Chance for newbies to give Tai Chi a go
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.