Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise for the whole body.
It is a series of flowing movements that focus on coordination, balance and breathing.
Tai Chi is based on ancient Chinese principles, it aims to energise the body and mind, creating a feeling of peace and harmony.
The exercises are suitable for all, it is a great way to manage stress, and improve your health and vitality.
Tai Chi works well in combination with other types of exercise.
The Classes begin with a gentle warm up designed to loosen up the major joints of the body.
This is followed by a series of Chi Kung (Qigong) exercises.
These are a series of movements that draw fresh energy (Chi) in to the body and remove stale energy.
The main part of the class is focused on the Tai Chi routine of 66 movements.
The form of Tai Chi at Bridgeham is the Sun-Frost White Crane Soft and Gentle Art (Shuang Yang Pei Ho Rou Rouan Chien).
What to expect:
Tai Chi does not need any special equipment. It is best practiced in loose comfortable clothes and light shoes.
Lessons are tailored to the ability of the students, beginner's are welcome.
Classes are 1 hour long.
Each movement contains 3 aspects; the physical movements, the breathing, and visualisation.
With practice the movements become second nature and the practitioner can focus on gracefully moving from one position to another.
Our Bridgeham Tai Chi instructor is Kahlil Somauroo, one of our registered Osteopaths.
He began practising martial arts in 2002. In addition to Tai Chi has has spent years learning a number of arts including Tiger Crane Kung Fu, White Crane Kung Fu, and Kalaripayattu.
Kahlil has lived and trained in both China and India as part of his martial arts journey.
It was his fascination with the movements of the human body that inspired him to become an Osteopath.
Now he uses his years of experience as both a martial artist and an Osteopath to deliver a class that is challenging and therapeutic.
Kahlil is very passionate and enthusiastic about Tai Chi and is happy to share his knowledge with those who are interested.