LEXINGTON, KY (February 11, 2005) In an effort to improve the health of Kentucky’s citizens, the Kentucky Horse Park is offering Tai Chi classes free of charge.
According to Linda Brantley, Entertainment Coordinator for the park, “Since our museum’s Imperial China exhibit in 2000, Kentucky’s interest in Chinese culture has continued to grow. Our Tai Chi classes here at the park are in response to this growing curiosity and an outgrowth of our desire to give the public another option for fitness. That’s why we’re offering these classes free of charge as a public service.
“A little-known benefit of Tai Chi that should be of particular interest to horse people is that it can improve one’s balance on horseback.”
Tai Chi Chuan is one of the great cultural heritages of China. Beginning as an ancient martial art, Tai Chi has evolved into a highly refined system of exercise and personal development. It consists of a series of slow, continuous movements designed to relax and develop the entire body. The aim is to build up the body’s internal strength, suppleness and stamina and help alleviate stress by gently building strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination.
Graceful and intriguing positions with names like “white crane lifts wings” and “grasp the bird’s tail,” are part of the art of Tai Chi, which has been made popular across the U.S. through blockbuster movies such as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
William Wojasinski, Director of the Kentucky Yang Chen Fu Tai-Chi Chuan Center leads the class along with Linda Brantley, an instructor for the center and Entertainment Coordinator for the park. Classes are currently held inside, but as spring approaches, the classes will move outside in the fresh air and sunshine.
For more information, contact Linda Brantley at 859-259-4223 or at email@example.com.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the park hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.