Norwalk Hospital's Tai Chi classes will open for new students Thursday, Aug. 12, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. in the patio room.

Classes continue for eight weeks, with a break on Sept. 23. Advanced classes for established students start at 6 p.m., and are open to those with the permission of the instructor.

Tai Chi, the gentle form of exercise often referred to as meditation in motion, helps relieve stress, increase strength and flexibility and improve balance, coordination and circulation. It's slow movements make it accessible to anyone regardless of age or level of physical fitness.

The cost for all eight sessions is $40 ($80 for advanced classes). To register, e-mail nutrition@norwalkhealth.org or contact Cindy Allen at 203-855-3548.