Bellingham Athletic Club

Tai Chi Workshop

New session begins March 18th!
If you’re interested in learning the basic principles of Tai Chi movement, wish to have a gentle workout, and learn and practice a Tai Chi form, you may wish to attend this basic introductory 4-week class. You can sign-up on the waiting list at both club locations.
Minimum 6 Participants.
When: 4 Wednesdays
Where: BAC Cordata
Time: 10:45-11:45am
Cost: $40 Members / $50 Non Members
Join others for the benefits of Tai Chi. Balance, relaxation, coordination, strengthening and vitality. This is a 5 week workshop, Wednesday mornings at the Downtown facility. See the Front Desk for sign ups

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of martial arts. It is a mind-body, self-healing system that uses movement, meditation, and breathing to improve health and well-being.

Research has shown tai chi is useful as a form of exercise that may improve posture, balance, muscle mass and tone, flexibility, stamina, and strength in older adults. Tai chi is also recognized as a method to reduce stress that can provide the same cardiovascular benefits as moderate exercise, such as lowered heart rate and blood pressure.

People who practice the deep breathing and physical movements of tai chi report it makes them feel more relaxed, younger, agile, and helps their circulation. Its slow, graceful movements, accompanied by rhythmic breathing ,relaxes the body as well as the mind. Research has found that Tai Chi can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. There is also evidence that Tai Chi is particularly suited for older adults, or for others who are not physically strong or healthy. Proponents claim tai chi balances the flow of vital energy or life force called chi, which serves to prevent illness, improve general health, and extend life. It is also based on the theory of yin and yang.

Tai chi students begin by learning a series of gentle, deliberate movements called forms. Each form contains between 20 to 100 moves, and requires up to 20 minutes to complete. Each form derives its name from nature, for example, “Wave Hands Like Clouds,” or “Grasping the Bird’s Tail.” In order to balance the yin and yang, the movements are practiced in pairs of opposites. Tai chi relies entirely on technique rather than strength or power.