Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"A Window to Japanese Culture", T'ai Chi classes at Pitt's Lifelong Learning Institute this spring.

The University of Pittsburgh's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers non-credit classes for adults aged 50 and over, and this spring's course catalog includes "A Window to Japanese Culture" and three levels of T'ai Chi. The course description of the former:
Japanese culture holds intriguing differences from Western cultures. For instance, it is a very homogenous society, a factor that has greatly influenced Japanese culture and way of life. We cover some historical background of Japan and its relationship to neighboring countries and how it flourished by maintaining closed borders. As we discuss Japan's traditions with family, social order, and arts, group members are encouraged to share experiences within their culture as well as experiences with Japan and the Japanese culture. Limited to 20 people.
And a course description for the first level of T'ai Chi Ch'uan:
T'ai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of exercise that builds strength, balance, and flexibility. It improves posture through slow, fluid movements combined with mental imagery and deep breathing. Research has shown it reduces the risk of falls, lowers blood pressure, and reduces the pain and stiffness of arthritis. Other studies indicate the practice of T'ai Chi improves heart and blood vessel function in both healthy people and those with heart conditions. Eight simple but challenging movements introduce basic principles of T'ai Chi. This level may be repeated a number of times. This course is limited to 20 people.
Registration information and additional course descriptions are available in the course catalog (.pdf file).