Tai Chi is very different from most forms of exercise and it may seem strange at first. Here’s a few differences to help prepare you for your Tai Chi experience. At my class you’ll be asked to:
- work within your comfort zone and at your own pace (NOT a no pain – no gain approach)
- make slow, continuous movements ( NOT quick stops and starts)
- tune into your body during movements (NOT ignore how your body is feeling)
- maintain an upright posture (NO deep bends or turns).
You may think nothing much is going on with the gentle, flowing movements, but a lot is going on under the surface – in the mind and the body. Check out Dr Paul Lam’s What is Tai Chi? video to learn more.
Dr Lam trains his instructors to be focused on the individuals in their class, so classes will differ according to needs and physical capabilities, but here is what to expect in a standard class.
- Tai Chi greeting
- About Tai Chi – a short sharing of information about Tai Chi
- Warm up – 2 gentle exercises for the neck, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles.
- Learn tai chi forms (movements) – An easy-to-follow teaching format will be used with movements broken down into small, manageable pieces.
- Rest break
- Practice forms
- Warm down
- Tai Chi Greeting.
What to bring
- Water bottle
- Wear flat, secure shoes
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
I hope to see you at class soon!