Did you know this week is Age UK’s Fall Awareness Week when they support a wealth of events across the UK aimed at reducing people’s likelihood of falling? Today I ran two seated tai chi taster sessions as part of an event at Westbank, Exminster. Most participants hadn’t experienced tai chi before. We had fun exploring some of the ways tai chi can help to increase core stability and balance, maintain and improve mobility and just make you feel fabulously relaxed! One of my new students it turns out, is 83 years old. A very spritely 83 I think, with a twinkle in her eye, and a can-do attitude in the face of physical adversity. She’s joined the class to improve her balance (and her self belief that she won’t fall over) after a stroke, and she’s not the only one.
At the other end of the age spectrum, having made it home after these workshops, I found a facebook friend had shared an inspiring video of a 6 year old Chinese girl, demonstrating her form in a tai chi competition. Such fluidity, such focus, it was a delight to behold, and a salient reminder that there really is no age barrier to embarking on our tai chi journeys.
If you’re in Devon, UK, you can join weekly Chi and Biscuits classes on Friday, 10am, and at Westbank, 1.30pm.
If you’re anywhere in the world you can join us in Mallorca, October 5-12th 2013 for a week of tai chi, reflexology and walking bliss!