Moving For Better Balance

Free Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance Classes Begin February 7

Posted on January 24, 2017

In collaboration with Rice County Public Health and Southeastern Minnesota Area Agency on Aging , Northfield Retirement Community will offer a free Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance workshop series, beginning February 7. 

Tai Ji Quan is a group-based exercise class designed to help older adults improve balance and reduce the likelihood of falling through the use of slow coordinated movements. Participants will enhance balance skills, body alignment, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility.

The Tai Ji Quan program uses eight forms as part of the core routine, with movements that focus on improving sensory motor and cognitive functions. Movements are combined with breathing and focused attention to help engage both body and mind. These are modifiable and can be done in a chair or holding on to a chair for support. All classes include a warm-up, core routine and end with a cool down and breathing practice. Classes are facilitated by a trained leader, and participants meet for one hour, twice a week for 12 weeks.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 7–March 16, from 2 to 3 p.m., at Northfield Retirement Community, 910 Cannon Valley Drive West, Northfield.

This workshop series is free, but pre-registration is required by February 6. Please call Amy Belcher at 507-664-7346 to register or register online at