TAI CHI HAS been popular for many moons, but it’s especially hot now in big, frenzied cities like Houston. What’s it all about? According to the Jung Center Houston, practicing forms of tai chi and breath coordination is a tranquil way to focus the mind, achieve physical and mental balance, and gain vital energies. Catch classes starting this week and discover your inner calm.
Four Dragons Institute for Tai Chi and Meditation continues its Chinese martial art classes in Levy Park with the next class Friday, Aug. 26. Connect and focus the body and mind with slow, low-impact gentle movements and stretches. Open to all ages and levels, this class is great for those who want to de-stress, find inner peace and increase overall health. Best of all, it’s free! Classes run each Friday morning during the fall. Check the event calendar for details.
Presented by the J.W. Couch Foundation and led by Simone Oliver of Four Dragons Institute, this tai chi class focuses on slow, meditative movements for increased health and mental wellbeing. This Saturday, Aug. 27, is the next class, followed by classes each Saturday through Nov. 5. Register on-site for the free class, and be sure to bring a towel and water, as well as a yoga mat.
Instructor Annette Wong says that tai chi is popular because it’s easy to do and provides a gentle workout that leaves you energized. “The gentle form of exercise can maintain strength, flexibility and balance, and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life,” says Wong, who also teaches at the Houston Racquet Club. Check the CCC website for the upcoming fall schedule, which will be posted soon.
For the more serious tai chi student, The Jung Center offers weeklong classes led by George Ling Hu, a master in tai chi and member of the Chinese Tai Chi Chuan Association. The Tai Chi for Health I course offers meditation through movement using the Chinese exercise based on the yin/yang philosophy and practiced in slow, relaxed, continuous motion. The cost for members is $175; and $190 for nonmembers.
For more family fun beyond tai chi, visit POST Houston's Skylawn — a rooftop park and urban farm with views of Downtown and seven distinct gardens, each with its own plant palette. A few upcoming free events to consider: Black Swan yoga classes and zumba sessions on the Skylawn, and the Blackwood Skyfarm Pop Ups, every first Thursday of the month (taste, learn about and take home fresh, local food). Check the events section of the website for all details.