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1. What should I wear?

Shoes: thin soled sports shoes without strong grip on the bottom; such as standard pumps or plimsolls that are clean and comfortable. Kung Fu slippers or Fei Yue shoes can be bought online if you prefer something specifically designed for tai chi. Trainers, boots and heeled shoes will affect your balance, foot sensitivity and create pull on the joints.

Clothing: Clothes should be clean, loose-fitting and comfortable, that allow you to move freely and easily without tangling your limbs or body. Trousers, leggings or shorts with a t-shirt or sweatshirt style top are best. Tight clothing and specialist performance sports wear can inhibit your ability to breathe correctlySome people like to wear a ‘mandarin suit’, which is made of silky material and allows the body to move freely. We do not expect you to wear this. We have branded t-shirts and hoodies etc for sale at classes.

2. How does tai chi help my health condition?

There are many studies for a variety of health conditions where tai chi has been ‘proven’ to help or improve. From experience we find all health conditions have an individual aspect to them but in general the understanding of how tai chi works is poor. The moves are not useful in themselves but the way we learn to move, improved posture and breathing and relaxation is the key. Placing your hands and feet in a certain position will not cure or help any condition. Learning, applying and practising the principles, energies and harmonies through a form or sequence of movements will do much to improve most health conditions. The gain of these benefits will take the time it takes you to learn. Improved balance and co-ordination is the first indicator that you are learning correctly.

3. How will tai chi help with stress-busting and helping me to feel calm?

The complete focus of the mind must be applied to do tai chi and qigong. If the mind wanders the form becomes empty. This level of focus will take time to learn, acquire and develop. If your mind has wandered off, you will need to be kind to yourself and gently bring the mind back to what you are doing in the present. This is the essence of any mindfulness practises or meditation. You will not be able to do this without time, patience and practise. Moving slowly and breathing slowly helps to calm the mind

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