“T’ai Chi Chih is not your average exercise class,” says Beatrice Guon, 92, of Elmwood Park. “It’s more like slow dancing if you do it right.”
Mrs. Guon has been an active member of Valley Health Prime Time’s T’ai Chi Chih class for five years, and doesn’t intend on slowing down any time soon. So how does she stay so fit at the age of 92? “I keep on an even keel,” says Mrs. Guon. “I make sure that I have more ‘up time’ and less ‘down time’ every day.”
An avid swimmer for most of her life, Mrs. Guon has always put her full efforts into keeping healthy. She discovered T’ai Chi Chih when she visited her aunt in an assisted living home in Florida. “My aunt raved about how much the class relieved her joint pain,” says Mrs. Guon. “She convinced me to join her for a T’ai Chi session, and I have been hooked ever since.”
T’ai Chi Chih is a series of 20 simple, slow, gentle and continuous movements that build upon strength and improve balance. Its goal is to accumulate, balance and circulate internal energy called “chi” through the meridians (energy pathways), leading to positive physical, mental and spiritual benefits. This practice is appropriate for all ages and body types.
Beginner and intermediate classes for Valley Health Prime Time’s T’ai Chi Chih are held throughout the year at The Luckow Pavilion, One Valley Health Plaza, and The Kraft Center, 15 Essex Road, in Paramus. For registration information, please call 201-291-6467.
Valley Health Prime Time is a free senior-membership program tailored to meet the needs of today's mature adults ages 60 and over. Members benefit socially, physically, emotional, mentally and educationally from Valley Health Prime Time's extensive roster of lectures, workshops, classes, support groups, trips and social events. Members also receive an informative newsletter several times per year.