Newton, NC – On Wednesdays at noon, the Catawba County Library is partnering with Dr. George Place, certified tai chi instructor and director of the Catawba County Cooperative Extension, to introduce residents to the practice of tai chi in weekly virtual sessions.

To participate, visit on Wednesday mornings to get the Zoom meeting code. You can also visit to register and receive the code.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and regular practice is recommended in order to reap the rewards of improved sleep, stamina, energy, blood pressure, and mood.

Developed in China as a form of self-defense, tai chi is better known in the modern world for its slow, intentional movements and deep breathing. It’s been referred to as ‘meditation in motion.’

The gentle, self-paced progression of tai chi positions has been determined to help reduce stress and anxiety while increasing flexibility and balance. In this respect, it’s especially beneficial if you’re an older adult looking to maintain your mobility and independence.

These classes can be done at your desk or in front of your computer during a quick 30-minute break, and no exercise equipment is required.

If you’d like more opportunities to practice, Dr. Place leads twice-monthly excursions to county parks, where he combines a half-hour of tai chi with an hour-long hike. The next one takes place from 3 pm till 4:30 pm on Tuesday, July 6 at Riverbend Park (6700 NC Hwy 16, Conover). Register to participate at

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Photo: Cooperative Extension director and tai chi instructor Dr. George Place.