A free introductory Ji Chi class will be given Sunday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain St. in Camden.

Tai ji or Tai Chi is an art that provides gentle exercise and promotes healing energy. The free class will be lead by Priyadarshi. Previously affiliated with the Zen Bei Butokukai for 20 years, Priyadarshi studied Tai Ji, Qi Gong and other meditative and martial arts under Brian Ricci, Sensei and Richard Kim, O’Sensei. Priyadarshi received his name and permission to teach meditation from Acharya Sushil Kumarji. Priyadarshi also practices psychotherapy and teaches contemplative arts at the Arts of Living Learning Center which he created with his partner Barbara Dunlap Warren.

People of all ages and walks of life can benefit from taking Tai Ji. This ancient martial art has been shown to have many healthful effects on the body such as improvements in balance, flexibility and even bone density. Tai Ji is a soft flowing form which helps develop endurance and strength. Practicing Tai Ji with Priyadarshi opens the gate to the form’s language, which communicates a more gentle way of being.

“Tai Ji opened my eyes to an entirely new way of working out,” said Rushmore DeNooyer, a documentary filmmaker and composer who has been taking Priyadarshi’s intermediate summer class. “It’s making a real difference not only with my physical conditioning, but also with balance and mental focus as well.”

Psychotherapist Susan Richardson said, “Tai Ji is a workout for the mind, body, and spirit.”

Lily Hill, a licensed Rolfer, said, “Tai Ji is a great way to maintain balance and alignment in your body.”

High Mountain Hall in Camden encourages health and well being in the community by bringing friends and neighbors together for the purpose of increasing fitness and joy through movement. For more information contact the Arts of Living Learning Center at 623-2180. The High Mountain Hall schedule information is available at highmountainhall.com.