I Care: Chinese exercise keeps the doctor away

October 29, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I Care: Gene Yee

It's a chilly Tuesday morning in south Sacramento and wispy clouds suggest that rain may come.  Fresh air rustles through the trees as a dozen people gather for a Quigong class at Reichmuth Park.  Gene Yee, 84, leads the group with rhythmic sets of 24 exercises, each having a name such as White Crane Spreads wings or Grasp Bird's Tail.  "Woooon, twoooo, threeeee…" he sings out until he reaches 10, then leads them to the next movement.  "It circulates the blood," says Charlotte Holder.  "every part of the body is represented."

Anyone can join the group, which meets at 8 a.m. Monday through SAturday, weather permitting.  Membership, which includes two communal meals, is $20 a year.

"All the time, get stronger," Yee says.  "Makes you younger too."

He laughs heartily.  "Keeps the doctor away.  Happy all the time." 


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