Monday, 7 July 2014

Tai Chi - Hosted by Legal and General

Tai Chi - (Superme Ulimate)

Last week I was invited to attend a Tai Chi class along with a number of other fitness and lifestyle bloggers, Serena, Imogen, Anthony, Holly & Katherine , some of us had been tweeting each other on the lead up to the event and the others got to talking on the day, unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to speak to everyone but hopeful next time, please god. The event was hosted by Legal & General who are encouraging people to get fit for free. The class took place at Primrose Hill Park, Camden. Luckily the weather was good that evening and everyone was buzzing with enthusiasm.

Legal & General recently carried out a survey and found that families are getting squeezed financially and when forced to give up luxuries, gym membership was the first to go.

When we arrived at the park instructor Chris Jones founder of the North London School and Charity Tai Ji Circle introduced herself and Senior Instructor Shifu Liu QuanJun. 

Founder Chris Jones 

Shifu Liu went on to explain a little about Tai Chi and becoming one with the earth and being still like trees, Shifu Liu focused on postural alignment, and understanding the flow of energy in the body, the aim is to be calm and relax the mind and body focusing on the energy centre below the navel and throughout the body.

Shifu Liu QuanJun
The whole posture thing was a little uncomfortable it didn’t feel natural and it did put a little pressure on my lower back, but I persevered, maybe I just wasn’t standing correctly. Any who Shifu Liu performed a number of arm movements along with leg movements to which we all followed. A number of us were giggling inwardly and I know I was busting up but I kept my composure and carried on with the class. It was very relaxing especially with the wind rustling through the leaves.

To finish off the class we got into pairs to perform some Martial Art fighting moves where we had to punch (pretend punch) our opponent and our opponent had to block it by holding our wrist and elbow and moving it away in a circular motion plus a elbow to the ribs, I love a good fight me (hides head in shame) My lovely opponent Serena got my bony elbow to the ribs I’m really sorry hun I hope it didn’t hurt, everyone looked a little bemused by the whole thing I know I was, but we all had a laugh.

Serena going in for the killer move...

Shifu Liu went around to everyone to demonstrate the moves properly, he then came around to us, and he almost broke my wrist... No I’m being serious, this really happened...Lol The movement was done so fast I didn’t know what was happening. I had fun in a strange kind of way. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” Right?

So would I do this again, I don’t think so, it was a bit slow paced for me, but loved the fighting aspect of it. I’m more of a Body Attack; weights get your sweat on kind of girl but would definitely advise anyone to give it a try at least once.

Tai Chi is beneficial as everyone can practise, it can improve your immune system, it relieves neck and back pain, it helps with weight control; it promotes health, fitness, relaxation and fitness.

Have you tried Tai Chi before?  What was your experience?

Disclosure: I attended this event for the purpose of a review. This is not a sponsored post and no money has been exchanged. All views and opinions expressed are honest and entirely my own. 


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