Friend­ship and health

Tai chi gives se­niors new lease on life

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Clau­dia Wil­liams Clau­dia.Wil­[email protected]­bur­nett­times.com.au

IM­PROVED bal­ance, flex­i­bil­ity and move­ment awaits Kin­garoy res­i­dents who take up tai chi.

June Kim­lin or­gan­ised the first tai chi class in town in 2005 and was over­whelmed by the re­sponse from the com­mu­nity.

“The first day we started at Se­nior Cit­i­zens we thought we would have 20 peo­ple and over 60 turned up,” she said.

“Each year we have new ones come in and there are be­gin­ner classes start­ing on Jan­uary 31.”

She con­tin­ues to take part in the an­cient Chi­nese prac­tice which she be­lieves has helped her stay mo­bile.

“I en­cour­age any­one – young or old, peo­ple with or with­out dis­abil­i­ties – to im­prove their bal­ance and mem­ory,” Ms Kim­lin said.

“It is a great so­cial thing to do be­cause ev­ery­one gets to know one an­other and we are all like fam­ily.”

Be­gin­ner and in­ter­me­di­ate classes will start for 2019 on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 31, at the Unit­ing Church Hall, which at­tract up to 20 stu­dents.

The in­ter­me­di­ate group will run from 9–10am fol­lowed by the be­gin­ners group from 10.15–11.15am.

For the more ex­pe­ri­enced, an ad­vanced group will meet from Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 1, from 9am–10am at the Kin­garoy Se­nior Cit­i­zens Cen­tre.

Stu­dents are asked to al­low 30 min­utes to en­rol be­tween Jan­uary 31 and Fe­bru­ary 14.

Phone 0419 026 760.

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA WIL­LIAMS

READY TO MOVE: June Kim­lin or­gan­ises Tai Chi for Health groups, which will recom­mence on Jan­uary 31 at the Unit­ing Church Hall.

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