Tai chi for Health Arthritis Beginners

Tai Chi

A Community Health and Wellness Program offered by Lourdes


  • $45 Regular Price:16 Classes
  • $30 Lourdes PFAP/Veterans/EMS
  • $30 Lourdes Associate/Volunteers
  • $25 Repeating Class


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.

Please watch this video on YouTube..

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.  

  • 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.     
    • Please watch the video clips below if you are new to our Taichi program.


- You can register three ways:  1) Online and pay via credit card

                                             2) Call 607-698-6081 and leave a message 

                                             3) Email LourdesTaichi@ascension.org.  

- All classes are taught at Lourdes Vestal, 3101 Shippers Road.

- Please complete the consent form, participant information sheet and fall assessment questionnaire that you will receive in the mail 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 instructor on the day of orientation or by the first day of class. You may pay via credit card through this secured site if you choose.

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.

Rules of conduct for all participants:

Be courteous  and respectful to your self and others practice

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 arthritis, or those at increased risk for falls,  as anyone can benefit from this program. 

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

Other Dates and Times

WhenDate Time Registration
April 21, 2020
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
April 21, 2020
12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.


  • Shaz Bamasi , BSN RN, Tai Chi Coordinator

Please review the refund policy and Class cancellation guidelines and acknowledge agreement with the policy prior to completing your registration