Mind, body ex­er­cise

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - LIFESTYLE - with Stacey Al­dous Stacey Al­dous is owner of Free­dom Health & Well­ness.

TAI chi, also known as shadow box­ing, orig­i­nated in an­cient China.

Tai chi is one of the most ef­fec­tive ex­er­cises for the health of mind and body.

Al­though it’s an art with great depth of knowl­edge and skill, it is easy to learn and soon de­liv­ers health ben­e­fits.

The es­sen­tial tai chi prin­ci­ples in­clude mind in­te­grated with the body; con­trol of move­ments and breath­ing; gen­er­at­ing in­ter­nal en­ergy and mind­ful­ness.

The ul­ti­mate pur­pose of tai chi is to cul­ti­vate the life en­ergy within us to flow smoothly and pow­er­fully through­out the body.

The prac­tice of tai chi may lead to a more bal­anced men­tal state, and at the same time im­prove: MUS­CU­LAR strength, which is im­por­tant for sup­port­ing and pro­tect­ing joints. FLEX­I­BIL­ITY, en­abling peo­ple to move more eas­ily. FIT­NESS, which is im­por­tant for over­all func­tion­ing of the heart, lungs and mus­cles BAL­ANCE, which is im­por­tant for falls preven­tion, pain man­age­ment and qual­ity of life.

The unique feature of tai chi is that it is in­ter­nal — it builds the in­ner strength from in­side out, en­abling devel­op­ment at any age.

Through mim­ick­ing birds and an­i­mals, tai chi helps us to move with the flow of life, just as we are.

Wendy Hartshorn is bring­ing tai chi to New Nor­folk.

Ms Hartshorn is a reg­is­tered fit­ness pro­fes­sional with Fit­ness Aus­tralia, who has been teach­ing tai chi for 12 years.

Her back­ground in so­cial work and per­sonal train­ing in­form her gen­tle style of teach­ing, to wel­come be­gin­ners and pace ac­cord­ing to stu­dent’s wishes and needs.

Wendy will be in­struct­ing a free Come and Try Tai Chi class on at Free­dom Health & Well­ness on Au­gust 22 from 1.45-2.45pm.

No ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary to par­tic­i­pate, and move­ments can be adapted to those who re­quired chair­based ac­tiv­ity.

With enough sup­port, the class will con­tinue weekly at $10 per class.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ms Hartshorn on 0437 030 767.

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