Tai Chi beginner classes
Tai Chi, also called tai chi chuan, is an ancient Chinese tradition. It is today practiced as a graceful health-promoting form of gentle exercise. Having is roots in 13th century martial arts, it combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. It is very accessible and has a lower impact than many other forms of exercise. This makes it ideal for inactive older people wanting to raise their activity levels gently and gradually.
This is a gentle way to fight stress, reduce anxiety, increase flexibility and balance.
Done correctly, you’ll find that the poses flow smoothly from one into another. Many movements are completed with bent knees in a squat-like position
Tai chi has many physical and emotional benefits. Some of the benefits include decreased anxiety and depression and improvements in cognition. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
The benefits may include:
- Decreased stress, anxiety and depression
- Improved mood
- Improved aerobic capacity
- Increased energy and stamina
- Improved flexibility, balance and agility
- Improved muscle strength and definition
Regularly practicing may help you to have more restful sleep and can result in weight loss.
Many of the movements can be adapted to people with a disability, including wheelchair users.
Our Tai Chi beginner classes for adults is an exercise class referral programme for anyone who is or has suffered from mental distress. All are welcome. Tai chi is generally considered to be a safe exercise with few side effects. However, you may experience some slight aches or pains after practicing tai chi in the beginning. Don’t worry these will soon go as you practice more. If you have a medical condition or any health concerns, or haven’t exercised for a long time, speak to your GP before you start tai chi.
Classes start at 13:45 and last for 1 hour every Wednesday at the Damilola Taylor Centre, 1 East Surrey Grove in Peckham SE15 SE6.