Tai Chi for Wellness: Focusing on Heart and Lung Health

Join the UCI Health Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute a series of virtual 30-minute, instructor-led group tai chi classes, specially developed to support heart and lung patients, and those who support them. One of two instructors — Hui Hwang, LAc, and Scott Phelps, LAc — will teach the classes.

The program is offered via Zoom once a week for six (6) weeks on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The program also provides daily practice recordings.

Cost is free to attend.

Class structure

  • Five (5) minutes: warm-up
  • 15 minutes: tai chi movements
  • 10 minutes: guided breathing exercises

We'll teach you how to evaluate your exercise tolerance level and modify your activity.

What is tai chi?

  • A form of martial arts, it originated in China thousands of years ago. 
  • Characterized as a graceful exercise that's now used for stress reduction and other health conditions, it has been shown to improve muscle strength, flexibility and balance.
  • It's frequently described as "meditation in motion."
  • It promotes mind-body connection through gentle and flowing movements.
  • All ages can practice tai chi

Tai chi's benefits for patients with heart and lung conditions include:

  • Reducing the risks of cardiovascular and respiratory disease
  • Improving cardiopulmonary health
  • Improving physical function
  • Improving quality of life

You're welcome to register for multiple class series.

Schedule

Fridays, 11-11:30 a.m.

  • Series 2: Aug. 27, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24, Oct. 1
  • Series 3: Oct. 8, 15, 22, and 29, Nov. 5 and 12
  • Series 4: Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, Feb. 4 and 11
  • Series 5: Feb. 18 and 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25
  • Series 6: April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, May 6
  • Series 7: May 13, 20 and 27, June 3,10 and 17

Nursing students

Nursing students from community schools may attend this class. When registering, please indicate that you are a nursing student when entering your name. At the beginning of class, please also notify the instructor that you are a student.

Contact:

Patient Health Education Department
657-282-6357

Registration Instructions:

Registration is required. This is a series of six (6) online classes. Classes are typically offered on consecutive Fridays from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

By registering for the first class in a series, you are registered for all six classes in that series. Late registrations are welcome. Call 657-282-6357 for late registrations.

If you are a nursing student, please indicate so when entering your name. 

Dates Offered:

Friday, October 08, 2021 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

When you register for the Oct. 8, 2021, class, you are registering for the whole virtual Tai Chi class series: Fridays Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29, Nov. 5 and 12.

Friday, January 07, 2022 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

When you register for the Jan. 7, 2022, class, you are registering for the whole virtual Tai Chi class series: Fridays Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28, Feb. 4 and 11.

Friday, February 18, 2022 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

When you register for the Feb. 18, 2022, class, you are registering for the whole virtual Tai Chi class series: Fridays Feb. 18 and 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Friday, April 01, 2022 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

When you register for the April 1, 2022, class, you are registering for the whole virtual Tai Chi class series: Fridays April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, May 6.

Friday, May 13, 2022 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

When you register for the May 13, 2022, class, you are registering for the whole Tai Chi class series: Fridays May 13, 20 and 27, June 3, 10 and 17.