The Woodward News

August 1, 2013

Tai Chi class offered

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Need to find some balance in your life?

The Woodward County OSU Extension Office can help. OSU Extension Agent Rhonda DeVor will soon be offering a Tai Chi class for the public, beginning this Thursday, Aug. 1.

DeVor, who is also a certified Tai Chi instructor, said the class will teach people movements that will help them improve their balance.

“We're targeting older adults especially to help them build up their balance and avoid falls,” DeVor said.

She said the Tai Chi exercises are “sanctioned by the Health Department and CDC (Centers for Disease Control).”

Those wishing to participate in the class should wear comfortable clothing and flat, non-skid shoes.

“Usually the flatter the shoe the better,” DeVor said, noting “some people even do it barefoot.”

Those with limited mobility may also benefit from Tai Chi exercises, as a flier for the class states that some of the movements can even be performed while sitting down or from a wheelchair.

The Tai Chi classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the conference room at the Woodward County Fairgrounds. “Unless we outgrow that space and then we'll move into the main barn area,” DeVor said.

The entrance to the conference room is the smaller door located to the right of the main doors at the large fair barn.

While there is no fee to participate in the classes, those wishing to join in are encouraged to sign up in advance.

“They need to call the office and sign up because we want to know how many are coming before they come so we have enough room for everyone,” DeVor said.

For more information or to register for the class, call the Woodward County OSU Extension Center at (580) 254-3391.

And if you aren't able to sign up before the first class on Thursday, don't worry. DeVor said that people can still register as the class goes on. The classes will be held through Sept. 26.