For readers of the Sunset Beacon: There is a new Tai Chi Chih class happening at 40th Avenue and Vicente Street at the South Sunset Community Center. Classes are held outdoors, right near the playground/basketball courts. They are taught by master Tai Chi Chih practitioner Judy Hubbell. Judy is a former voice faculty member at City College and also was director of its Older Adult Program. She is a longtime practitioner of both TCC and yoga.
The free classes are a partnership with SF Rec. and Park and Self Help for the Elderly. They meets on Tuesday afternoons, 1-2:30 p.m. There are currently over 20 students. Watching the group in action is a beautiful experience; Judy has a soundtrack on that perfectly complements the flowing movements.
Recently, District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar made an appearance and spoke to the crowd; Rec. and Park folks were also on hand because they are planning to renovate the building.
Tai Chi Chih is an abbreviated form of the more well-known Tai Chi Chuan. It is a gentler moving meditation practice that falls under the umbrella of Qi Gong. Benefits include relaxation and stress reduction, and better balance, posture and alignment.