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This advice, heard around the world in physical education classes, diet programs and gyms is really old hat at the Newtown Senior Center. According to center director Marilyn Placehatha yoga and a muscle toning exercise class have been offered at the center for years.
Following a demonstration class last week, tai chi and chi kung - gentle arts of movement that originated in China about 2, years ago - ed the list. Tai chi and chi kung teacher Steve Kurimai will lead the class every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p. The free classes are open to all seniors in Newtown.
Exercise outlet for seniors
They also strengthen muscles and help improve balance and breathing. Beside that, an active body makes for a healthier mind.
A lot of people asked for this class. A phone call was all it took to get him down for the demonstration.
Kurimai has been practicing tai chi and chi kung for the last 12 years; he's been teaching it at senior centers and continuing education programs in western Connecticut since He promotes this system of exercises the same way he teaches it - quietly and patiently. Hospitals teach them for fall avoidance.
They aid the respiratory and circulatory system and they're good for arthritis - it keeps ts open.
Twenty-two seniors ed up for the weekly class on the spot. Kurimai understands that many seniors don't or can't exercise.
When nearly 30 men and women came forward to give tai chi a try, he told them that if at any time they felt tired, breathless or just wanted to sit down, they should stop. That advice appeared to be appreciated by everyone on the floor as well as those watching.
As he spoke during the hour-long session, he urged participants to "listen to the ts in the body opening up" and "remember that you are exploring a new way of movement. That gets a mind-body connection going. What happens in one place affects other parts of the body.
It's good for you and you're learning different things. We seniors need more exercise.
These free classes are open to all seniors in Newtown. For more information, call the senior center, In-Depth Coverage. Wide-ranging youth vaccination rates worry some, not others.
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