Adults can get a lesson on Hula-Hooping and tai chi from the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department.

Adults can get a lesson on Hula-Hooping and tai chi from the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department.

Instructor Jacki Mann said the class, "Tai Chi Easy," is designed to improve the quality of life for all people, including those with limited mobility.

Participants don't have to devote years to learning the traditional 108-movement form or even the shortened 24-, 36- or 42-movement form to enjoy the health benefits it bestows, she said.

"As a practice of 'meditation in motion,' the slow movements and mindset of tai chi can be used to manage stress levels," said Mann, who's a certified holistic wellness coach. "This style includes steps and exercises that may improve mobility, breathing and relaxation."

The movements don't require deep bending or squatting, thus making it easier and more comfortable to learn.

In addition, Mann said, the instruction includes seated and standing stationary versions of all movements.

"This encourages people of all levels and abilities to learn and participate," she said.

The program itself comprises 10 movements - five basic and five advanced - a warm-up, a cool-down, a self-massage, breathing exercises and meditation.

For a cardiovascular workout, Mann said, the Hula-Hooping class is a good option.

The fitness craze using the Hula-Hoop is referred to by several different names, with "hooping" and "hoop dancing" being the most popular, she said. The hoops aren't the plastic kind young girls play with, but a larger, padded type made specifically for fitness and dance.

"The large size makes hooping easier, as it moves at a slower revolution. However, don't let that fool you into thinking that the hooping workout is any walk in the park," Mann said.

Yoga poses are incorporated into the warm-up and cool-down, as well as some floor exercises to tone the core, hips and thighs. Every class ends with a final relaxation to complete the class.Both tai chi and hooping are held at 480 Rocky Fork Blvd., Gahanna. The hooping class is scheduled for 6 to 6:55 p.m. on Mondays, followed by tai chi from 7 to 7:55 p.m.

Two eight-week sessions are available to Gahanna residents for $89. The first session started Jan. 9, and the second session begins March 12.

Recreation specialist Zac Guthrie said participants may register late, but with no discount or prorated fee.

For more information, call the parks and recreation department at (614) 342-4250.