Wellesley Council on Aging

Tolles Parson Center
500 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
(781) 235-3961


Traditional T’ai Chi Class – Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30

New Session Starts: The next session will begin on July 9th and run through August 20th.
Class Location: Tolles Parson Center – Wellesley Council on Aging
To Register: Registration opens on June 27th for Wellesley residents and a day later for non-residents. You may drop by the Tolles Parson Center, you may call the center at (781) 235-3961, or you can register online here.
Cost: $35 for the 7-week session.
Experience Level: This class is open to all levels

About The Class
This Traditional Style T’ai Chi class will focus on going through our Cheng Man-Ch’ing / Yang -37 style of T’ai Chi. We will start off going over some of the basics of this style of T’ai Chi and then will learn a simplified version of the first part of the form (the routine). In future sessions, we will add in more refinement to the moves and will continue to learn new movements of the form.

During the most recent session we finished up the First Section of the form. We will begin this session with some basics to help introduce new students to T’ai Chi and we will review the movements we have learned so far. We will then proceed with new movements and will move on into the 2nd section of the form.


T’ai Chi for Better Balance – Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:00

Current Session: The next session will begin on July 11th and run through August 22nd. (No Class on August 1st.)
Class Location: Tolles Parson Center – Wellesley Council on Aging
To Register: Registration opens on June 27th for Wellesley residents and a day later for non-residents. You may drop by the Tolles Parson Center, you may call the center at (781) 235-3961, or you can register online here.
Cost: $30 for the 6-week session.
Experience Level: This class is open to all levels

About The Class
In the T’ai Chi for Better Balance class, we proceed through a series of T’ai Chi movements with the aim of improving our balance. These are movements that are taken from more traditional styles of T’ai Chi and simplified. This allows participants to follow along more easily so that we can focus on the aspects of these moves that help with our balance.

During the first few months of this class, we have learned the eight basic movements of the T’ai Chi for Better Balance program. During the May – June Session, we will review these moves and start adding in some more challenging movements. We will also explore more deeply some of the more balance focused qualities of T’ai Chi.

The movements in this class are easy to follow along with and to learn. Anyone is welcome to join this class, whether you are a beginner or have experience in T’ai Chi.

While not required, it is helpful to practice these moves between classes. Participants who practice more frequently tend to experience greater benefits of improved balance, reduced stress and greater enjoyment of the moves themselves.