New Tai Chi Balance Classes in Ventura

Instructors practicing during their refresher training with the master trainer.

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

Whether your goal this Spring is to do something for your community or something about that prickly balance problem, Tai Chi could be the answer!

Two new free senior Tai Chi classes start in April as does training to become a certified volunteer Tai Chi instructor. Registration is now open for both by calling 805-385-8019.

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 program is offered in Ventura, Oxnard, and Camarillo.

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 repeat falls by 55%.

New volunteer instructors will be trained in two full-day sessions on April 26 and 27. You must be 55 and older to volunteer. Training is free, but a commitment to teach at least two full sessions following certification is required.

New classes are offered at the following locations:

CMH Wellness and Fitness Center, 2723 E. Main Street, beginning April 2

Our Lady of the Assumption, 3175 Telegraph Road, beginning April 8

Pre-registration is required. New participants are accepted only until the third class of each session.

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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