Dianne Byrer, volunteer for the Barbour County Senior Center, attended the Arthritis Foundation's Tai Chi Instructor Workshop at the Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling on April 12-13. Byrer is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor, who provides counseling services at Circle of Caring, the Behavioral Health Center at the Barbour County Health Department.
She will teach a series of six Tai Chi classes at the Senior Center, located at the corner of Main and Church streets in Philippi, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. The first class is scheduled for May 22. A donation for the class will be accepted.
Since the 19th century, the Chinese have understood the immense health benefits of Tai Chi, and its popularity has grown steadily. Now, Tai Chi is practiced in almost every corner of the world. It is one of the most popular exercises today, with more than 300 million participants. Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that originated in ancient China. Not only has it been proven via scientific study to increase flexibility, muscular strength and fitness, it also has many other advantages, according to a news release from the Senior Center. These additional advantages include promoting correct body posture; integrating body and mind; and improving Qi (a life energy which governs all functions of the body and is essential for health and vitality). Tai Chi exercises the entire body, is easy to learn and is suitable for almost anyone.
The Barbour County Senior Center will host a series of Tai Chi classes beginning May 22. From left are Shelia Rae, Tai Chi instructor; Dianne Byrer, Barbour County Senior Center volunteer; and Mark Coffindaffer, Tai Chi instructor.
Tai Chi is a progressive exercise in the sense that no matter at what age one starts, skills can be developed. The more one progresses, the more interesting it becomes. Increasing scientific evidence indicates that exercise is essential for prevention and management of chronic diseases that are common as people age.
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