Blog : GateWay Taiji, Qigong and Yoga Offering New Beginner Balance Class

By Kyle | Jul 25, 2014 | in

Nearly 1 in 3 people over 65 fall each year due to balance impairment. Balance impairment is a serious health issue that affects millions of Americans. With the practice of yoga and taiji (pronounced “tai chi”) it is possible to improve balance, strength and mobility. Starting on October 7th, Gateway Taiji, Qigong and Yoga are offering a beginners class of Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. This 12-week session includes two classes a week every Tuesday and Thursday 11:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Developed by Dr. Fuzhong Li at the Oregon Research Institute and endorsed by the HHS Administration on Aging, tai chi and yoga are proven to significantly decrease the likelihood of disabling falls. This program has the ability to reduce a participant’s risk and fear of falling by 55%, improve postural stability and walking ability in patients with Parkinson’s disease and improve quality of sleep and well-being.

Join founder of Gateway and expert instructor Bill Buckley for Moving for Better Balance in Gateways beautiful, sunlit studio. Buckley has been practicing and teaching taiji and qigong (chi kung) for over 25 years. An expert in his field, Buckley is equipped to teach participants from a wide age range (participants usually range in age from 40-85) movements emphasizing weight-shifting, postural alignment, coordinated movements, and visual and breathing techniques.

For more information about this course click here.

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