Tai Chi group welcomes the morning at Huntington Beach park

A group of Tai Chi enthusiasts engage in a morning routine led by Pat Heinke at the Huntington Metropark in Bay Village

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. from May through October, Tai Chi enthusiasts meet at the Huntington Metropark in Bay Village. Facing beautiful Lake Erie, 15 to 25 local residents are led by volunteer Tai Chi instructor and Bay Village resident Pat Heinke.

For over 15 years Pat has been offering her expertise in this ancient art of gentle, flowing movements to all who want to look into or to practice Tai Chi exercises and form. Pat was surrounded by many admirers during a recent session as she welcomed the celebration of her 80th year of life in good health, "thanks to Tai Chi," she said.

Pat invites anyone who is interested to stop by and watch and to share in the no-stress exercises. There are no fees for these practice sessions. Formal lessons from instructor Mike Rhoades can be arranged through the Bay Senior Center.

Tai Chi has been widely publicized for its physical and mental health benefits. From November through April, the Tai Chi group meets inside. As the Youth Center has been converted to Kiddie College, Pat is looking into other spaces in Bay Village for the colder weather venue.

George Ryan

A resident of Bay Village since 1975; retired from paid work but active in community affairs.

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:44 AM, 08.07.2012