Elements Tai Chi – postponed until further notice

Join Sue Keady, a tai chi and qigong teacher who has been teaching and practicing tai chi for over 35 years.

Sue Keady will be running classes this month at St Catherine’s Hospice and upstairs at The Mill on the following days:

Mondays 

4pm – 5pm

  • Lostock Room – upstairs at The Mill
  • Class more suitable for beginners – but all welcome
  • Qigong exercises and Stage 1/2 of the Tai Chi Form
  • £6 per class

 

Wednesdays 

6.45pm – 7.45pm

  • Garden Room – St Catherine’s Hospice
  • Class more suitable for beginners – but all welcome
  • Qigong exercises and Stage 1/2 of the Tai Chi Form
  • £6 per class

7.45pm – 8.45pm

  • Garden Room – St Catherine’s Hospice
  • Class more suitable for those with some further knowledge of the Tai Chi Form
  • Qigong exercises and Stages 1- 4 of the Tai Chi Form
  • £6 per class

Please note we have taken precautionary action to protect the safety of our communities and, in line with Government recommendations, have closed The Mill until further notice. We are minimising footfall to the hospice building during the Coronavirus outbreak so are unable to host classes and events until further notice. Thank you for your understanding. 

Benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong

Many studies have show the benefits of Tai chi for although the practice is slow and gentle and doesn’t leave you breathless, it addresses the key components of fitness — muscle strength, flexibility and balance,

Muscle strength. Tai chi can improve both lower-body strength and upper-body strength. When practiced regularly, tai chi can be comparable to resistance training and brisk walking.

Dr. Gloria Yeh, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School says:  “Tai chi strengthens both the lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of the back and abdomen.”

Flexibility. Tai chi can boost upper- and lower-body flexibility as well as strength.

Balance. Tai chi improves balance and, according to some studies, reduces falls.

Maybe the most compelling of the practice of tai chi is its ability to strengthen the connections between your mind and body, which can help you move through life with greater awareness and pleasure.

Unlike almost every other form of physical activity, tai chi demands focus, which is central to its meditative benefits. It’s very hard to do tai chi and not be present. You cannot think of anything else while practicing!  The mindful, meditative quality of tai chi enables you to relax, be more present and reduces stress.

Part of that is due to tai chi’s soothing effects on the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which tends to be over active when a person is under stress. Practice promotes the release of hormones that calm the nervous system and both body and mind benefit from the process.

One of the most striking things is that tai chi’s physiological impacts can’t be explained by its physical activity component. It’s the mindful, meditative quality of tai chi that makes it so compelling, and that may explain the practice’s broad benefits.

What happens in a Tai Chi class?

Warm-up. Easy motions, such as shoulder circles, gentle hip and knee rotations help you to loosen your muscles and joints and bring the focus to your breath and body.

Qigong: Translated as “breath work” or “energy work,” this consists of a few minutes of gentle breathing combined with movement. The idea is to help relax the mind and mobilize the body’s energy.

Instruction and practice of tai chi forms. Tai Chi Form – a sets of movements which may include a dozen or more movements; long forms may include hundreds. One move flowing into the next reinforcing the connection between body and mind.

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