Whether you are seeking to tone your body or transform your mind, the Joy of Movement offers a variety of classes each month for which beginners and drop-ins are welcome.
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T’ai Chi for Body Awareness | Dan Pasek
T’ai Chi for Body Awareness emphasizes practices that bring awareness to how the body is properly used. Adults typically use their bodies unconsciously for many functions, including such basic things as walking and breathing, but this is using habits, and those habits can be less than ideal. This art’s roots in the martial arts means that practitioners needed to be aware of aspects of how their body was used while under the challenges and pressures of an opponent. Therefore, refinements were needed and habitual postural and movement patterns were changed to be more efficient and structurally sound and stable. Today Taijiquan (T’ai Chi) is more commonly studied as a health practice rather than as a martial art. But the efficiencies learned from its martial arts roots have been found to have numerous potential health benefits. Aspects like awareness, balance, stress reduction, proper breathing and other practices all aid those seeking health and wellness. But we still need to become aware of habits in order for refinements to occur.
Dan holds classes every other Sunday at 2:30 p.m.; please check the JOM class schedule. Cost: $15 per class.