Classes

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

Free introductory classes for beginners will be held on Monday 2 August and Wednesday 4 August 2021, 6.30 – 7.15pm. Please arrive no later than 6.25pm. The venue is the Manurewa South School hall, which is located at 18 Totara Road, Manurewa. (Please refer to the map below.) 

These classes are for high school students and adults of any age. If you’d like more information or to RSVP, please text or phone Jocelyn Watkin on 027 493 9851 or please use the Contact Form

After these free introductory classes, a new beginners tai chi and qigong class will start on Monday 9 August and Wednesday 11 August 2021, 6.30 – 7.15pm. Same venue as the intro classes. The classes are held every Monday and Wednesday evening (except for public holidays). 

Participants in these evening classes are encouraged to attend on both Monday and Wednesday evenings. However, if you are committed to practicing at home then it is OK to attend just one class per week.

The above map shows the location of the evening classes in the Manurewa South School hall. The entrance to the hall and the parking is at 18 Totara Road (please don’t go to the main entrance to the school, which is on another street).

I also offer a tai chi class on Thursday mornings, which accepts beginners at any time and of any age. These classes are free and are held from 10 – 10.45am at Turuki Health Care in Mangere No need to RSVP, just come along.  Click here to find out more. 

Four seated people doing tai chi. One is seated in a wheelchair and another in a shiny, red mobility scooter

Participants in the tai chi class at Turuki Health Care in Mangere.

I also teach free summer tai chi sessions in Cornwall Park over January and February.

If you are unable to attend my face-to-face classes you can learn tai chi online with me. My Tai Chi for Strength, Balance and Mobility course is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and anywhere you have a computer, tablet, mobile phone or data capable big screen TV. It is ideal for beginners and also for tai chi instructors who teach strength and balance classes. Check it out.

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

Cost of classes:

  • Monday & Wednesday evening classes: The introductory classes are FREE. After that, prices start from $10 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.
  • Thursday morning class at Turuki Health Care: Free to attend any and all classes. Click here to find out more.

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.

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 (known as qigong, which means ‘breath work’ and ‘energy work’).

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.