Qigong/Tai Chi with Suzette
Tuesday 11am – 12pm
Term 3 from 13 Jul $152.5 (10wks)
Improve your health & vitality with the gentle exercises of Tai Chi combined with Qigong breathing techniques. You will leave the class feeling calm, focused and energised.
Scroll down for a full description of the class.
What is Tai Chi / Qigong at Balwyn Community Centre?
Tai Chi and Qigong are ancient practises that help to create a healthy body and mind. Originating in Ancient China, both are practised all over the world by people from all walks of life.
Based on principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong was designed for health preservation and illness prevention for both body and mind. Some Qigong forms were created more than 1500 years ago.
Tai Chi is considered a ‘soft’ martial art where each movement has an application that is either a block or a strike. Each tai chi form is like a routine with layers of detail and a fascinating philosophy as well. There are many tai chi forms, some of which are very complex. We teach the more simple, shorter Yang-style forms of tai chi.
What to expect
The sessions are designed so that everyone can follow along to the slow, relaxing and gentle movements. It is not expected that you will practise at home during the week, although you can if you like and video support is available.
Each class we flow through several different forms of Qigong and Tai Chi. You will learn how to relax and release unnecessary tension, to move slowly with grace and balance, to focus the mind on the task at hand and to be present and mindful. The class is like a moving meditation and you will leave feeling refreshed and energised.
What are the benefits?
Some of the benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong include:
– Improved balance
– Enhanced energy
– Improved muscle strength and flexibility
– Lowered blood pressure
– Increased ability to manage stress and anxiety
What to wear and what to bring:
No special equipment is required for this class and we do not get down on the floor. Comfort is key, so wear loose clothing or stretchy fabrics. Keep in mind we often raise the arms above the head, so consider a long top as it will ride up. Flat-soled shoes are most practical and thin, flexible soles are ideal. Please remember to bring a water bottle.
New students please arrive to your first class ten minutes early to have a chat with the instructor.
Who’s it suitable for?
Qigong/Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Your instructor is skilled at modifying movements to cater for injuries and chronic conditions. This class will suit both beginners and more advanced students.
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