Tai Chi has been proven to be a safe and effective exercise for older adults. It improves balance, increases strength and flexibility, and helps reduce stress. But, what happens when Google comes up empty on a search for Tai chi classes near me? That is a perfect time to turn to virtual formats that allow for safe instruction without leaving your home.
What Are Virtual Tai Chi Classes
I offer several class formats through the Zoom platform (available for free through the internet or you can install the app to your phone, tablet, or computer). Virtual classes provide the same information and instruction as in-person classes, just delivered virtually.
Most of my virtual programs are 45 minutes in length. You can register for classes including Silver Sneakers Enerchi, Tai Chi for Arthritis (part 1 or part 2), and Tai Chi for relaxation. Each class has unique features, so if you are unfamiliar with tai chi it may be best to ask before registering.
The Advantages of Virtual Tai Chi Classes
Many of my students have come to really enjoy the virtual format for Tai Chi classes. Consider these advantages it offers when compared to in-person classes.
They Are Convenient
Even if you don't drive, you can still take a virtual class right at home.
They Are Cost Effective
I have several options that can make classes more affordable for seniors. For example, you can use your Silver Sneakers membership to cover class fees or sign up for a free fall prevention Tai Chi class through my partnership with Winston-Salem State University.
They Are Private
Thanks to Zoom's speaker view, everyone in the class will be looking at my video feed. So, you don't have to worry about anyone else seeing you practice.
Where To Find Virtual Tai Chi Classes Near Me
As I mentioned earlier, one of the best things about virtual classes is that you can take them form just about anywhere. I have actually taught some of my classes form hotels across the country while traveling and it doesn't affect their quality or effectiveness.
If you really want to find an in-person tai chi class near me, the Tai Chi for Health website has a handy instructor locator tool. Even if each instructor is not currently offering classes, they may be able to point you in the right direction.
A few community resources for local classes include:
Martial arts studios
Give Tai Chi a Try
If you are ready to give tai chi a try, ReActive Fitness is here to help. We offer several virtual class options, with new sessions starting every 12 weeks. If you are near Mocksville, NC, I also teach classes at the Davie Senior Services Wellness Complex. Contact me for more information or to register for an upcoming class series.