New Tai Chi Balance Classes in Ventura

Multi-ethnic group of adults practicing tai chi in park. Main focus on senior man (60s) in blue shirt.

Join as a participant or attend training and serve as an instructor.

It’s the new year! Let’s improve our balance together and kick off a year of wellness by enrolling in one of three free senior Tai Chi classes starting in January. Registration is open now by calling 805-385-8019.

Or consider joining the program as a trained, certified volunteer instructor! The free training will be held the first weekend of February. No experience is needed. Call 805-385-8023 to learn more about this opportunity to serve your community.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is a 12-week program offered by Oxnard RSVP and focused on improving the mobility and balance of older adults. Classes are free, designed for those age 50 and older, and taught by certified senior volunteers.

The evidence-based program consists of a simplified eight-form routine of Yang-style Tai Chi. Intended for beginners who can walk easily with or without assistive devices, it teaches participants balance skills and good body alignment by using coordinated and flowing movements. The classes have been proven to reduce repeated falls by 55%.

New classes are offered in Ventura at the following locations:

CMH Wellness and Fitness Center, 2723 E. Main Street, January 8, T/F, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption, 3175 Telegraph Road, January 14, M/W, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The Bonaventure, 10949 Telegraph Road, January 29, T/TH, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

New participants are accepted only until the third class of each session. Another class located near the Ross store on Telephone and Main is tentatively scheduled to start in late February.

New volunteer instructors will be trained February 1 and 2. You must be 55 and older to volunteer. Training is free and new volunteers are asked to commit to teaching at least two full sessions following certification.

RSVP is a volunteer recruitment and placement program, helping people 55 and older find volunteer positions that match their interests, talent and available time. The Oxnard RSVP has almost 575 members and is sponsored by the City of Oxnard. To learn more about being an RSVP member or to discuss other volunteer opportunities, call 805-385-8023.

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