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Practitioners swear by modern benefits of ancient arts

Practitioners swear by modern benefits of ancient arts

SUPPLIED Womad festival goers taking part in the free tai chi classes. Nowadays finding the right work-life balance can be hard to do. For people wanting to relax and unwind from the compounding stresses of their busy lives, Tai chi and Qigong may be right for you. Often referred to as ‘moving meditation’ people who practise the ancient arts swear by their modern benefits SUPPLIED Womad campers getting into tai chi during a free class at the 2018 festival ….

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Tai Chi changes lives, one move at a time

Tai Chi changes lives, one move at a time

Tai Chi instructor Judi Lee has taught Tai Chi for the past 30 and Hawera participants Kathleen Meyer and Lynne Walker are a couple of the many who have experienced health benefits. Tai Chi started in Hawera in May as a trial. Today, many of the participants are convinced it has changed their lives. Three members of the physically and mentally challenging classes said they had noticed health benefits in the past eight months. Kathleen Meyer recently visited her doctor for her annual bone…

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New Plymouth Tai Chi class celebrates World Tai Chi Day

New Plymouth Tai Chi class celebrates World Tai Chi Day

Hundreds of years ago the hand-fans Ellie Arbuckle uses for tai chi would have had razor blades in them. Now razor blade free, the forms and movements she practices are virtually the same as they were 100 years ago. “It was originally developed by monks to defend to help them defend their temples,” she said. “It’s a martial art which can be quite lethal, but is also predominantly about peace.” Arbuckle was one of about 30 people practicing tai chi at…

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