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Healthy Acadia Offers “Tai Chi for Health” Classes

The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi is a martial art form that combines slow, deliberate movement sequences with focused breathing exercises. Regular tai chi practice has been proven to improve relaxation, flexibility, balance, concentration, and muscle strength, and can help to relieve pain and reduce symptoms of chronic disease. Healthy Acadia’s “Tai Chi for Health” program provides residents of Downeast Maine with an opportunity to experience the health benefits of tai chi – for free.

Since 2014, Healthy Acadia has offered, “Tai Chi for Health” classes in communities across Hancock and Washington counties, and has attracted over 500 participants to date. The “Tai Chi for Health” program, created by Dr. Paul Lam, founder of the Tai Chi Institute for Health, is evidenced-based and sessions are offered worldwide. Classes employ a step-by-step teaching method, which makes tai chi easy to learn. “Tai Chi for Health” offers proven health benefits and can be enjoyed by people of all ages, at all levels of physical ability.

“The Tai Chi classes have been a great way to get exercise and do stretching in a peaceful and stress-free setting,” said Rai (last name withheld). “Mia is a wonderful instructor with a comforting and knowledgeable presence.”

Healthy Acadia currently offers free, eight-week, “Tai Chi for Health” sessions at eleven locations, from Bucksport to Calais. While classes are free, a $5 per-class donation is suggested to help cover costs. Fall/winter sessions will begin this month at several locations.  Visit the “What’s New!” section at for the current schedule of “Tai Chi for Health” classes.

Additional “Tai Chi for Health” classes may be scheduled according to demand. To inquire about tai chi classes in your community, contact Nina Zeldin at 667-7171 or [email protected].

For more information about “Tai Chi for Health” or other programs offered by Healthy Acadia, please visit


Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that engages in a broad range of initiatives to build healthier communities and make it easier for people to lead healthy lives across Washington and Hancock counties, Maine. Learn more at

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