Gentle Tai Chi - Qigong

Friday, May 7, 2021 at 1:00pm

Kaleidoscope Dance
2848 S Carriage Lane
Mesa, AZ 85202

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Gentle Tai Chi - Qigong with Trudy

Gentle Tai Chi-Qigong consists of gentle Qigong (Chee gung) stretches and Tai Chi (Tie chee) movements that help improve circulation and release stress. Gentle Tai Chi was developed specifically for seniors and people with Parkinson's but is great for any age. Because the moves are stationary, it is an ideal form of exercise for anyone that has balance issues. Moves can be done sitting if needed.

This class starts with 30 minutes of warm-up activities from the 4000-year-old practice of Qigong:
- Stretches
- Breathwork

- Movements to stimulate/improve
 - Joint flexibility
 - circulation
 - Posture
 - Relaxation.

The second half of class is the practice of stationary movements taken from the 2000-year-old practice of Tai Chi. Each movement is repeated 3-5 times to each side using either gentle forward-back or side-to-side rocking motions.

These moves help improve:

- Balance
- Brain health (stimulate neural pathways)
- Stamina
- Inner Core Strength

Class Length: 55 minutes

Class Price: $12 Drop-In, $40 for 4 classes

Instructor: Trudy Sherman

Gentle Tai Chi, Line Dance, Kids Dance, Kids Science

Trudy started dancing when she was 6 and continued to dance all the way through college. She enjoyed doing tap, ballet, jazz, acrobatics, folk dance, and square dance.  In her adult years she attended many years of Jazzercise and Zumba classes with a few years of clogging added in for good measure.

In 1998 Trudy took her first class in tai chi with her mom. Her interest in the whole body benefits of tai chi grew as she watched the positive effects it had on reducing her mother's symptoms from post-polio syndrome. In 2013 Trudy was certified as an Easy (Gentle) Tai chi instructor.

Trudy has a technical side as well, with a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering and a Ph D in Computer Science. For over 30 years she has taught hands-on science classes and workshops to children and young teens, Her favorite topics are magnetism, electricity, static electricity, physics, matter, and computer fundamentals.

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