Health Ministry

Tai Chi


After many years under the capable leadership of Becky Anton and Carolyn Huizar, the Monday evening Tai Chi classes are moving to the next level.  An opportunity presented itself to partner with a small group who has been meeting at Belle Cooledge Park.  With this partnership will come three experienced instructors who will take us into a more professional Tai Chi level while being able to accommodate all levels of individual abilities.  Becky and Carolyn will continue to lead the Thursday morning classes.  The new instructors are: 

Valen Lee:  Has studied Martial Arts for over 40 years and transitioned into Health Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong 10 years ago for health reasons.  He continues to study to expand his understanding of the health benefits of this ancient Chinese Art and is happy to share with all that have interest. 

George Hom:  Started Martial Arts training in 1970 in San Francisco under Sifu Branden Lee.  George has presereved his knowledge of Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu while incorporating a high degree of Tai Chi.  His skills enabled him to teach Tai Chi for 5 years at the Asian Community Center. 

George Bonilla:  Raised in the Philippines where he started in Martial Arts Training at the age of 5, George is also an Army veteran and retired Oakland Police Officer.  He is currently a senior student under Wushu Master Xiaohongxh Wu.  He has represented her at several tournaments, winning 3 statewide gold medals for Yang Style Tai Chi.  

Classes for all levels offered:

  • Mondays:  6:00 PM - Multipurpose Hall
  • Thursdays: 9:30 AM - Multipurpose Hall

60 minute classes include: 

  • Yang style Tai Chi
  • Chi Gong exercises
  • Strength training using elastic bands

Open enrollment - join any time. 

Fee:  Mondays - $5/person/session

 Thursdays - $15 per month for members and $20 for non-members.

Call 421-0492 for further information.


   Svaroopa Yoga

*Beginners Classes:  Wednesdays - 9:15 AM - 11:00am
*Continuing Classes:  Tuesdays - 8:45 AM - 11:00am

A style of Hatha Yoga, this class can relieve pain, reduce stress, increase strength and flexibility, help with alignment and posture and promote personal transformation.

Lisa Cotton Brown is an experienced and certified Svaroopa yoga instructor.

The classes are open to all.  Cost: $52 for 4 Beginning sessions; $60 for 4 Continuing sessions.

 Dress comfortably and bring a bottle of water.

 Call 421-0492 or Click Here for a flyer for more information. 

     Prayer Shawl MinistryVolunteers who like to knit or crochet gather weekly to work and pray while they make shawls and lap throws for individuals in need. Our homebound and recovering members are comforted knowing that Parksiders wrap God’s love around them in tangible ways.

 Homebound MinistryWe care about our members who are unable to attend worship on a regular basis. Volunteers are matched with one of our homebound members for 3 months to provide contact and support. Something as simple as a phone call or a card lets another person know they are being thought of and cared about. Personal visits are always a plus.

March 30, 2015

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