This summer I've been taking tai chi training at MGH's Benson-Henry Institute. It is one more move forward in my healthy living program. Friends will tell you that I'm recommending Tai Chi, and especially this particular program, for anyone who has thought about exploring ways to reduce stress, improve balance, and strengthen their bodies.
Why Tai Chi?
My fascination with this form of mind/body exercise began years ago when I would walk in the Boston Public Garden and watch Asian men and women, young and old, practice this ancient art.
In September I added a morning walk to my daily routine. Most days the highlight of that walk is the time I spend in the Public Garden.
Each morning, in the warmer weather, this group of women gather at the Swan Boat landing and work out together.
Why the Benson-Henry Institute?
I've been a long, longtime follower of Herbert Benson, MD, and his research into mind body medicine. I took a Relaxation Response class with him many years ago and have kept up with his work at Harvard and MGH and read a number of his books and audio books.
When I decided to take tai chi training, I felt assured the staff there would be of the highest caliber and the training would be focused on goals that would fit my needs.
The next set of classes will not be scheduled until fall, but there are resources available online for meditation and to learn more about the other programs they offer.
I recommend that you contact them now by email and tell them what program you would like to join. I did and they let me know when registration opened for the classes.
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2017 Penny & Ed Cherubino