Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will present a six-week Tai Chi Chuan program from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 11-Feb. 15 at First United Methodist Church in Marquette.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Tai Chi Chuan is a meditative exercise program based on a series of slow-motion “forms” derived from ancient Chinese martial arts and grounded in Taoist philosophy of balance and harmony. It has been called a moving form of meditation and has been recognized for its benefits of increasing flexibility and strengthening the muscles used in posture and balance, especially in older adults.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The Tai Chi forms and warm-up exercises utilized in this course will be learned and practiced in the standing position, usually with both feet on the ground. Participants should wear loose fitting clothing.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Paul McKelvey is Director of Continuing Education at NMU, will lead the program. He studied Tai Chi for several years and then modified what he had learned in order to develop this course for older adults, which he taught several times for the Elderwise (ILT) program at the St. JosephÂ’s Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The cost is $24 for NCLL members and $42 for nonmembers. Please register by Jan. 7 by calling Carole Bard at 228-9367.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director