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Tai Chi in Parkland

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
Teacher educator and author of many teacher reference books. Amused by random ideas and loves random acts of kindness. Enjoys writing humour...seriously!Please see my Instagram: wilsonjeni
Published March 12th 2016
Grounded And Part Of Nature
You can hear the birds and feel the sun on your back and for some reason the clouds look more beautiful today. Perhaps it's the flute playing music or the relaxed instructors. Maybe I'm cockily confident, I certainly do not feel any reservations about joining this new exercise group.

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Photo: Keith Weng

How hard could this be? I am buoyed by the fact that most of the other participants are at least 10 or 20 years older than me. I think I have an edge on them because of my age and previous gym experience. True I may no longer be an active exerciser but I am ready.

I heard another participant commented that Tai Chi makes you feel like nothing else. But I want to feel like something else… much more relaxed and excused from that guilt feeling due to very little exertion or attention to my own fitness.

It may give the wrong impression but I now think of tai chi as color by number relaxation. You can get the full effect without having to think too hard however it requires total focus to get the job done. During the tai chi lesson I learned new sets of moves, how to flick a fan and quiet time reflecting on my place in the universe. It sounds like I'm going all hippy but let's just say I'm considering a new option for downtime.

It may be part of the cruel initiation to ask the newbie to stand up the front. On one level this seems to make sense, on the other I'm thinking this may be part of the whole entertainment experience for all the other participants behind me.

I heard a participant ask a question that was buzzing around in my head 'Does this get easier with practice?' I can't use the excuse that it's too fast for the flailing legs and arms. They used to know exactly where they should be when I did aerobics!

I'm awfully glad this outdoor exercise room does not have mirrors. This may cause me to be less ambitious and more embarrassed in my attempts to coordinate my arms and legs.

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Photo: Sergio Luiz Villasboas

The instructors (Lynda and her partner) have had plenty of experience teaching tai Chi and are unfazed by our attempts. Clearly they love what they do and the benefits show. I want to look like that in a few more sessions.

Tai chi in the outdoors is to be a great option to relax and get some exercise and socialise. It's certainly worth at least one try. At my age exercise that does not cause me to limp around or be sore for several days is an absolute bonus. Warning take insect repellant, sunscreen and don't stand under gum trees.

To sign up contact the Nillumbik Living and learning centre* ($123/$112 for ten sessions) or you can just turn up and pay a slightly higher casual rate, which is still a reasonable $15 per session.

*Beginners and advanced sessions held at Diamond Creek. See
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Why? Relax and look after your body
When: Check website for times
Where: Chute St Diamond Creek. Behind the netball courts
Cost: $15 casual rate. Less for a term.
Your Comment
Tai Chi sounds like a good fitness alternative. These classes are too far from home for me but your article prompts me to look for something local.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7970) 1649 days ago
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