Newsletter • Mar 20, 2021
20th March 2021
As a Tai Chi and Qi Gong practitioner, the most rewarding part is to see my students enjoy Tai Chi and improve their health and wellbeing.
Rick, from Tuesday morning class is keen to share his Tai Chi learning tips and his feeling about Tai Chi with us,
“I came to Tai Chi about 5 or so years ago through a “Chi Yoga” class. Since then, I have developed my practice and have come to realise a few things.
Firstly, lower body strength is crucial as we age. Nearing 65, I have an aged mother who had no interest in, or it seems care for, her health and well-being as she aged. She is now severely mobility compromised and despite using a 4 wheel walker, continues to have falls. Sadly, her physical condition is beyond treatment.
I have no intention of following her poor example. Every morning before showering, I do a short cardio routine followed by 3 Tai Chi movements. From the 8 Piece of Brocade, turning the neck and opening arms, then forward hip bends. I finish with a series of lift knee and drop punch. Together with our weekly lesson I also go through the full warmup, a combination of “the 6” Tai Chi basics and the Brocade, then finish with a few runs of the basic 12 and the 24 forms.
This repeated, ongoing practice has allowed me to concentrate on each movement and the stability and control that good lower body strength provides.
Secondly, I learn best when I can watch a particular new move, then repeat it myself 4 or 5 times straight away to get the basics in my head – to create a quick-start muscle-memory. I can then go through it myself, starting to concentrate on the flow rather than the basic movement elements.
In closing, I would like to thank you Fang for the opportunity to learn Tai Chi. It has greatly helped my health and wellbeing and given me confidence that as I continue to age, I will do so as well as I can and with less risk of injury or physical incapacity. “
Tai Chi is one of the best exercises to strengthen lower body with slow and gentle movements. Remember being slow is not easy, however, in return, you get strong legs and good balance plus it is very safe!
Using your brain to remember movements is another great thing to exercise your brain muscles, prevent memory loss and slow down ageing process. The old saying of “Use it or Lose it” is very true!
To help you learn Tai Chi and Qi Gong and make the learning joyful, our Tai Chi class looks at each individual and provides special support if needed. This can be a one-to-one attention, a small group time etc. Everyone in the tai chi class is friendly and makes the newcomers feel welcomed.
An exciting 8 Piece of Brocade Qi Gong workshop is now open to register. All information can be found at https://meridian-connection.com.au/20210501-ba-duan-jin-qi-gong/. Paige Olsen, a very experienced TCM acupuncturist will join me to bring some amazing Chi-enhancing knowledge into this workshop. I feel privileged to work with Paige and excited to offer you this authentic Qi Gong workshop to let you grow more Chi energy and vitality. The spots are extremely limited and only 7 left. so don’t hesitate too long!
Please feel free to comment and ask any questions. We look forward to meeting you soon in person.
With warmest regards,
Fang & Meridian Connection Tai Chi Team