Tai Chi & Qi Gong
What Is Tai Chi?
Originating in ancient China, tai chi is an effective exercise for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey.
Almost anyone can learn tai chi. It's inexpensive and can be practiced almost anywhere. In most of the styles, the movements are slow and gentle, and the degree of exertion can be easily adjusted, making it suitable for people of all levels of ability.
There are many styles and forms of tai chi, the major being Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu (different words in Chinese) and Sun. Each style has its own unique features, although most styles share similar essential principles.
The essential principles include mind integrated with the body; fluidity of the movements; control of breathing; and, mental concentration. The central focus is to enable the qi or life force to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body. Total harmony of the inner and outer self comes from the integration of mind and body, achieved through the ongoing practice of tai chi.
Zentao Tai Chi School is based in Paeroa and offers variety of Tai Chi and Qi Gong courses. It has been established by Rielle Friedrich in the year 2000 and runs regular weekly classes and short courses. Rielle has been practising Tai Chi and Qi Gong for over 30 years