Mind, body exercise
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.