Parks and rec district sponsoring two free Tai Chi classes in April

By Stefanie Donahue

Certified tai chi and health qigong instructor Kelly Hong-Williams is offering a 10-session introduction to Tai Chi in May. Before it starts, she’s inviting the public to give it a try for free.

Sponsored by the Blaine-Birch Bay Parks and Recreation District-2, Hong-Williams’ course will focus on teaching the practices of qigong and tai chi and will help to improve breathing, movement, awareness and balance.

For those who are new to qigong, it’s an ancient Chinese practice that uses physical exercise to develop breathing control skills and closely relates to tai chi. It’s known to reduce anxiety, depression and chronic pain while promoting energy and strength.

The 10-week course begins at 9 a.m. on May 1 and costs $75. The two free intro classes will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, April 10 and 17. All classes take place at the Birch Bay Activity Center, located at 7511 Gemini Street in Blaine.

To register, call 360/656-6416 or visit Eight people must register for the course to take place.

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