Tai Chi for Arthritis in Asheville, NC

Focus     Slow Down     Quiet Your Mind     Listen To Your Body     Flow with Your Breath     Move With Mindful Intent

Tai Chi teaches us to respect the body and to feel whole, to move efficiently, and to live in harmony with our surroundings.  Gentle yet powerful, this mindful movement practice is a welcome complement to Western exercise and medicine.

 WNC Tai Chi For Arthritis & Tai Chi for Health are dedicated to providing and promoting quality Tai Chi programs in the WNC area.  These unique programs, created by the Tai Chi for Health Institute of Sydney, Australia, have reached more than 5 million people world wide.

WNC Tai Chi for Arthritis & Tai Chi for Health  was created to provide

  • competent, committed, certified Tai Chi for Health instructors
  • to increase access and empower middle aged and older adults in Western North Carolina
  • to be proactively engaged in evidence based Tai Chi practices to improve their health and wellness.

Classes are offered at a variety of locations throughout WNC.   Our instructors frequently give lectures and demonstrations for continuing medical education, participate in Health Fairs and conferences to educate the general public and health professionals about the benefits of Tai Chi as a compliment to medical treatment and as an alternative form of fitness training.

What are Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Health ?

Tai Chi for Health (TCH) and Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) are low intensity, weight bearing, mind-body, strengthening, balance and flexibility exercise programs that can be adapted for many conditions

Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence-based program developed by Dr. Paul Lam, a family   physician and a team of tai chi and medical specialists.  It is based on Sun Style Tai Chi.  The program is endorsed by the Center for Disease Control and by the Arthritis Foundation 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 and the mind-body connection.  The TCA Level 1 program can be practiced seated as well as standing.

Dr. Lam and his team of experts have created a series of programs called the Tai Chi for Health programs, to help you improve your health and wellness.  TCA is the foundational program for the Tai Chi for Health series.  Published studies have proven these programs to be safe and effective.  The specially designed programs for health are taught by Dr. Lam’s certified instructors and an instructional DVD exists for each program.   These programs include three of the major styles of Tai Chi.   Sun, Yang, and Chen style movements are adapted in short, easy and enjoyable to learn sequences that deliver significant health benefits.

10 Week Tai Chi Programs beginning  Jan. 4 thru March 21 2016.  Classes offered on Mondays & Wednesdays.

First Baptist Church: 5 Oak St. & I -240
Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 PM   Tai Chi Arthritis Level 1 Bob Plyler, Instructor
Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 PM   Tai Chi Arthritis Level 1 & 2 – Bob & Anne Plyler, Dennis Hagarty Instructors

Homewood Event Center: 19 Zillicoa St.  in the Montford Historic District
Wednesdays 11:00-12:00 AM Tai Chi Arthritis Level 1  – Bob & Anne Plyler instructors
Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 PM Level 2 Beginners (prerequisite is completion of Level 1 TCA) Bob & Anne Plyler Instructors

Wednesdays 1:00 -2:00 Tai Chi for Beginners – Linda Schlensker Instructor
Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 PM – Tai Chi Arthritis Level 1   – Bob & Anne Plyler Instructors
Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 PM* – Advanced Tai Chi for Health – Anne Plyler Instructor

*This class includes TCA Level 1 & 2 (Sun Style) in greater depth, and introductions to Tai Chi for Beginners (Yang Style), Tai Chi for Diabetes (Yang & Sun Style), Tai Chi for Energy (Sun & Chen Style) programs, Qigong,& 5 Animal Frolics on a rotational basis throughout the year. (prerequisite is completion of Level 2 TCA) 

Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church: 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa, NC
Mondays  11:00-12:00 AM  Tai Chi Arthritis Level 1 and Level 2
Level 1 review & refinement for those who’ve completed TCA Level 1 – Anne & Bob Plyler instructors