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Hi everyone.

One of the things I most enjoy about writing this column is bringing interesting events/classes to you. Today, we’ll be rejoining an old friend, Meryll Gobler, resource coordinator for Rohlffs Manor.

Meryll contacted me recently about the tai chi program that she is presenting, open to the public, at Rohlffs Manor Community Hall.

I was thrilled to hear about this class, as I’ve been thinking about joining a tai chi class. As some of you know, as we get a little older, our joints aren’t as limber as they once were, and I have been reading a lot, lately, about how beneficial the slow and graceful movements of tai chi is. Some call it “meditation in motion.” I’ve read, also, how tai chi improves our core muscle strength which, in turn, improves our balance and coordination.

This tai chi class is based on an ancient series of movements which can be helpful in reducing pain and improving mental and physical well-being. It uses gentle sun-style tai chi routines that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level.

The program is being offered on Wednesday afternoons at 2 p.m. This is an ongoing class and we must pre-register, by calling 312-0061. Classes are $3 a session. The classes last an hour, with a break in the middle.

Rohlffs Manor is at 2400 Fair Drive, Napa.

This is an on-going class, and Meryll has made it available for five years, with the same devoted teacher, Tim Gaskell. Many have been with him from the very beginning and have advanced to his intermediate class. Tim also teaches tai chi at Synergy, and has taught tai chi for 18 years, and martial arts for 24 years His family owns the Guangxi Martial Arts – Tyrrell Academy.

Meryll kindly sent me notes of a few of the students’ comments on how this class has helped them:

“Tai chi practice has helped with better balance.”

“I have had good results in my painful knee joints, less pain and a good range of motion.”

“My range of motion in neck and knee was very limited and quite painful. I was not a very pleasant person. By taking these tai chi classes, my pain has almost gone completely and my range of motion has greatly improved. My inner well-being and stress have greatly improved.”

“I enjoy the opportunity, also, of making new friends.”

They are singing’ my song. How about you? I’ll be signing up, soon.

Also, before we leave Meryll and Rohlffs Manor, I’d like to tell you about a July program, also at Rohlffs, which we’ll be talking about a little closer to the event. It will be a free legal clinic for seniors, age 60 and older or individuals who are income qualified. Attorneys and volunteer law students will meet one-on-one with residents to prepare power of attorney for finance, advanced healthcare directives and simple wills. Save the date: Tuesday, July 11 from 1-5 p.m.

As always happens, our time together is sweet, but short. Make sure you make every day of your life count. Love it, live it and find the pure joy of it!

See you next week.

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