Tai chi class returns to Senior Connection

Published 1:52 pm Thursday, April 19, 2018

By J.R. Tidwell / Editor

Senior Connection in Clanton has brought back a class not seen in the establishment in 10 years, according to director Vanessa McKinney.

RN Linda Coogan of Alaquest Center for Performance Excellence in Pelham is now leading a tai chi class at Senior Connection every other Tuesday at 1 p.m.

The cost to attend the class for members is $4.

“Several people were interested in it, and they wanted to bring it back,” McKinney said. “So we went to find someone to teach the class. [Coogan] has a lot of background in Tai Chi. It is good for fall prevention, and it’s good for your balance and your inner soul and your mind. This class is geared toward senior citizens. That’s why we decided to bring it back. “

According to the Mayo Clinic, tai chi was “originally developed for self-defense. [Now] tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.”

So far, McKinney has been pleased with the number of people who have shown up for the class.

“Turnout has been really good,” she said. “The first day we had 12. Everyone is really enjoying it. We saw smiles all over the place. They love it.”

McKinney said she wants to continue hosting the class at Senior Connection, so long as it remains feasible and members stay interested.

“We hope to continue having it throughout the end of the year for sure,” she said.