Tai Chi, often referred to as “moving meditation,” is an ancient Chinese practice characterized by slow, flowing, low-impact movements and deep breathing. It offers wonderful benefits for any age group and is an incredibly effective and helpful practice for older adults. Potential benefits include:
- improved balance and fall prevention
- relief for arthritis symptoms
- improved blood pressure and circulation
- increased relaxation and stress relief
Tai Chi also taps into the principle of Mindfulness — being able to calmly focus on a single idea, movement, thought, or problem.
The Tai Chi for Health program at the Nā Kūpuna Makamae Senior Center in Honolulu, taught by certified instructor Randal Lau, provides a safe exercise designed specifically to meet the challenges of aging. It is open to all fitness levels and abilities, and is a great way to relax, enjoy yourself and improve your health and overall well-being! The class runs Tue. 10–11am and Fri. 11am–12pm.
Weekly kūpuna activities at the Senior Center in the historic pumping station on Ala Moana Blvd. include: Gentle Yoga & Sound Bath, Hula, Qi Gong, Hawaiian Language, Lauhala Weaving, Pua Culture/Lei-Making Class, Hanafuda, Tech Savvy Seniors, Kūpuna Podcasting, and a monthly Farmers Market.