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Ongoing Classes & Special Programs

Tai Chi / Senior Wellness

Ohio Living Rockynol
Mondays, 11 to Noon
Free for residents; $5 per class for non-residents
Tai Chi / Senior Wellness
Ohio Living Rockynol
Mondays, 11 to Noon
Free for residents; $5 per class for non-residents

Tai Chi is a low-impact, weight-bearing form of exercise practiced for its many health benefits. The movements are slow and deliberate, and are coordinated with specific breathing patterns. Open to the public, this class is geared to the senior population.

Tai Chi has been shown to improve cardiopulmonary fitness, bone health, endurance and coordination. It also can be “played” to relax and re-energize. And, it's good for the brain!

Regular practice can provide:


  • Increased leg strength

  • Improved balance and a lower risk for falls
  • Increased range of motion in the joints

  • Improved breathing

  • Reduced pain and stiffness

Studies also show promise that Tai Chi practice may be beneficial in treating hypertension, osteoarthritis, Parkinson's, fibromyalgia and sleep problems.

Address: 1275 W. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44313
Room: Carrell Center
Sessions: Start any time
Registration: Appreciated. Call 330-945-5533 or email nancyg@ngenergy.us.
Note: Wear loose, comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Bring water.

Tai Chi... Meditation in Motion

Fairlawn Community Center
Mondays, 6 to 7:15 PM
$60 for each 5-week session.
Tai Chi... Meditation in Motion
Fairlawn Community Center
Mondays, 6 to 7:15 PM
$60 for each 5-week session.

Tai Chi is an “internal” Chinese martial art, practiced for its many health benefits. The movements are slow and deliberate, and are coordinated with specific breathing patterns. Tai Chi is a great exercise program for people of all ages and physical abilities; a great cross-training program for athletes.

A low-impact, weight-bearing exercise, Tai Chi has been shown to improve cardiopulmonary fitness, bone health, endurance and coordination. It also can be “played” to relax and re-energize. And, it's good for the brain!

Regular practice can provide:


  • Improved physical conditioning, muscle strength, coordination and flexibility
  • Improved balance and a lower risk for falls, especially in elderly people

  • Increased range of motion in the joints

  • Improved breathing

  • Reduced pain and stiffness

Studies also show promise that Tai Chi practice may be beneficial in treating hypertension, osteoarthritis, Parkinson's, fibromyalgia and sleep problems.

Address: 3486 S. Smith Rd., Fairlawn, OH 44333
Sessions: New sessions begin every five weeks. Call 330-945-5533 or email nancyg@ngenergy.us
 for next start date.
Registration: Arrive 10 minutes early the first week.
Note: Classes held outdoors as the weather allows. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Bring water.

Kung Fu Fit

"Build A Body" in Green
Tuesdays, 6 to 7:15 PM
$60 for each 5-week session.
Kung Fu Fit
"Build A Body" in Green
Tuesdays, 6 to 7:15 PM
$60 for each 5-week session.

Kung Fu Fit is a martial arts class that includes weapons work, weight training and Qigong (pronounced "chee gung"). This unique, high-energy class can be a great stand-alone fitness program, a complement to Tai Chi or an effective cross-training workout.

Class includes Praying Mantis style exercises, forms and two-person techniques. Praying Mantis teaches the power of stillness. Still the outer mind, go within and from there draw upon greater power – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Regular practice can provide:


  • Improved core strength
  • Improved aerobic capacity
  • Improved flexibility and balance
  • Increased range of motion in the joints
  • Improved body alignment
  • Improved left/right brain integration

Classes include:


  • Stance training, kicks and punches
  • Unique weight training exercises

  • Short- and long-stick work with self-defense applications
  • Qigong exercises

  • Solo and partner stretching

Address: 3339 Miller Park Rd., Akron (Green), OH 44312
Sessions: New sessions begin every five weeks. Call 330-945-5533 or email nancyg@ngenergy.us
 for next start date.
Registration: Arrive 10 minutes early the first week.
Note: Classes held outdoors as the weather allows. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Bring water.

Tai Chi... Meditation in Motion

"Build A Body" in Green
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:45 PM
$60 for each 5-week session.
Tai Chi... Meditation in Motion
"Build A Body" in Green
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:45 PM
$60 for each 5-week session.

Tai Chi is an “internal” Chinese martial art, practiced for its many health benefits. The movements are slow and deliberate, and are coordinated with specific breathing patterns. Tai Chi is a great exercise program for people of all ages and physical abilities; a great cross-training program for athletes.

A low-impact, weight-bearing exercise, Tai Chi has been shown to improve cardiopulmonary fitness, bone health, endurance and coordination. It also can be “played” to relax and re-energize. And, it's good for the brain!

Regular practice can provide:


  • Improved physical conditioning, muscle strength, coordination and flexibility
  • Improved balance and a lower risk for falls, especially in elderly people

  • Increased range of motion in the joints

  • Improved breathing

  • Reduced pain and stiffness

Studies also show promise that Tai Chi practice may be beneficial in treating hypertension, osteoarthritis, Parkinson's, fibromyalgia and sleep problems.

Address: 3339 Miller Park Rd., Akron (Green), OH 44312
Sessions: New sessions begin every five weeks. Call 330-945-5533 or email nancyg@ngenergy.us
 for next start date.
Registration: Arrive 10 minutes early the first week.
Note: Wear loose, comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Bring water.

Fall Qigong at the Signal Tree

Cascade Valley Metro Park, Chuckery Area, 837 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m.
Free Program
Fall Qigong at the Signal Tree
Cascade Valley Metro Park, Chuckery Area, 837 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m.
Free Program

Come learn/practice the "Four Golden Wheels" Qigong. These simple exercises can improve your energy flow and benefit body, mind and spirit. No prior experience necessary. Dress for the weather.

NOTE: The "drive" back to the Signal Tree off Cuyahoga Street is also known as Peck Rd. (Park in the first lot.) AND because of construction, you must enter from the north (Portage Trail, Sackett Ave.), rather than from the south (Tallmadge Ave./Memorial Pkwy, Uhler). Allow extra time to get through the one-lane portion of the road at the park entrance.

Qigong at Highland Square Library

Highland Square Branch Library, 807 W. Market St., Akron
Wednesday, September 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Free Program
Qigong at Highland Square Library
Highland Square Branch Library, 807 W. Market St., Akron
Wednesday, September 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Free Program

Qigong is a Chinese healing art and science that awakens your deepest potential energies to help you rejuvenate your body, cultivate your mind and realize your spiritual nature. This session will include gentle movements, self-massage, breathing techniques and meditation... practices that will help you activate and balance your primary energy centers.

"Nancy is professional, informative, captivating, motivating and helpful. She is a very caring and knowledgeable leader all-around. And when it comes to fitness and de-stressing, Nancy is an expert facilitator and role model."

Mary Lynne Zahler, MA, MCHES, CWP, LSW, CCLS, CFLE
Wellness Manager, Akron Children's Hospital