Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wellness Series continues TONIGHT, Feb. 13, at Portage Library

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library invites you to give yourself a Valentine gift and learn about the art of relaxation from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, Feb. 13.

Darlene Basto will present "Tai Chi and Qigong for a Lighter Heart." Her discussion and demonstration will focus on how these two ancient Eastern heart-mind exercises have been offering tools for achieving relaxation for centuries. Basto will explain how Qigong and Tai Chi that have been clinically shown to provide the lowest impact weight-bearing exercise known and how these exercises help ensure full range and mobility far into old age, improve balance and coordination, alleviate stress response, reduce anxiety and depression, lower high blood pressure, increase breathing capacity, reduce asthma and allergy reactions, boost the immune system, and increase lymph system circulation.

Participants will learn and practice Qigong and Tai Chi movements and are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing, flat, slip resistant shoes, and bring a water bottle for rehydration afterwards.

Basto is a certified Qigong and Tai Chi instructor and is the owner/teacher of North Star Qigong and Tai Chi of Laurium. Her workshops and teachings focus on health and using practices to relieve stress that allow the body to work with its own natural healing abilities.

This event is part of the Natural Health and Wellness series, which is held on the second Thursday of each month. All library programs are free, and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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