Chance for new­bies to give Tai Chi a go

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Toko­roa’s Ro Lane swears by Taoist Tai Chi for im­prov­ing health but un­til peo­ple have a go them­selves she also knows it can be hard to con­vince them.

So on Tues­day May 9, the Toko­roa branch of the of the In­ter­na­tional Taoist Tai Chi So­ci­ety in Fer­gus­son St, will have two free, Have a Look, Have a Go classes, as a way of en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to do just that.

The in­ter­nal mar­tial art, which fo­cussing on im­prov­ing cir­cu­la­tion, bal­ance, strength, flex­i­bil­ity and re­duc­ing stress, orig­i­nated over 800 years ago in China.

Lane, who has been an in­struc­tor since 2012, said when peo­ple work through a set of 108 move­ments, for 15 to 20 min­utes, it doesn’t take long to see health im­prove­ments.

‘‘There are peo­ple who come along who have in­juries who have seen big im­prove­ments, es­pe­cially with lower back pain and adap­ta­tions can be made to match any level of abil­ity, ‘‘she said.

‘‘Tai Chi is for any­one young or old. It’s a mov­ing med­i­ta­tion, it’s not hard, and pro­vides so many health ben­e­fits for the body mind and the soul.’’

She said it was par­tic­u­larly good for peo­ple want­ing to wind down af­ter a busy day at work.

‘‘It’s great for peo­ple who have been at work all day as they can come along and for­get about every­thing else and just fo­cus on it. It’s not com­pet­i­tive, it’s just a lot of fun,’’ she said.

‘‘The so­cial side of it is also re­ally ben­e­fi­cial be­cause you do meet lots of amaz­ing peo­ple from all walks of life who are all there for the same rea­son- to main­tain and im­prove their health.’’

Lane said the so­ci­ety, which was founded by Moy Lin-shin in Canada in 1970, was first brought to New Zealand in 1990 by English cou­ple Cliff and Shel­ley Slater.

‘‘They had classes in Tau­ranga and Ro­torua and it has now spread through­out the coun­try but if it wasn’t for them we may still not have Tai Chi in New Zealand, ‘‘she said.

‘‘It’s been go­ing for 14 years in Toko­roa and we have classes on Mon­day, Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and I teach on Tues­day nights but be­cause we are non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which is mainly run by vol­un­teers we need more mem­bers so hope­fully with these two new classes more peo­ple will come on board,’’ she said.

The classes will be held from 9.30am un­til 10.30am and 5.45pm un­til 6.45pm. For more in­for­ma­tion phone 886 8508.

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