I mentioned in a previous post (Hall’s well that ends well) that as well as our day-to-day charity courses / lessons for victims of violence etc. I have managed to book the hall building out every evening Monday to Friday with various martial arts and exercise classes which relate to the overall theme of my charity, The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety (www.ScotCPS.org.uk)
By the end of October 2016, we had Muay Thai, Ladies Boxing Bootcamp and Krav Maga classes to encourage the local community to use our facility.
But I’m a firm believer of having harmony in a project. A Yin and a Yang.
So far, I had managed to get all the physical, ‘rough’ sports and exercise on offer but I felt we needed a softer, non-aggressive element to balance things up. So I set about finding a Tai Chi instructor who could offer weekend classes at the Barony St. John Centre.
If you don’t know what Tai Chi is, here is a brief description;
Tai Chi is recognised by the Chinese Government and many Health Institutes around the world as a form of exercise that offers one of the greatest all-round benefits to health.
Originally created 400 years ago as a martial arts system that incorporated the wisdom of the ancient Taoist philosophy of Yin and Yang with specialised breathing techniques and a profound understanding of the internal energy meridians used in traditional Chinese Medicine. Chen style Tai Chi (Taijiquan) is a sequence of dynamic movements that combines soft and hard with fast and slow actions, in a balanced and natural way.
During practice the body remains relaxed with the practitioners’ consciousness, breathing and actions all closely connected. These unique features enhance benefits to health, fitness, and weight-loss and are just a few of the reasons why so many people, regardless of age and level of fitness, regularly practice Chen Style Tai Chi throughout the world today.
Tai Chi exercises are said to regulate all systems within the body, improving digestion, respiration and circulation. As the movements are performed in a relaxed manner this can also lead to a reduction in stress-related disorders. The low-impact nature of the routines improves the condition of bones, joints and muscles without strain whilst encouraging balance, focus, flexibility and coordination to promote health and vitality within the individual.
It’s no wonder that Tai Chi is now being offered in various hospitals and centres throughout NHS Scotland.
We have been very lucky to have gained the services of two Tai Chi instructors from Glasgow based “Scotland Tai Chi”;
Mhairi McGowan is a qualified Level 2 Tai Chi instructor under Grandmaster Liming Yue of the Tai Chi Centre UK and will be running the weekly classes at the Barony St. John.
Michaela Sinclair (seen in the purple outfit) is a Level 4 Tai Chi, 3rd Duan Wei Qigong instructor and an indoor student of Grandmaster Liming Yue of the Tai Chi Centre UK and will be running master classes at various points throughout the year.
I’ve also ordered a banner to advertise the opening of the hall and the evening classes we now offer – what do you think?
Ideally, I’d like to get a Yoga instructor and someone to teach meditation to complete the balance between “exertive” classes and “relaxed” classes.
Watch this space. 🙂