DATES: *Thursdays (see below)
FALL/WINTER/SPRING: September – May @ 9:30 a.m. at the
United Church Hall on 4th Street
SUMMER TIME: June – August Thursdays @ 10 a.m. at the Heritage Park Pavilion as well as Mondays @ 9:15am
We do a form of the Yang style brought to Canada in 1970 and follow the teachings of Master Moy Lin Chin. The 108 moves are taught over a 4 month period; refining the set can take a lifetime!
Tai Chi consists of slow, gentle, continuous moves that help develop stronger muscles, better balance and concentration.
Amazing Benefits of Tai Chi
Research shows that people who regularly practice the art of Tai Chi experience:
- Improved balance
- Lowered blood pressure
- Stronger bones
- Less chronic pain
- Reduced stress hormones
- Improved sense of control
- Improved concentration
- Strengthened immune system
- Improved blood circulation
- Straighter posture
All of our instructors and leaders are dedicated volunteers with the goal of providing you with a quality Tai Chi experience.
They teach that Tai Chi requires great concentration. It involves a rhythmic shifting of weight from one part of the body to another, with an equal emphasis on contraction and expansion of the spine, and stretching from one side to the other. This balance of forces is like the yin and yang symbol, the complementary pairing of opposites. When the set has been learned well, it is done with a relaxed mindfulness which is why it is called moving meditation.
Beginners join our program each September and January. The Tai Chi we practice is made up of 108 moves. The new student is taught 108 moves over a 3-4 month period. New moves are taught each week and added to the ones already introduced. Through repetition, the body remembers.
Continuing Students are those that are able to follow along with the set. You do not need to be able to complete the set on your own. Each lesson begins with warm up exercises. The movements are slow and smooth. This allows the body to heat up without straining and prevents pulled muscles.
Participants execute the form according to their abilities. In our club, there are people with a wide range of abilities and mobility challenges. Anyone who is determined to learn and practice the form can achieve success. Tai Chi is practiced by young and old, bedridden or in a chair.
For more information, contact the Peachland Wellness Centre. Everyone is welcome!