Woodlake had its first Tai Chi class last Thursday at 8am. Tai Chi, originally developed for self-defense, has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai Chi is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. Tai chi has many different styles. Each style may subtly emphasize various tai chi principles and methods. There are variations within each style. Some may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of tai chi. Tai chi is different from yoga. Yoga includes various physical postures and breathing techniques, along with meditation. Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low-impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise. Woodlake offers Tai Chi on Thursday mornings at 8am in the group exercise room with P’nut. We hope to add more Tai Chi classes in the future and be able to take this class outside when the weather is nicer!