Embrace the Tiger, Push the Mountain

I’ve mentioned my friend Eva before. We hike together (with Mary) a few times a week and we enjoy a similar taste in books and movies, which we talk about all the way through the hikes. Talking of movies we went to see Narnia (Prince Caspian) last week. I loved it but I digress and that is the next post!

So anyway, Eva invited me to Tai Chi with her on Thursday evenings. The class is held in the library and it is free. How could I say “Nein” (Eva is German)? So off I went last Thursday and you know what? She didn’t show! Ha Ha. It wasn’t her fault though so she’s forgiven. I went inb anyway and she had already mentioned that I might be coming. The ladies (and it was all ladies) were very welcoming. They did a quick review because they are only 22 moves ahead of me! I thought that it would be too difficult to catch up without hindering everyone else but I took to it! I might not be the most elegant yet but I found it strangely peaceful, soothing and energizing all at the same time. I still have to master the “parry, parry punch” and “brush knee to the right” but I really think I manage to “leisurely tie my coat to the right” very well for a beginner.

The program is actually one of Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health programs and most specifically for arthritis, which I don’t have, but it’s Tai Chi and it’s free. I’ve tried most exercise classes at one time or another and a couple of martial arts too but this is different. It adds something calming to my work out program and gives me a chance to collect myself. I’m going again next week and may purchase a DVD because I believe that it might need a couple times a week, at least, to be totally effective.

You can check out the details of the Tai Chi for Arthritis at Dr. Lam’s website and the whole series at Tai Chi Productions.

Here is a short article about it by Paul Lam himself:

Why Tai Chi? By Dr Paul Lam

Hour for hour, tai chi is probably the most effective exercises to improve health and wellbeing. You can start and continue to progress to higher level no matter your age or physical condition. More importantly, tai chi helps you to know and like yourself better. This will lead you to health and harmony within yourself and with others. It is so enjoyable that millions of people around the world are practicing it.

Tai chi was created based on nature and harmony. The gentle flowing movements contain inner power that strengthens the body, improves mental balance and brings better health and harmony to people’s lives.

Nowadays, tai chi is practised in every corner of the world for health improvement. And for good reasons. Scientific studies show that tai chi improves and possibly prevents chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, it improves balance, immunity and reduces stress. In fact, tai chi improves practically any aspect of health

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