Vietnamese Longevity Stick

Posted April 26, 2013, at 3:14 p.m.

Thursday, June 13 to Thursday, September 19, 2013; 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Rd, Trescott, ME

Contact: Valerie Lawson; 207-733-2233


The “Vietnamese Longevity Stick” regimen incorporates a series of movements designed to improve balance, flexibility, strength, mental focus, breathing capacity and vitality. The exercise, which is done while standing, takes its name from the only piece of equipment used in its practice – a 1-inch-thick dowel that is an inch or two longer than the practitioner’s height. The exercise was created in 1981 by Mai Bac Dau, a Vietnamese citizen who survived five years in a communist concentration camp following the fall of South Viet Nam in 1975. Today, the exercise is practiced widely throughout Vietnam, and has spread to the U.S., France, Australia and Canada.

The Longevity Stick has become extremly popular among senior citizens. It is a low impact exercise which can reduce the risk of injuries.


The movements help with balance, flexibility, strength, and breathing techniques.

Instructor: Pat Christopher

Date, Time: Thursdays, 4-4:30pm, June 13-September 19 (no class 6/27, 7/4 or 8/15)

Class fee: $5 suggested donation

Materials fee: n/a

Special instructions: Particpants will need to purchase or make a Longevity Stick – a 3/4”-1 1/4” dowel (or PVC pipe) one to two inches longer than your height with rubber end caps.

Tennis or athletic shoes are recommended as well as loose clothing.

Ages: All ages