Yavapai County Community Health

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Health Instructors in Yavapai

Nuestros educadores de salud ofrecen clases gratis de Tai Chi a los miembros de la comunidad. Las clases se dividen en dos categorias; clases de Tai Chi en interiores para Artitis y prevencion de caidas y clases en interiores y exteriores para la salúd. 

Que es Tai Chi?

El Tai Chi es una práctica suave de ejercicio que lo pueden practicar tanto principiantes así como expertos. En el  centro de servicios de salúd del condado de Yavapai enseñamos el curriculum del Doctor Paul Lam’s Tai Chi Sun-style del instituto de Tai Chi para la salud, Tai Chi del Tai Chi for health institute (TCHI). El Instituto de Tai Chi fue fundado en 2010 por el Doctor Lam y en 2013 fue recomendado por los centros para el control y prevención de enfermedades y el consejo nacional sobre el evenjecimiento. 

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Classes

Our Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention classes are always held inside, where we can ensure a flat surface for emphasis on fall prevention moves. The Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention Program is the same as Tai Chi for Arthritis program, which was recommended by CDC and evidenced based.

Both programs have the same movements and incorporated Tai Chi principles for improving health and wellness, as well as proven effective for fall prevention. The former has even more emphasis on fall prevention while the later focuses more on arthritis. One-hour classes are held once a week for 8 to 12 weeks.

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Tai Chi Hands in pose

Tai Chi for Health Classes

Our Tai Chi for Health classes can be scheduled either inside or outside. These classes are CDC recommended and include the same moves as Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention except the later has additional emphasis on fall prevention.

Community members who want to work on their balance should attend the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention classes. One-hour classes are held once a week for 8 to 12 weeks.

The World’s Largest Fall Prevention Study 2007


This largest fall prevention study in the world involved 702 people. After 16 weeks of learning and practicing a Tai Chi program, the results showed that Tai Chi significantly reduced the number of falls. Tai Chi also significantly reduced the risk of multiple falls by approximately 70%.

The study indicates, “findings from this study indicate that participation in weekly community-based Tai Chi classes can reduce falls in relatively healthy, community-dwelling older people. Given that the Tai Chi program used existing community facilities, the study suggests that Tai Chi is an effective and sustainable public health intervention for falls prevention for older people living in the community.”

Group of people doing Tai Chi

CDC Recommends Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention

Group of people doing Tai Chi


According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three adults over the age of 65 fall each year. Treatment of injuries due to falls is the most expensive health cost, estimated 2015 by CDC to be 31 billion dollars per year in USA. There are many studies on measures to prevent falls. A recent review of 111 randomized trials involving over 55,000 subjects singled out Tai Chi and individually prescribed exercise programs to be effective. With regular practice, Tai Chi improves balance by strengthening muscles and co-ordination. At the same time, Tai Chi strengthens the mind. This helps with improving calmness and confidence in not falling. The largest study about the practice of Tai Chi by people with arthritis, published in the Arthritis Care and Research Journal, found that the Tai Chi for Arthritis program not only reduced pain, but also improved the quality of life.

Tai Chi Forms

Here is an example of the Tai Chi forms you will learn in class.

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