Our Personal Stories

Lawn Bowls and Tai Chi go hand in hand

Late last year I missed a few of my Friday Tai Chi sessions as I was participating in Bowls Victoria Over 60 Singles State Title. To qualify for this title you first have to win your Group/Region. The state is divided into 16 Group/Regions of which there are up to 35 clubs in each. Any…
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Reclaim Your Wayward Limbs

Tai Chi has many benefits, and for me a valuable one is that it helps me to feel that I ‘own’ every part of my body. Seems an odd thing to say but not all of us are aware of how we move. Some of us will swear our right arm is in a perfect…
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A Personal Story in Praise of Qigong

My name is Michele Cunningham and I belong to the Eltham Centre. I noticed a problem with my balance about 6 years ago and initially thought it was age related. However, when it became more pronounced I sought medical help. It was difficult to describe; some doctors said it was vertigo although I constantly said…
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Age no Barrier to Practicing Tai Chi

Edna Neubecker turned 99 last July, and is now in her 100th year. The first time she did Tai Chi was during a trip to China on a Shanghai street in 1983.  She remembers a group of ladies being instructed by another wearing white gloves.  The exercise looked beautiful so she and her friend joined…
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Early Morning Tai Chi, or ‘Pyjama Qigong’

Over the years, I’ve heard Grandmaster Eng Chor say many times to practice tai chi first thing in the morning. I’ve tended to view this as an unattainable goal. In fact not even a goal, more with an air of wistful romanticism… “Wouldn’t that be lovely, but it’s not for me.” There were many excuses:…
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Mario’s Morning Tai Chi in Box Hill

If you ever happen to walk through Box Hill shopping precinct on a Tuesday at 8am, you will come across a group of happy and energetic tai chi practitioners of all ages, but mainly young elderly and middle-aged people who never miss their free tai chi class. There are others too, those busy workers who…
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Tai Chi and Ballroom Dancing

Since 2001, my Monday mornings have been spent at the Box Hill Centre with Senior Instructor Beng Yan, learning Yang Style Tai Chi Levels 1 to 6, Fan, Sword, Flute, Beijing 24 and 42 and any other delight she has to offer. My fitness, balance and wellbeing have been the beneficiaries and, at 60, I…
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