Members of the Tuesday and Thursday Tai Chi class presented Tai Chi instructor and Master Trainer Mark Coffindaffer (pictured above in the Santa hat) with a contribution to help defray the costs for his training this month in Australia.
In the card, the class participants thanked him for helping them to “find their chi and keep their balance”.
Coffindaffer is a certified instructor in Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tai Chi for Energy, Tai Chi for Osteoporosis, Tai Chi for Kidz, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation and Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis. He brings his expertise and talent to the Center through a partnership with the YMCA.
Tai Chi has numerous health benefits and has been proven to improve a host of medical conditions such as muscular pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, and arthritis to name just a few. Because it is a low impact workout, it is especially helpful to seniors. Concentrating on breathing along with rhythmic movements, it has a calming effect; however it is a genuine workout that, although slow-paced, can burn more calories than surfing and nearly as many as downhill skiing!
Members of the class include among others Pam Amos, Certified Tai Chi Instructor Carol E. Brown, R. Carol Brown, Joanne Feldman, Ginny Gould, Nick Gould, Mardell Hager, Woody Hamrick, Areitha Hamrick, Judy Hileman, Donna Hill, Sue Hurst, Julie Hyman, Helen Jones, Fran Lopez, Jeff Merriner, Bill O’Field, Mary Etta Randolph, Joan Sendling, Suzanne Skaggs, and Violet Wilmoth.