SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Performing Arts Center and COESA announced this week they will partner to present a series of health and wellness events on the SPAC grounds in the Saratoga Spa State Park.
The events include: Tai Chi classes instructed by Mark Tolstrup of the Tai Chi Center (July 7-28) and Guided Meditation led by Pierre Zimmerman of One Roof Saratoga (July 12-Aug. 30).
The classes are part of a larger initiative to create opportunities for the community to safely gather. Wellness teachers and their students will be able to meet in person once again in a controlled, socially-distanced way. All proceeds will go directly to the teachers.
The Tai Chi and Meditation classes which will begin on July 7 and July 12, respectively, will be held on the SPAC grounds with socially distant marked spaces for each participant. All attendees will enter through the Hall of Springs Gate and will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire. In addition, guests are required to wear a face mask at all times until the classes begin and then immediately after the classes conclude. Class sizes will be limited to a maximum of 25 participants. Restrooms will be available for participants and will be cleaned and sanitized after each use. Online registration must be completed in advance. All proceeds will go directly to the practitioners.
Full class schedule is as follows:
Tai Chi Classes at SPAC - Instructed by Mark Tolstrup of the Tai Chi Center. Beginner Introduction To Tai Chi Class at 10 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, July 7–28. Participants will learn the basic postures, movements and breath work in addition to the first movements of the Yang style Tai Chi form. These techniques have many benefits for health and wellbeing including flexibility, stress reduction and balance.
Meditation Classes at SPAC - Led by Pierre Zimmerman of One Roof Saratoga. Dharma Meditation at 9 a.m. on Sundays, July 12 - Aug. 30. Dharma Meditation includes inspirational topics that support emotional, cognitive, and ethical wishes for wellbeing. This is a sitting meditation for 25 minutes with a silent break allowing people to stretch, followed by a second sitting, introduced by a brief talk. A discussion on the topic and some insights and reflections about the nature and commonality of our basic humanity is shared by attendees. This meditation is open to beginners and/or those who have previously been meditating.