Most Fridays I attend a tai chi class with my auntie.
Tai chi is a form of low impact exercise which combines flowing movements woth breathing and relaxation. It was originally a martial art in 13th century China and is now practiced as a health benefiting exercise all over the world.
With benefits including reduced stress, improved posture, balance and mobility and increased strength in muscles, it is clear to see why it is thought of as health promoting.
The class that I attend also incorporates dance. The instructor promotes a happy armosphere, and there is always plenty of laughs.
I get great benefit from the class. Taking the physical and mental benefits out of the equation, I attend with my auntie. Which means most weeks I get to spend some quality family time with her. After class we go for a tea/coffee and catch up which I always enjoy.
I always leave the class feeling calmer after the relaxation and have a sense of accomplishment. I got up, got ready and went to an exercise class. For a person with chronic pain this is a huge achievement!
I think this class is important in my journey feeling my way through this life.
Here is a photo of myself and my auntie enjoying some granola and coffee while we had a good catch up after our tai chi class!