Di­a­betic group cel­e­brates an­niver­sary with Tai Chi

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MID AR­GYLL Di­a­betic Sup­port Group cel­e­brated its five-year an­niver­sary by invit­ing Ian Smith and Sandy Richard­son along for a Tai Chi demon­stra­tion.

Sandy and Ian led the group through Chi Kung ex­er­cises, with each ex­er­cise care­fully cho­sen as the most ap­pro­pri­ate for those with a di­a­betic con­di­tion.

Tai Chi orginates from 2700BC when the Yel­low Em­peror prac­tised the ex­er­cises based on the ob­ser­va­tions of the move­ments of birds and an­i­mals.

High stan­dard

By the 13th cen­tury, the Zen Buddhist monks had per­fected Tai Chi as a mar­tial art, which was prac­tised to a high stan­dard.

Group leader Bara­bel McKay en­cour­aged those who suf­fer from di­a­beties to at­tend the group and said: ‘We are al­ways look­ing for in­no­va­tive ways to man­age the symp­toms of this dis­tress­ing con­di­tion, which af­fects so many thou­sands of peo­ple in this area.’

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