Tai Chi for Cancer

"This class will provide an understated, tranquil, meditative style of Tai Chi with small steps and simple movements, matched with breathing, to increase flexibility, coordination, awareness, and vitality."

-Dr. Jay Dunbar, Instructor

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Jay DunbarFREE Tai Chi Classes for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Join Dr. Jay Dunbar, founder and director of The Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School, for an online Tai Chi class.

These free classes, hosted by the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, will be held on Zoom at 2:30 p.m. every first and third Friday of the month.


Tai Chi (TIE-CHEE) uses flowing movements performed in a slow, focused manner and is accompanied by deep breathing. Over the years tai chi has evolved into a graceful self-paced  form of exercise that is now used for stress reduction and for a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. Due to its low impact nature, there is minimal stress on the joints, making it generally safe for all fitness levels. It is especially suitable for older adults who may not otherwise exercise.  

Tai Chi (Taijiquan) is one of the three main internal arts from China which emphasize mental training and mind-body relationship work while focusing on physical structure for improved balance, overall health and functional strength.  

Although tai chi is generally safe, women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their health care provider before trying Tai Chi. Modification or avoidance of certain postures may be advised by the instructor.     

The classes, hosted by the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, will be held on Zoom at 2:30 p.m. every first and third Friday. Click to register. Learn more by emailing cancersupport@duke.edu or calling 919.684.4497.