HRC’s Tai Chi classes begin this month

Hillsboro Recreation Commission is offering a six-week Tai Chi class led by Gayla Ratzlaff at 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 11 at Hills­boro City Hall, 118 E. Grand Ave. The class will meet mostly on Tuesdays.

Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that is used for stress reduction and can improve the key fitness components of muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility. It also has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.

The cost is $2 per class. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and good tennis shoes.

Ratzlaff has been teaching Tai Chi for six years around the county. She is certified in Tai Chi for arthritis and for diabetes.

For more information about the class, email Ratz­laff at glratzlaff@live.com.