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Tai Chi class focuses on balance

Tai Chi class focuses on balance
Kathleen Ellyn

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on March 8, 2017 3:01PM

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainMembers of the Tuesday and Thursday Tai Chi class at Community Connection practice their movements. Left to right foreground, Areille and Johna Marcum of Enterprise. Left to right background, Connie Ferguson, 86, and Instructor Sue Rynearson, both of Joseph.

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainMembers of the Tuesday and Thursday Tai Chi class at Community Connection practice their movements. Left to right foreground, Areille and Johna Marcum of Enterprise. Left to right background, Connie Ferguson, 86, and Instructor Sue Rynearson, both of Joseph.

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Sue Rynearson of Joseph, a certified Tai Chi Instructor, is again offering free classes in Tai Chi at the Community Connection cafeteria Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Her focus for the class is stretching with an emphasis on balance. The class is especially good for individuals with physical limitations or those who have just “graduated” from physical therapy or are post surgery.

“I’ve had people with MS, Parkinson’s, or wheel chair bound, all benefit from Tai Chi,” Rynearson said. “It’s a balance and core development class for everyone.”

The mind and body is always seeking balance, Rynearson explained, so part of Tai Chi is to push the individual off balance and train their muscles to find balance in the stretching or new position. The class aims to meet each individual where they are and no one is encouraged to push beyond their abilities.

Just reminding the body of where each muscle group is and how it works to help maintain strength and balance is effective in strengthening core and improving balance, Rynearson said.

The classes are free and no registration is required. There is no age or condition requirement. Community Connection is located at 702 NW First Street, Enterprise.



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