Bryant Park


Enjoy the Benefits of Tai Chi at Bryant Park

Join the Tai Chi Chuan Center for World Tai Chi Day and weekly Tai Chi classes on the Fountain Terrace. Proven to have long-term health benefits, tai chi is a great way to start off a busy work day.

In her “Ask Well” column at the New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds was asked, “What are the benefits of tai chi?” Various studies, she wrote, indicate that practitioners of the ancient form of movement have “improved balance, leg strength, cardio-vascular endurance, pulse rate, muscular flexibility, immune system response, happiness, sense of self-worth, and ability to concentrate and multi-task.”

That’s quite a list of benefits, and if that’s not enough, “one study of brains showed that tai chi practitioners showed greater connectivity and other measures of health in the portions of the brain known to be involved with decision-making than those similarly aged persons who did not participate.”   

Bryant Park will soon once again be the best place in the city to practice this healing art. World Tai Chi Day will be celebrated at the park on Saturday, April 25, 11am-2pm. Bryant Park Tai Chi kicks off the following Tuesday, and will be held on the Fountain Terrace each Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30am-8:30am, through September 24.

Now entering its twelfth season, Bryant Park Tai Chi began when Bryant Park Corporation President Dan Biederman, on a trip to China, was impressed with how retirees filled the parks early in the morning and performed activities such as Tai Chi. He brought the idea home, and after modest beginnings, it has become one of the park’s signature programs. Last season was the most successful yet, with an average class size of 46 participants and a peak of 71.

Free and open to all ages and skill levels, Bryant Park Tai Chi is provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi. The program is directed by Jeremy Hubbell, who follows the teachings of the founder of Tai Chi Chuan Center, Grandmaster C.K. Chu. “Master Chu believed that tai chi amounts to a practical philosophy of life,” says Hubbell. “We practice tai chi to stay healthy and want to share the benefits with others. Bryant Park Tai Chi is important to us because it provides us an outlet to do just that.” 

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