Tai Chi @ the Library
The Stillwater Public Library offered Tai Chi as part of its five month 2017 Simple Steps to Better Health program . By popular demand, the library continues to offer the following opportunities:
Weekly Tai Chi
A weekly Tai Chi class is taught by Danielle Shreve. To qualify for this class, participants must have either completed six full weeks of Tai Chi during the Simple Step program or they must fully complete the Beginner Series, described below.
Lisa O'Donnell will teach a six week Tai Chi series each semester. Upon completion of the series, participants may then progress to the weekly class, if space is available.
Each semester, the Beginner Series will focus on one of the health benefits of Tai Chi, for example, stress reduction.
The Beginner Series includes:
- Instruction on the 8 basic moves used in the library's Tai Chi classes
- Instruction on the selected health benefit through Ted Talks and other material
- Weekly goal making related to the health benefit
- Group discussion on goal progress
Tai Chi Method
The library uses the Tai Chi instruction provided by the Oklahoma Department of Health's "Tai Chi for Better Balance" program.
The eight basic movements include:
STEP 1 - Hold the Ball - exercise card
STEP 2 - Part the Wild Horse's Mane - exercise card
STEP 3 - Single Whip - exercise card
STEP 4 - Wave Hands Like Clouds - exercise card
STEP 5 - Repulse the Monkey - exercise card
STEP 6 - Brush Knee - exercise card
STEP 7 - Fair Lady Works at Shuttles - exercise card
STEP 8 - Grasp the Peacock's Tail - exercise card
Instruction from OK Healthy Aging Initiative
Instruction with more dance-like movements
Tai chi by Robert Perry 613.7 PAR
The Essence of Tai Chi by Waysun Liao 613.714 LIA
The Harvard medical school guide to tai chi :12 weeks to a healthy body, strong heart, and sharp mind by Peter M Wayne 613.7148 WAY
Discover tai chi with Scott Cole [videorecording] : AM & PM workouts DVD 613.7 DIS
Tai chi : moving for better balance [videorecording] DVD 613.7148
For information about upcoming Tai Chi opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.