Health Education

Tai chi for Energy

TAI CHI

A Community Health and Wellness Program offered by Lourdes

Cost

  • $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. 

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 3 times 8-week session, a 6 months commitment is required. The course is offered once a year.

  Pre-requisite: TCA6C or higher course and/or Tai chi for health series: Memory / Heart / Rehab completion.


Registration:

- 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 Annually

- Instructor approval is required

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.


Attire:

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.


Class attendance, and your practice

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