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About a decade ago while I was living on acreage, I had a bad accident involving a large animal. As a result, I have and always will have back problems. As I was in a regional area and as physiotherapy did not help my situation at all, I had to look around for another form of exercise that would not further enrage my back!
I did a lot of research and finally one of the doctors recommended I try tai chi. At the time, I really had no idea what it was - all I knew was that I had seen photos of people doing this somewhat strange exercise in parks! It was something that had never interested me before, but as I had nothing to lose, I decided to look into this form of relaxation/exercise. I was quite amazed at the health benefits and decided to give it a go.
Tai chi is often described as an ancient Chinese practice - it is also known as qigong (pronounced CHEE-gung) and it is a mixture of slow, deliberate movements, meditation and breathing exercises.
Tai Chi was not intended to lose weight or raise your heart rate but instead, both tai chi and qigong are actually martial arts that can help your circulation, balance, and alignment. It is also believed that it can help restore your energy (chi or qi).
The exercises are all low-impact moving meditations and are also excellent for balance, which is important as we age. Although qigong and tai chi are excellent fitness activities for beginners and people with health conditions, elite athletes also benefit from doing these slow movements, as we all need better balance and muscle control.
The exercises flow together without a pause, making qigong and tai chi look like very slow, graceful dances that keep your body in continual motion. It can be done in a class, outdoors, on your own or with a group.
A group doing tai chi
The intensity level is very low making it also ideal for people like me who have permanent injuries and whose movements are generally hampered by their injuries. Because it is low impact, it puts very minimal stress on joints and muscles.
This class will be a FREE introduction to tai chi and have-a-go session. The session will be held in a relaxing and peaceful open green space between the Jubilee Oval and the Childcare Building. It will be held on Monday 14th and Monday 21st January 2019, from 7.00 pm until 8.00 pm. Jubilee Park is at 2 Northcote Road, Glebe, and everyone is welcome here regardless of whether you have taken tai chi lessons before or not. You can attend either or both of these sessions and there will be teardrop banners, so you can easily see the spot where the class will take place.
Although it is a free event, you will need to register at this link. The sessions will be put on by the Taoist Tai Chi Society and they are a non-profit and charitable organisation who offer instruction in tai chi arts of health as developed by Master Moy Lin-shin.
Tai chi is ideal for the elderly
Master Moy has been doing tai chi for more than 50 years of training in meditation, chi kung, tai chi and other internal arts of health.
The tai chi developed by Master Moy Lin-shin is designed to promote health and well-being for people of all ages and in all health conditions. He makes this exercise a very special and effective form of holistic health training. He states that it can work on the "physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of our being."
There are about 108 gentle movements that he teaches and they include a high degree of turning and stretching in each of the movements, in order to exercise the whole body.
So slow and beneficial!
Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to learn a new, low impact exercise that can be so beneficial for your body and mind!