A new class in Newport aims to help people of all abilities get moving in order to improve physical and mental health.

Moveable Peace combines qigong, tai chi, brain gym, meditation and other movement practices to allow participants to move in a way that is gentle, supportive and engaging.

The class is led by Barbara Lee Turrill, a nationally registered dance and movement therapist, who currently teaches qigong and tai chi at the Newport 60+ Activity Center.

“This class is for those who don’t like to move at all, who would choose to sit or lie down if given a choice, or if pain makes moving a chore,” Turrill said. ‘This class is also for those who like to move, who may be experiencing some physical restriction due to a minor injury or some other reason, or for those who have always included physical activity in their life and would like to keep it there.”

An intermediate class for those who have either taken the class before or who have experience with qigong or tai chi, will run every Wednesday at 4 pm, starting Nov. 7.

A beginners’ class will be on offer at 11:30 am on Saturdays, starting Nov. 17.

For more information, or to reserve a spot, stop by the Newport 60+ Activity Center located at 20 SE 2nd Street, or call 541-265-9617.

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