Tai Chi for Arthritis in Asheville, NC

Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence-based program developed by Dr. Paul Lam, a family medicine physician and a team of medical experts and martial artists.  The program is supported by the Center for Disease Control and by Arthritis Foundations world-wide because it is shown to be effective in decreasing pain, stiffness and risk for falls while improving balance and postural stability, strength, endurance, coordination, cognitive focus, immune system function, sleep, quality of life and the mind-body connection.  Tai Chi for Arthritis is shown to be effective in Fall Prevention and symptom relief with: Arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Stress, Depression, Osteoporosis, Cardiopulmonary Disorders, and Diabetes.  Tai Chi for Arthritis is a low intensity, mind-body, strengthening, balance and flexibility exercise program that can be adapted for many conditions .  The program can be performed seated as well as standing.

Evidence based programs must be rigorous, and extensively evaluated using a control/comparison group, with documented and published outcomes. Evidence has shown the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi exercise program meets the highest level criteria for Patient Centered Community Programs. More about the program.

WNC Tai Chi for Arthritis programs run for 12 weeks throughout the year.  Research supports 50 hours of practice within a 12 week period is the minimum amount of time needed for effective results. Many students continue the program indefinitely to enhance their personal practice and to enjoy socialization with the supportive community among Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis followers here in Asheville. We are now offering a 6 week introductory program at the Jewish Community Center (1:00-2:00)and a 6 week bridge program is offered during the months of November & December to accommodate the holidays at First Baptist Church.  These are designed to allow students to begin the program and then continue after the first 6 weeks with any of the 12 week programs.  Seniors and older adults are encouraged to explore Tai Chi for Fall Prevention and health maintenance. Physical Therapists and PTA’s receive 12 hours continuing education credit for the course.


First Baptist Church 5 Oak St. & I -240
Wednesday 5:00-6:00 PM and 7:30-8:30 PM – 12 week program of Tai Chi Arthritis Level I & II
Instructors Bob & Anne Plyler

Homewood Event Center 19 Zillicoa St. in the Montford Historic District
Wednesday 11:00-12:00 am – 12 week program of Tai Chi Arthritis Level I
Instructors Bob & Anne Plyler

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Click the register button and make sure to indicate the class you are interested in. Download or open and print the participant release form. Checks for the entire series are payable at the first class to First Baptist Church of Asheville or the Jewish Community Center. Please feel free to contact us for more information or special needs.