Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Go with the flow

Tai Chi at the library

NEW HAVEN - The public has been invited to explore "the ancient practice of tai chi" in a special 5-class series on the terrace overlooking Elm Street at the downtown branch of the New Haven Public Library. Instruction is designed for adults at a beginners level.

Participants will learn a 10 form set of Yang style tai chi derived from the Yang style 24 form, organizers said. The 24 form is the most widely practiced form in the world, typically what persons in China and Japan practice in parks and sidewalks in front of their apartments each day, organizers said. Participants can expect to have the sequence of movements memorized well enough by the end of the series that they can practice this short set on their own.

Instruction will be provided by Kathleen Brenner, shown on the terrace of the New Haven Public Library, who recently offered a demonstration at the library.
Brenner has studied tai chi for 19 years and has won several gold, silver and bronze medals in international tai chi competitions. She has taught tai chi and Chi Kung to several hundred people of all ages over the last nine years.

The classes will be held from 5:30 toi 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 11 through Oct. 9. A $5 donation is requested for each class. Free parking is available. Registration is required by Sept. 8, either online at www.guidezilla.com/nhfpl or call 946-8835.

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