Tai Chi in the park

  • Instructor Mario Leon, in front, leads a Tai Chi class outside of the Continental Park Community Center, sponsored by Chen Neighborhood Medical Centers, on Friday, April 11, 2014. The free Tai Chi classes for active adults are offered at North Trail Park Community Center, Westwind Lakes Park Community Center, and Continental Park Community Center. ALLISON DIAZ / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Gabriela Arcela receives guidance on her pose from instructor Mario Leon during a Tai Chi class outside of the Continental Park Community Center, sponsored by Chen Neighborhood Medical Centers, on Friday, April 11, 2014. The free Tai Chi classes for active adults are offered at North Trail Park Community Center, Westwind Lakes Park Community Center, and Continental Park Community Center. ALLISON DIAZ / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Emilio and Martha Lago move their arms slowly during a Tai Chi class outside of the Continental Park Community Center, sponsored by Chen Neighborhood Medical Centers, on Friday, April 11, 2014. The free Tai Chi classes for active adults are offered at North Trail Park Community Center, Westwind Lakes Park Community Center, and Continental Park Community Center. ALLISON DIAZ / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Norene Monahan moves her arms slowly during a Tai Chi class outside of the Continental Park Community Center, sponsored by Chen Neighborhood Medical Centers, on Friday, April 11, 2014. The free Tai Chi classes for active adults are offered at North Trail Park Community Center, Westwind Lakes Park Community Center, and Continental Park Community Center. ALLISON DIAZ / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • GRACEFUL AGING: Eva Rapoport, left, moves her arms slowly during a tai chi class at Continental Park in Kendall. Tai chi, a slow-movement Chinese martial art, helps improve circulation, flexibility, alignment, breathing and balance. The free classes are offered at several locations in Miami-Dade County. ALLISON DIAZ / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Under the oak tree: Mario Leon instructs a Tai Chi class outside of the Continental Park Community Center in Kendall. The free Tai Chi classes are offered through Miami Dade Park’s “Active Adults 55+ Program.” ALLISON DIAZ / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD