Classes

Group of older people doing tai chi. Some are seated.Thank you for your interest in Kia Ora Tai Chi classes.

I am very sorry to announce that ALL Kia Ora Tai Chi classes at in Clayton Park School hall are cancelled until further notice. This due to the board of trustees at the school closing the hall to all external hirers. A new venue will be advised as soon as possible.

Please text or phone Jocelyn Watkin for more information: 027 493 9851. Alternatively, please use the Contact Form to get in touch.

When they resume, the classes will continue to be for adults of any age. Participants are encouraged to attend two nights per week. However, if you are committed to practicing between classes then it is OK to attend just one class per week.

Cost of classes: Your first class is FREE. After that, prices start from $9.50 per class. A discount is available for those who are referred by ACC and Age Concern for the Community Group Strength and Balance Exercise programme (“Live Stronger for Longer”). You must be aged 65+ AND be referred to qualify for this discount.

What to wear: Please wear loose comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes (such as sneakers, trainers or tennis shoes). Please also bring a bottle of drinking water.

For more information, please text or phone the lead instructor, Jocelyn Watkin on 027 493 9851 or use the Contact Form

What to expect: All of the classes begin with a sequence of easy, flowing, warm-up exercises which are low impact and gentle on your joints. These exercises are designed to improve your balance and core strength.

Then, Jocelyn and her team of instructors will guide you through a Tai Chi for Health form – a series of linked postures and steps, which are also designed to strengthen your leg and core muscles and improve balance. The steps are performed in a slow, focussed manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

Tai chi is easy, fun and a really great exercise, which is good for your body and helpful at reducing stress. If you are unable to stand for very long, Jocelyn and several of her assistant instructors are also qualified to teach seated tai chi, which you can do alongside the rest of the class.

 

All of these Tai Chi for Health classes are approved with the BIG TICK  for the Community Group Strength and Balance Programme so you can “Live Stronger for Longer”.

What is tai chi? Described as “moving meditation”, tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that combines mental focus with deliberate and relaxed movements. Regular practice of tai chi can help improve strength, health and balance, reduce stress and lower blood pressure.  Read more about the health benefits of tai chi.

Please text or phone Jocelyn for more information: 027 493 9851. Alternatively, please use the Contact Form to get in touch.