In the last decade alone literally thousands of studies have proven meditation is good for the body and the mind. But if sitting still for more than a few minutes doesn’t work for you, or if you simply prefer a more active form of meditation, you might give T’ai Chi a try.
You may have seen older folk practicing T’ai Chi in a public place. It looks something like a martial art, but it’s very gentle. So gentle that it’s a great way for seniors to stay mentally sharp, limber, and maintain balance but it’s also good for anyone’s mental and physical health, regardless of age.
T’ai Chi is an evidence based treatment especially useful for depression and post traumatic stress; and programs are sometimes offered in VA hospitals. Recently, however, the Veterans Administration Community Care Network partnered with Taijifit, LLC to create a new nationwide set of community-based FREE T’ai Chi classes specifically for Veterans. Interfaith Veterans Workgroup member Jessica Lewis is currently Delaware’s only accredited instructor. All T’ai Chi practices are related yet Jessica teaches a particularly fun style called T’ai Chi Chih with only twenty easy-to-learn movements. You don’t need to perform them in a certain order, nor do you need to perform all of them in one session. So, you can learn T’ai Chi Chih at your own pace and fit it into your schedule easily. Like other forms of meditation, it doesn’t work if you don’t do it, so a regular practice is advised.
The brief video below gives you a taste of a T’ai Chi Chih class.
Remember that Veterans are now eligible to take these classes for free! Contact instructor Jessica Lewis for more details.