Thank you for your interest in Kia Ora Tai Chi classes.
All face-to-face classes are on hold due to the current rāhui (lockdown) across the whole of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Online classes are available for current students, who can access them by texting or phoning Jocelyn Watkin on 027 493 9851. Alternatively, please use the Contact Form
The beginners class is now full. For more information or to go on the waiting list for the next beginners class (possibly mid – late 2020), please text or phone the lead instructor, Jocelyn Watkin on 027 493 9851 or use the Contact Form
When a new beginners class starts, it will be be from 6.30 – 7.15pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings in the Clayton Park School hall, Wattle Downs, Manurewa (refer map below). Please arrive no later than 6.25pm so you can be ready to start at 6.30pm.
The classes are for adults of any age and high school students. Participants will be encouraged to attend both Monday and Wednesday nights rather than just one class 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+ to be referred.
What to wear: Please wear loose comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes (such as sneakers, trainers or tennis shoes). Please also bring a drinking bottle of water.
Please note: The entrance and free parking for the school hall is on Wattle Farm Road (opposite Ranger Place).
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.
It 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 is 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”.
Join a friendly bunch of people at a great venue, which has lots of free parking. Please note: The entrance and parking for the school hall is on Wattle Farm Road (opposite Ranger Place).
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.