Tai Chi & Poetry

Tai Chi & Poetry Course for Older Adults

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This is an 8-week course in tai chi with a poetry journal component. It is free of charge to Locust Grove-area residents of age 50 and up who have been vaccinated for Covid-19 and also had the booster shot. The class is sponsored by the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry (ROMP).

When:            Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., April 5-May 24

Shifu Rick Thomas

Where:           VFW Hall, 116 N. Broadway, Locust Grove OK

Why:              Tai chi and poetry are both practices that can greatly improve a person’s physical and mental health.

Who:              The tai chi course is taught by Shifu Rick Thomas of Thomas Academy Tai Chi/Kung Fu in Tulsa. The poetry component consists of weekly journaling exercises designed by ROMP Director Shaun Perkins.

NOTE: A VACCCINATION CARD will need to be shown at the class in order to participate. The card should show you have had both vaccination shots for Covid 19, plus the booster.

ABOUT TAI CHI (from TaiChiFoundation.org):

What is tai chi chuan?

Tai chi chuan is an ancient exercise that embodies China’s most profound concepts and principles of health and movement. It offers true harmony between body and mind. Practiced at a slow and even speed, tai chi movements are widely acknowledged to help calm the emotions, focus the mind, and strengthen the immune system. In a very real sense, tai chi helps us stay younger as we grow older, thus making an essential contribution to our overall health and well-being.

How do I learn tai chi chuan?

Tai chi chuan is practiced as a “form,” a well-defined sequence of movements that flows from one posture to the next according to underlying principles. The tai chi form is learned by practicing the movements and principles in class weekly and at home every day. In class teachers demonstrate the movements, and students practice them together as a group.  The teachers give you hands-on adjustments to help you feel the best alignment for the movements and postures. No special equipment or uniform is required, though flat, cotton-soled shoes are highly recommended.

What are the health benefits of tai chi?

Regular practice of tai chi nourishes the body, mind, and spirit. As physical exercise, tai chi strengthens the legs and improves balance. Posture and flexibility in the joints are improved, so you can stand and move with less effort. The slow shifting of weight from leg to leg helps the circulation of blood through the body, improving heart health. The quality of relaxation in tai chi, as you move through the sequence of postures, helps to regulate the flow of your internal energy, your qi, through your whole body, nourishing the health of your internal organs.

As we learn to relax physically, we learn to relax our thoughts and emotions, relieving the stress of family, relationships and work. Stress relief is a common tai chi benefit that brings many people to this art.

Placing the focus of our awareness at the center of the body makes tai chi a moving meditation, a way to be centered and grounded throughout our day.

What if I have health problems or disabilities?

Properly taught and practiced, tai chi can be safely and productively done by anyone who can stand and walk. The movements and postures of the tai chi form can and should be done at your individual capacity and adapted to your current condition.

You’ll be interested to know that many new scientific studies have shown the practice of tai chi to be beneficial to people suffering from virtually all the major chronic illnesses from heart disease to diabetes.

NOTE: As this course is being offered free and is limited in size, please be sure that you can attend on the dates indicated.