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  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, 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 Level 1 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 our Tai Chi exercise program meets the highest level criteria for Patient Centered Community Programs. Learn more about the program.

We offer a series of 12 week programs 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 our supportive community. We offer a 6 week bridge program during the months of November & December to accommodate holidays. Seniors and older adults are encouraged to explore Tai Chi for Fall Prevention and health maintenance.

The North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy awards 12 points of continuing education credit for physical therapists and PTA’s who successfully complete the Level I course taught by Anne Plyler (11-12:00, 2:30-3:30 at Homewood Event Center, or 7:30-8:30 @ First Baptist); see their web site for details: continuing competence activity code #0472010C http://www.ncptboard.org


12 Week Tai Chi for Arthritis Programs beginning  May 6 – July 29, 2015


12 Week Tai Chi for Arthritis Programs beginning  August 26 – Nov. 11, 2015

First Baptist Church: 5 Oak St. & I -240
Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 PM   Tai Chi Arthritis Level 1 – Brenda Walker 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 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
Fridays 9:30-10:30 AM starting 4/17/2015- 5/22/15 Tai Chi Arthritis Level 1 Advanced -Kim Heiselman instructor