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Tai chi program held at Fifth Avenue Beach

Tai chi was held at Fifth Avenue Beach on Monday. Throughout the summer it will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday all summer. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

Tai chi was held at Fifth Avenue Beach on Monday. Throughout the next few months it will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday all summer long. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — As the weather warms up, residents are taking advantage of the perks of living near Lake Michigan.

Once again, the Manistee Recreation Association’s (MRA) Tai chi program will be hosted by instructor Sally Mason, who has taught the summer activity for several years at Fifth Avenue Beach.

On Monday, around 10 people were outside of the beach house enjoying the peaceful, calm waves on Lake Michigan, and following Mason’s instructions.

Kenny Kott, MRA executive director, said the Tai chi beach program has plenty of participants throughout the summer. He said a local group also holds a Tai chi winter program at First Congregational Church, but the summer program allows for a morning outdoors.

“The participants vary,” he said. “There’s still a group that does it in the winter time. The participants that do come to (Tai chi) are pretty religious with it — we definitely see a lot of (participants).”

The beach activity was brought back to Manistee this year on May 21, and will now take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning throughout the summer. Those interested should be prepared to start at 9 a.m.at Fifth Avenue Beach by the beach house.

Residents and visitors alike are welcome to join this program, as it serves all ages. It also is free of cost, but donations are accepted to benefit the Manistee County Homeward Bound Animal Shelter.

For more information, contact the Manistee Recreation Association at (231) 723-9274.

What is Tai chi?

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

Tai chi is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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