Tai chi instructor training scheduled Oct. 20-21

ELLSWORTH — On Oct. 20 and 21, Healthy Acadia will host a two-day “Tai Chi 4 Kidz” instructor training with Tai Chi for Health Master Trainer Linda Arksey.

“Tai Chi 4 Kidz” is a Tai Chi for Health program developed by Dr. Paul Lam and his team of medical and tai chi experts to improve flexibility, concentration, energy and muscle strength; increase heart/lung activity; align posture and improve balance; and integrate the mind and body.

“Tai Chi 4 Kidz” features a set of seven gentle moves based on the Sun and Yang styles of tai chi. “Tai Chi 4 Kidz” uses small building blocks of active instruction, incorporating imagery and games throughout each session to capture kids’ attention and add appeal.

“Tai Chi 4 Kidz” can help children of all ages develop increased focus, concentration and coordination. Teachers and parents report improvement in their children’s sport and academic performance with regular tai chi practice.

Those caring for people with dementia have found that incorporating tai chi into their patient’s daily routine has resulted in improvement in their behavior, inter-reaction and ability to concentrate.

Although previous tai chi experience is not essential, “Tai Chi 4 Kidz” instructor training is designed for current tai chi instructors and intermediate to advanced students. It is also designed for educators, physical therapists, physiotherapists, exercise instructors and others who work with children, or with adults living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, who may also benefit from the program.

Participants will learn how to teach this program safely to kids, as well as how to adapt the program for older adults who may be experiencing memory loss.

“Tai Chi 4 Kidz” instructor training will be held at the Moore Community Center, 133 State St., Ellsworth, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21, with registration beginning at 8:30 on Saturday.

Lunch is not provided; an option to pre-order lunch from Flexit Café (Ellsworth) will be available closer to the scheduled workshop dates.

The tuition cost is $250 per student. Register before Sept. 20 and receive the special early bird price of $200.

Qualified participants who successfully complete the course will be accredited by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach the program.

Register online at www.itca.events/TCKME.php or download and print a registration form at www.healthyacadia.org/documents/Tai_Chi_for_Kids_training_Oct18.pdf.

For more information, call Nina Zeldin at 667-7171.

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