Friday, 22 June 2018

Over 50? Try tai chi

Over 50? Try tai chi

AS we get older the importance of maintaining ourselves ever increases.

Although known as a wonderful exercise regime suitable for all ages, the real benefit of tai chi is the application of its core principles in everyday life.

Students experience what correctly aligned natural posture feels like and how to maintain it. This involves understanding how one can sit, stand and walk without undue strain or discomfort.

Exercises to promote deeper relaxation are taught and how to apply this principle in all activities.

Tai chi also teaches exercises to promote deeper and more beneficial breathing.

Students are shown how to practise movement correctly with attention to postural alignment, breathing and mindfulness.

The practice of tai chi can improve balance, reduce falls and increase leg strength. It can help to lower stress hormones, enhance respiratory and immune function, and promote emotional wellbeing.

In partnership with Oxfordshire County Council Skill Funding Agency, the Three Treasures School of Tai Chi will be running classes for the over-50s on Thursdays from 11.45am to 12.45pm from Thursday, January 12, at the YCMA Hall in Lawson Road, Henley.

For more information, visit www.threetreasurestaiji.co.uk or call tutor Alan Baker on (01491) 200471.

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