Group Leaders Brenda Fox and Linda Broadbent
Tai Chi is a form of gentle exercise based on Chinese martial art. It involves co-ordinated breathing, movement and awareness, which have been shown to promote balance control, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness and relaxation, so important as we grow older.
The group meet on alternate Friday mornings (odd weeks of the year) at 10:15 a.m. in the Bold Street Mission, second floor recreation room. The sessions finish at approximately 12-12:15 p.m.
All exercises are slow with gentle movements which help to keep our joints/bodies more supple. It is ideal for older people wanting to raise their activity/fitness levels gently and gradually.
Each session follows a similar format as follows :-
- Warm up relaxation, breathing and gentle warm up exercise.
- 18 Step Tia Chi Qigong exercise routine.
- Short break.
- Introduction to 24 Step, Yang Style Modern - Thi Chi Walking. The Tai Chi walk is the basic of many Thi Chi movements and is practised (as part of the first moves of the form) by all group members.
- 24 Step Yang Style Modern - Sub-groups - The routine is now broken down into sub-groups to enable the members to concentrate on practising the various elements of the form in more depth.
- The group comes together to practise the whole form. This is not obligatory and some members may watch, others choose to do as much as they have learned, others jump in at the deep end and have a go at the whole routine - the choice is theirs.
- The session is completed with gentle 'cooling down' exercise, such as Tai Chi Qigong, the Five Elements and Meditation which completes our session.
Loose clothing and soft footwear (such as trainers or a soft shoe) should be worn. Please do not wear sandals.