If the thought of strengthening your body, calming your mind, and lightening your spirit all at the same time sounds appealing, a spot of Taoist tai chi may be just the thing.
The great news is the ancient Chinese art is coming to Sandgate for the first time – and you can try it for free.
The Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia, run almost entirely by volunteers and established in Brisbane for more than 20 years, is offering a free introductory class at the Sandgate Town Hall on Sunday 23 February. Regular classes will start from Monday 2 March.
Based on the teachings of Taoism and introduced to the western world 50 years ago by Chinese Taoist monk, Master Moy Lin-shin, Taoist tai chi is also known as a moving meditation. It is reported to have great physical health benefits, while also instilling practitioners with a deep sense of calm.
Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia Brisbane branch leader, Gem Cowlishaw, said the practice was a holistic workout.
“There’s a lot of turning and movement and balance,” she said.
“It all focuses on turning around the spine.”
There are 108 moves in a tai chi set, or sequence, each with an intriguing name, such as “Carry Tiger to Mountain”, “Single Whip”, and “Fair Lady Works Shuttles”, so the practitioner’s memory also receives a strenuous workout.
“As well as the physical body, it’s also developing the mind,” said Gem.
“It may look easy, but I can vouch for the fact that it’s very intensive. There’s more to it than people think.”
The association reports that medical research shows tai chi’s health benefits are plentiful, and include helping control the symptoms of conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease and fibromyalgia.
Apart from the health and de-stressing advantages, Gem said there was also a great social benefit to practising tai chi, with the association holding regular social events such as picnics and outings.For information or pre-registration for the free event, email email@example.com.Taoist tai chi free introductory class, including afternoon teaSunday, 23 February, 1-3pmSandgate Town HallCnr Cliff & Seymour Streets, Sandgate