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Healthy Aging Matters:  Discover Tai Chi with Mary Cordray

Join us to learn more about the practice of Tai Chi. This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life. 

Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might well be called "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health.
In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions named for animal actions — for example, "white crane spreads its wings" — or martial arts moves, such as "box both ears." As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention on your bodily sensations as in some kinds of meditation. Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the fittest to people who use wheelchairs or are recovering from surgery. Source: Harvard Medical School

Tai Chi is fun, can be easy to learn, and can improve your balance and flexibility at any age. No previous Tai Chi experience is needed for this course.

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About Mary Cordray

Mary Cordray is certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach a modified Sun style of Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention and Seated Tai Chi. She practices QiGong for Health and Shibashi Qigong. Mary loves sharing the simple, safe, and effective program created by Dr. Paul Lam and medical and Tai Chi experts.

Mary is from Ohio but lived in New York City and Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and California for many years. Mary and her husband enjoy taking day trips or walking in local parks.