Kia Ora to World Tai Chi Day – It’s FREE

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Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day on Saturday 28 April, 2018, in Wattle Downs, Manurewa, Auckland. FREE, fun and family-friendly. If you’ve ever wanted to give tai chi a go, then this event is for you. All welcome.

What to expect: We will begin with a sequence of easy, flowing, warm-up exercises which are low impact and gentle on your joints. Then, the tai chi instructor, Jocelyn Watkin, will guide you through a Tai Chi for Health form – a series of linked steps, which are performed in a slow, mindful 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 or stand for very long, Jocelyn is also qualified to teach seated tai chi, which you can do alongside of everyone.

When: Saturday 28 April, 9.45 – 11am. The tai chi starts promptly at 10am.

Where: Clayton Park School hall, corner of Coxhead and Wattle Farm Roads, Wattle Downs, Manurewa, Auckland, 2103. View map Please note: The entrance and free parking for the school hall is off Wattle Farm Road (opposite Ranger Place).

Tai chi in Clayton Park School hall

What to wear: Loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes like sneakers or trainers.

Bring: A bottle of water to drink.

Who is the instructor? Jocelyn Watkin is a premier, board-certified instructor for the Tai Chi for Health Institute. All of Jocelyn’s Tai Chi for Health classes are approved with the BIG TICK for the Community Group Strength and Balance Programme.

RSVP: If you wish, just arrive before 10am on Saturday 28 April at the Clayton Park School hall. However, RSVPs would also be welcome via the Contact Form or you can text Jocelyn on 027 493 9851.

What is tai chi? Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that combines mindfulness with a series of linked postures and steps.

Strength and peace

What is World Tai Chi & Qi Gong DayEach year, on the last Saturday of April, tens of thousands of people come together in many cities across the world to do tai chi at 10am (their own local time). People of any age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or religion gather as one for the sole purpose of advancing personal and global health & healing. The event’s motto is “One World… One Breath”.

What is Qi Gong? (Qi is pronounced ‘chee’): Qi gong breathing is an integrated part of tai chi and is especially beneficial for health and mental relaxation. Qi can mean air (oxygen), life, energy or breath. The word ‘gong’ means ‘way of’ or ‘skill’. Qi Gong means: way of getting more air, life or energy. The concept of Qi is known in other cultures by different names. Star Wars fans know it as ‘The Force’.

Almost anyone can learn tai chi as it is suitable for nearly all adults (of any age) and children. You do not need special shoes, expensive clothing or any fancy equipment. And, you won’t get all sweaty or puffed out.  However, if you have a medical condition that may be affected by tai chi please talk to your medical/health professional before taking part in World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day.

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World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day will be held in peaceful Wattle Downs

New tai chi classes start Monday 15 August

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Say hello to better health with these new Kia Ora Tai Chi for Health classes starting on Monday 15 August, 6.15pm, at Clayton Park School hall, Wattle Farm Road, Manurewa. Ideal for beginners and suitable for adults of all ages and high school students. Try out the 6-week ‘feel better’ introductory package at only $8 per class:

  • The 6-week ‘feel better’ introductory package for $8 per class: Attend twice per week (on both Mondays and Wednesdays), 11 classes in total from Monday 15 August to Wednesday 28 September. Pay $88 for 6 weeks, in advance and online to save $22 on the regular price of $10 per class. Please text or phone Jocelyn (the instructor) on 027 493 9851 for the bank account number or use the Contact Form (Please note: There are no classes on 29 & 31 August, nor on 7 Sept.)
  • The 6-week ‘tai chi taster’ introductory package for $9 per class: Attend once per week (on either Monday or a Wednesday and you can change the day from week to week) from Monday 15 August to Wednesday 28 September. Pay $54 for 6 weeks, in advance and online. Please text or phone Jocelyn (the instructor) on 027 493 9851 for the bank account number or use the Contact Form (Please note: There are no classes on 29 & 31 August, nor on 7 Sept.)
  • $10 per class: Pay for each class as you go. Attend either or both Monday and Wednesday classes. Cash only (sorry, no eftpos or credit cards). Note: There are no classes on 29 & 31 August, nor on 7 Sept
  • Please use the Contact Form or phone or text Jocelyn (the instructor) on 027 493 9851 for more information or to ask for the bank account number.

Timetable: Six weeks of classes for beginners, as follows::

  • 1st week: Monday 15 and Wednesday 17 August
  • 2nd week: Monday 22 and Wednesday 24 August
  • No tai chi: Monday 29 and Wednesday 31 August
  • 3rd week: Monday 5 September (no class on Wednesday 7 September)
  • 4th week: Monday 12 and Wednesday 14 September
  • 5th week: Monday 19 and Wednesday 21 September
  • 6th week: Monday 26 and Wednesday 28 September

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