Tai Chi plays pivotal role

Sharon Sierra will begin teaching Beginner Tai Chi classes in Shelburne starting on May 1 on Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings.

Sharon Sierra will begin teaching Beginner Tai Chi classes in Shelburne starting on May 1 on Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings.

Once in a while, we all happen upon “aha” moments that change our lives for the better.  For Sharon Sierra, of Vermont Teddy Bear Company in Shelburne, one of her life-altering discoveries has been Tai Chi.

Sierra, who loves hiking, found her health falling short, making it difficult to hike with the regularity that she enjoyed.  “Tai Chi has given hiking back to me.  It has strengthened my legs more than actual hiking ever did, and it has increased my aerobic capacity without exhausting me.  As a bonus, it has improved my balance so I can now rock-hop across streams with confidence,” she explained. Emotionally, Tai Chi improved Sierra’s emotional life as well. “It has brought joy into my life. A lot of circumstances that would have caused me stress in the past are now just little blips—things I might label as a ‘hassle’ but which I am no longer strongly influenced by,” Sierra said.

Tai Chi, a series of movements executed to increase wellness and vitality, is performed slowly to elicit healing, reduce stress, strengthen muscles, improve longevity, and promote personal tranquility.

Sierra will begin teaching Beginner Tai Chi classes in Shelburne starting on May 1 on Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings.  “I feel strongly that this martial art should be made accessible to everyone. I currently travel to Middlebury as well as other places farther afield for classes, and I want to introduce it into the Shelburne and South Burlington communities,” she said.

For more details, refer to her website, www.MoonlightTaiChi.com, call (802) 383-8737 or email sierra@hikenewengland.com.

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