Longtime Tai Ji teacher Priyadarshi will offer a free Tai Chi class Sunday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. at High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain St. (Route 52) in Camden. The class is open both to people who are curious about Tai Ji, as well as those who have had previous Tai Ji experience.

The practice of the art of Tai Ji emphasizes the mind and body in harmony. All over the globe, millions of people from all walks of life practice this ancient form of “moving meditation,” regardless of age, gender or physical fitness. Practitioners learn about themselves and the nature of the world, as well as enriching their quality of life.

Although the application of each move has its origins in the martial arts, the slow and graceful movements of Tai Ji are primarily designed to provide the practitioner with a method of achieving a healthier body, mind and spirit. Tai Ji can also have a deep therapeutic effect. These coordinated and relaxed body movements are slow and uninterrupted like flowing streams and moving clouds. During Tai Ji, the mind is tranquil but alert, with consciousness directing the body movements creating a unified flow of energy.

Priyadarshi was affiliated with the Zen Bei Butokukai for 20 years and studied Tai Ji, Qi Gong and other meditative and martial arts under Brian Ricci, O’Sensei and Richard Kim, O’Sensei (a Shingon Buddhist priest).

For more information on the free Tai Ji class, call 623-2180.