|Meeting pattern||Thursdays; Group 1 meets at 10am, Group 2 meets at 11:30am|
There are currently 2 Tai Chi Groups meeting in Wells; numbers are limited and both groups are currently full.
In Group 1, we do 75 minutes of slow, gentle exercise, using the ancient Chinese practices of Dao Yin and Qi Gong. The exercises help to improve our balance, concentration, coordination, joint mobility and muscle tone (particularly in the legs). The flowing movement can also promote feelings of wellbeing and calm.
In Group 2, we practice the same slow, flowing exercises of Dao Yin and Taiji Qi Gong. We are working on improving balance, concentration, coordination, joint mobility and muscle tone. The exercises here are perhaps a little more challenging, but are always slow, gentle and low-impact.
The second half of the session for group 2 is devoted to learning a Yang Style, 24 posture compact Tai Chi Form. A Tai Chi form is a set of movements, which we learn slowly and in detail, and which are performed as a flowing sequence. This process requires a certain level of commitment, but repays our effort with benefits including improved balance, breathing, circulation, concentration and coordination, along with feelings of calm and relaxation. It can be described as a form of moving meditation.