The Whole U is offering free Tai Chi classes and Chinese language courses this fall.
Tai Chi 8-week series
Tai Chi is an ideal aerobic exercise for any age and can be practiced for a lifetime. Tai Chi helps maintain spine health and increase bone density. It is beneficial to the cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, and digestive systems, while also improving balance and the circulation of chi, an energy force that underlies traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. These classes will help improve skills of self-centering, body relaxation, and slow breathing while practicing form movements, while increasing flexibility, leg strength, coordination, and balance. Classes start October 12. Choose between one of the two sessions:
- Yang Style Tai Chi, which gives in-depth, step-by-step instruction on the 24 form movements and Qigong warm-ups (noon to 1:00 PM). Register here.
- Chen Style Tai Chi, which covers Chen Style Tai Chi Silk Reeling and Qigong warm-ups (1:00 PM to 2:00 PM). Register here.
Chinese travel language 8-week series
Thinking of traveling to China or communicating with your colleagues from China? Ready to take your Chinese proficiency to the next level? Register for one of these Language Tourism Chinese Course series for UW faculty and staff, starting October 16.
- Level 1 (noon to 12:55 PM): This 8-week course is designed for non-Chinese speakers who need help communicating while traveling in China. By the end of the course, you will be able to master the basic vocabularies for traveling, develop Mandarin (Putonghua) listening and speaking skills in order to understand common topics, and gain familiarity with Chinese culture. Register here.
- Level 3 (1:00 PM to 1:55 PM): By the end of the course, you will be able to master the basic vocabularies for traveling and everyday conversation in China, improve Mandarin (Putonghua) listening and speaking skills in order to understand common topics, and gain additional familiarity with Chinese culture. Register here.