The Celestial Tai Chi College has been running classes for 30 years and has such a good reputation regarding the quality of the Instructors and their skills that they are often asked to run classes and sessions for differing groups within the community. The Masters see this as giving the wider community the physical, mental and social benefits that practice of Tai Chi and Qigong has to offer.
I have been privileged to run Tai Chi and Qigong classes for Community Houses, Senior Citizens Clubs, Independent Living communities, the YMCA Health and Recreation facilities, Nursing Homes and Primary and Secondary Schools.
Each one of these groups offers challenges as to the approach taken in running the class. This is very rewarding as I see participants progressing (within their capabilities) and their enthusiastic response to the sessions.
Recently, I was asked to run a class for a group of vision-impaired people, some of whom had no sight at all. It made me think what it would be like in their shoes and made me work on how I would run the sessions. We got through the warm-ups, Shibashi 1 and Lotus qigong exercises while I described in detail everything I did with my arms and legs during every repetition – exhausting for me. We did some balancing exercises using the barre located in the room. The feed-back was that they loved the music and feeling their body moving in a set way during the exercises. This was at the YMCA in Hawthorn where they use the pool and sometimes try other activities available there.
At the same facility a Neurological Balance Dance class is run every week. The Instructor had come to some of my classes there and invited me to run some of her classes whilst she took leave. Tai Chi has been shown to be beneficial for those with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological problems. I attended one of her classes to see how it was run and devised a program suitable for those attending. Indeed the hand tremors of some of the participants disappeared during some of the movements during the session. The feedback was very positive with one of the students attending my mainstream class for some time.
All in all, I can say that joining the Celestial Tai Chi College has given me a healthy and rewarding way of life and I thank the Masters for imparting their knowledge to me.
Senior Instructor, Ashburton and Kew
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Updated: 15 February 2020