On Mondays from 7:00 – 8:00 pm a small group comes together to play Tai Chi and do I Chuan exercises in the Lydell Community Center in Whitefish Bay. Tai Chi is a gentle exercise, consisting of slow, rhythmic, fluid movements. This form of exercise promotes relaxation and deep breathing techniques.
A participant will experience a feeling of well-being and improvements in posture and balance. I Chuan is a set of simple exercises for healing, vitality and peace of mind and can be regarded as a form of preventive medicine.
The group takes time before and after class, and interrupts itself during class to make a witty comment, share a story, tell a joke. Participants are led by Hans Klijnsmit, a virtual renaissance man, who speaks 6 languages, plays the organ, make flutes, rebinds historic books and more, and who has been leading Tai Chi and I Chuan classes very successfully for years.
Participants who include men and women represent a wide variety of ages, with many active seniors in the group. People take the course, which is part of the Whitefish Bay Recreation and Community Education Department offerings for many reasons.
Sometimes people join the course because their spouse suggests it to help relax and relieve work stress. Some people come to improve balance, agility, and flexibility. Others come to improve in other sports such as biking, golf, cross-country skiing and curling. For all it’s a scheduled, enjoyable evening out learning, practicing and having fun playing Tai Chi and I Chuan.
There’s space available in the class that will run for five more weeks beginning November 8th. For more information and to register online go to http://www.wfbschools.com/recreation/ or call (414) 963-3947.
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