The martial art of tai chi began as a form of self-defense, but today many people practice the forms and movements of tai chi as a healthy exercise regimen or a method of meditation.
The Norman Public Library will host an Adult and Teen Tai Chi program at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at the library, 225 N. Webster Ave.
Valerie Kimble, a Pioneer Library System librarian and a student of tai chi for many years, will lead the class, which is offered for both adults and teens age 13 and up.
“The movements flow from one to another,” Kimble said. “So tai chi seems more like a dance than a battle.”
Legend credits the origins of Tai chi, or t’ai chi ch’uan, as is its full name, to Chang San-Feng, a 12thcentury Taoist monk who developed a set of 13 exercises that imitate the movements of animals in nature. It is said he emphasized a form of meditation – such as focusing attention or maintaining a specific posture – to promote restoration of body and mind.
The program is part of the library’s monthlong commemoration of the PLS Big Read, which is focused around Amy Tan’s novel “The Joy Luck Club.” Programs will focus on the book and on aspects of Chinese culture.
For more information, call the library at 701-2600.
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