Fighting stress, the Chinese way
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An attendee at a recent Qigong/Tai Chi class practices her technique. Coupled with Qigong, Kennesaw State University’s Osher Institute is offering two unique classes with the goal of improving students’ well-being.<br>Photos courtesy of KSU
An attendee at a recent Qigong/Tai Chi class practices her technique. Coupled with Qigong, Kennesaw State University’s Osher Institute is offering two unique classes with the goal of improving students’ well-being.
Photos courtesy of KSU
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Medical research has found evidence that Tai Chi is helpful for improving balance and psychological health, and that it is associated with general health benefits in older people.

The ancient Chinese martial art of form is performed without high impact and uses minimal strenuous activity. Coupled with Qigong, Kennesaw State University’s Osher Institute is offering two unique classes with the goal of improving students’ well-being. Qigong is the practice of aligning body, breath, and mind for health, meditation, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine and philosophy, it’s traditionally viewed as a method to cultivate and balance what has been translated as “life energy.” Upcoming courses include:

- Qigong/Tai Chi for Seniors I: Starts July 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. Cost: $119

- Qigong/Tai Chi for Seniors II: Starts July 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. Cost: $119

“I like it when my students leave feeling a little stronger and smarter from having come to the class,” said Phil Robinson, instructor of both courses. “If they leave feeling aglow, then I’ve done my job.” Techniques taught include:

- Stronger posture

- Improved balance

- Strengthened and toned muscles

- Enhanced concentration

- Proper breathing

Students also benefit from learning new ways to improve health, reduce stress and defend themselves.

For more information or to register, call (770) 423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com.

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