Anyone who frequents the Becoming Center on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons may recognize Mary Anne Regan as the woman wearing her signature black Tai Chi uniform. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the days on which Tai Chi Level Three classes are offered. She’s been working her way up in Tai Chi training at the Becoming Center for the last seven years.
“Tai Chi helps to bring all levels of self back into balance,” Mary Anne says.
The Becoming Center is a health and wellness center for older adults, and a service of Liberty Lutheran, located on the campus of Artman in Ambler. Since 1994, the Becoming Center has offered personalized, comprehensive, preventive and restorative holistic wellness for active adults seeking to improve their fitness and overall wellbeing. An ancient Chinese tradition practiced as a graceful form of exercise, Tai Chi involves a series of slow, flowing movements performed in a focused manner, accompanied by deep breathing. For her, it’s like a standing meditation. Mary Anne says her husband, grown children and friends would all agree that ever since she started taking Tai Chi classes, her life has become more balanced and calm.
“I have so many ‘ah-ha’ moments as a result of Tai Chi. It integrates who you are with what the art is,” she explains. “It’s such a part of my life. I can’t imagine not having it.”
The 75-year old Radnor woman says that she has always been the type of person who lives life to the fullest. Tai Chi is just one of the many ways she does this. When she was 47, Mary Anne tried mountain climbing for the first time. She attended climbing school out West and over the next ten years she embarked on expeditions all over the world. The highest peak she tackled was 21,200 feet in Bolivia. Mary Anne has since retired from mountain climbing, but her life’s journey continues through traveling, writing, studying philosophy and taking Tai Chi classes at the Becoming Center.
“I feel really good about being 75 and the wisdom I have accrued,” she says. “I have really good health and I don’t take it for granted. Tai Chi is the ultimate mind-body-spirit experience.”
In addition to Tai Chi, the Becoming Center offers you a variety of services and amenities to suit individual needs and health objectives including a fully-equipped gym, heated pool, yoga and exercise room, as well as private treatment rooms for alternative therapies and massage. Click here to visit the Becoming Center online or call 215-643-9908 for more details.