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Yoga, tai chi for seniors continues in February

The Newton Parks & Recreation Department and the Catawba County Council on Aging will offer "Yoga for Seniors" and "Tai Chi for Seniors" in February for a suggested donation of $3 per class to those ages 55 and over.

Yoga class will be held at the Newton Recreation Center from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 7 and ending Feb. 28. The class will introduce participants to basic postures and techniques used in yoga to relax the body and calm the mind.

Instructor Marjorie Blubaugh is certified to teach yoga and has more than 20 years of experience practicing and teaching yoga. She will provide individual attention to physical limitations presented by each class member and will offer alternative movements to prevent any discomfort.

Tai chi class will be held at the Newton Recreation Center from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Fridays beginning Feb. 1 and ending Feb. 22. Instructor Carol Feezell brings more than 10 years of experience in teaching tai chi. 

Exercise is vital to remaining healthy throughout the many stages of life, and at no time is it more important than when one begins to experience the natural degeneration of joints, bones and muscles that come with aging.

Tai chi is an ideal exercise that is gentle on the joints, with its slow movements gradually increasing strength and improving balance. Deep breathing promotes relaxation and creates a calmness that in turn lowers stress levels.

For more information, call the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at (828) 695-4317, or visit www.newtonnc.gov.