Slow and Steady Wins the Race with Tai Chi
An introduction to Tai Chi class was held at the Upper Tampa Bay Library in Westchase earlier this week.
Bonnie Birdsall has been teaching Tai Chi for nearly 16 years. She recently held an introduction to Tai Chi for seniors at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. The class was offered free through sponsorship of the Friends of the Library.
Birdsall began the class discussing the history and benefits of Tai Chi. The ancient technique uses slow motions to help improve posture, balance, strength and flexibility while reducing stress. She focused on basics, giving a small sampling of various movements.
This introductory class, while targeted for seniors, included all ages. There were many who had never tried Tai Chi before and some who take classes regularly at other locations. Birdsall modifies the program to meet each individual's needs and abilities.
More classes at this location have not been announced, but if you are interested in more Tai Chi classes at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library, please let the library staff know. Currently, Birdsall teaches a free Tai Chi class at the Jan Platt Library in South Tampa on Fridays at 1pm.
To contact Bonnie Birdsall, go to her website at www.BonnieTBirdsall.com or call 813-215-7642.
For information about Library programs, please visit their website at http://www.thpl.org and select the branch desired for a list of hours and events. The main phone number for all branches is 813-273-3652.