is a normal part of the aging process. This course is the first of three and an entry-level course to the tai chi for health series that we offer, which includes tai chi for heart conditions and tai chi for rehabilitation. Individuals that would like to transition from cardiac and pulmonary rehab can start their tai chi journey with this course.
    • Please watch the video clips below if you are new to our Taichi program.
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Other Tai Chi classes being offered:

TCA6-CP - Tai chi for arthritis 6 movements - continuous practice: Course offered for those who have completed the initial Tai chi for arthritis 6 movements beginners class and need more practice to refine and improve their 6 movements. 

TCA 12 - Tai chi for arthritis - Extension movements: The second of the three Tai chi for arthritis classes that teaches the next 6 form sequence of Sun style Tai chi, to build on the previous 6 forms completing the Tai chi for Arthritis Fall prevention program - an evidence-based fall prevention program.  Classes are offered for 2 days a week for 8 weeks, Recommend to attend at least the 12 of the 16 classes, Pre-requisite Class: TCA-6  or TCA6-C

TCA12-CP - Tai chi for arthritis 12 movements -  continuous practice: Course offered for those who have completed the Tai chi for arthritis 12 movements and need more practice to refine and improve their 12 forms of Tai Chi for Arthritis Program. Classes are offered for 2 days a week for 8 weeks, payments are made every 4 weeks while class is in session. This class is to support your continuous practice, you are not required to participate in all classes. Pre-requisite Class: TCA-12 

TCA32: Tai chi for arthritis - Part 2:  The third and the final class of the Tai Chi for arthritis program teaching the next 20 forms, to expand the movements to 32 forms. This completes the Tai chi for arthritis program and the core movements of Sun 73. Pre-requisite Class: TCA12C  


TCA32-CP- Tai chi for arthritis - part 2 - Continuous practice:  Course offered for those who have completed the Tai chi for arthritis 32 movements and need more practice to refine and improve their 32 forms of the Tai Chi for Arthritis Program. Classes are offered for 2 days a week for 8 weeks, payments are made every 4 weeks while class is in session. This class is to support your continuous practice, you are not required to participate in all classes. Pre-requisite Class: TCA-32

SUN 73: A 1-year program that meets 5 (8-week sessions) that includes the 32 movements of Tai chi for Arthritis and new sun style forms that will complete the SUN Style Tai Chi program.  Class is divided into 4 parts and continuous practice. Class is offered once a year for new participants wanting to start this program. Next open class will be offered Fall 2020. 

Pre-requisite Class: TCA32-CP

SUN 73 - CP: This course is for those who have completed the SUN 73 program and would like to continue their practice and refine and improve their form and practice of SUN 73. Pre-requisite: SUN 73

TCM - CP:  This course is for those who have completed the Tai chi for memory, and would like to refine and practice the form with the instructor.  Class meets once a week for 8 weeks. Pre-requisite: TCM

TCH  / TCR:  Tai chi for Heart Conditions / Tai chi for Rehabilitation:  This is two short-form programs into one, each being taught over 10 weeks.  Tai chi for heart conditions is the first 5 weeks followed by Tai chi for Rehabilitation for the second 5 weeks.  This is a sequel to Tai chi for memory and builds upon to complete our tai chi for health beginners program.  Recommend taking TCM  or TCA6 prior to taking this class.   Beginners level class - new comers to Tai chi are welcome to take this course.

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TCE: Tai chi for energy - Part 1 and 2:  Intermediate tai chi class that combines two styles of Chen style and Sun style together. this class is a 5 times 8-week session, a 1-year commitment is required. The course is offered once a year.

  Pre-requisite: TCA6C, Tai chi for health series.


- You can register online, call 607-698-6081 and leave a message or email  

- 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.

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

Tai chi Fee schedule 2020.pdf

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.


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.

For classes that take place at 219 front street, Binghamton - Please arrive 10 minutes early to each class and wait in the center oral health lobby and the instructor will let you in at the time of your class. If you are late for a reason, the secretary will let you into the secure area.

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 the 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 arthritis, or those at increased risk for falls or ones with memory issues, as anyone can benefit from this program. 

For any questions, you can email us to or call the registration line and we will call you back

Other Dates and Times

WhenDate Time Registration
January 22, 2020
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
January 23, 2020
10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
January 24, 2020
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
January 25, 2020
10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


  • Caroline Orth , PhD

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 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.