Our Health Benefits

An Observation

"Nothing happens until something moves”, Albert Einstein Over the years I have hiked, run, cycled, swum, skied, lifted weights…….and spent countless hours on gym stair climbers and cross training machines. As a uni student and, for a few years as a young adult, I learnt karate. At one time, also, learning Tai Chi through the…
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Exploring Tai Chi using Mindfulness and Flow

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully in the present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, to not be distracted by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness is a quality that every person already possesses - it’s not something you have to create. In Tai Chi we learn how to develop this…
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Why is Tai Chi slow?

When I started Tai Chi, under the wonderful instruction of Mario Cianci (Level 1) and Suzette Hosken (Levels 2-6), I knew I struggled a little with keeping my movements slow. Having been a karate student for six years at that stage (now 19 years!), I realised that even though there were numerous similarities between Tai…
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Do you need to sit still to be mindful?

"Do you need to sit still to be mindful?" The Age had an interesting discussion on what activities are good for meditation. It's been suggested that it is not necessary to sit for long hours cross legged, but a moving meditation like Tai Chi and Qigong can be just as good. The Age: Do you…
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Why do Tai Chi?

Why do Tai Chi? Maybe you've thought of this question or possibly someone has asked you why bother doing Tai Chi if it doesn't look like it does anything. But, it is deceptively so! Tai Chi can help improve your health and wellbeing. It won't cure you of serious ailments, but it may help you…
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Can Tai Chi stop frailty?

We consider it acceptable becoming frail as we get older. Frailty is associated with a lower quality of life and a higher risk of falls leading to hospitalisation and institutionalisation. But is this preventable or even reversible? Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, has recently published the results of their research on frailty in populations across…
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What I have learnt on my Tai Chi journey

How time flies. It has been nearly 9 years since I started my Tai Chi. I have enjoyed it and benefited from it. It has been a slow learning curve but the journey continues. Starting initially as a novice, there is always the temptation to want to learn more and more. There are different School…
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Tai Chi could cut risk of falls by a fifth

Oxford University in the UK and University of Sydney have completed an interesting study that demonstrates how Tai Chi can reduce the rate of falls by 19 per cent in the elderly population compared to those who do no exercise. The key element is that Tai Chi focuses on improving balance to enhance the quality…
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