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Tai Chi and Chi-Gung offered at library

Learn gentle health exercises

A series of introductory classes in Tai Chi and Chi-Gung, ancient Chinese systems for exercise and health, will be offered at the White Salmon Valley Community Library.

Instructor Janet Essley will lead the series called Cloud Hands at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, Thursdays, March 18, and 25, Tuesday, March 30, and Thursday, April 1.

Tai Chi and Chi-gung are gentle health exercises designed especially for meditation, and the development of self-discipline and a sense of well-being.

This series is designed for the beginner, but is also an opportunity of the more experienced to practice their skills.

Participants may come once, twice or to all five classes.

Essley describes the series as "Everything you wanted to know about Tai Chi and Chi-Gung but were afraid to ask."

Participants will learn the basics of Tai Chi and Chi-Gung. The exercises are for all ages and physical abilities. They can be done sitting in a chair or standing. They involve neither high kicks nor weight lifting. If you can sit in a chair and move your arms, you can enjoy Tai Chi and Chi-Gung.

In addition to the exercises, Essley will share library resources available on the topic.

Comfortable clothing is recommended.

Essley has studied Tai Chi and Chi-Gung for 30 years and has been teaching for 10 years. She trained with David Leung, a native of Hong Kong and George Xu, a native of Shanghai.

For more information call the library, 493-1132.


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