Learn about the benefits of Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese practice designed to exercise the mind and body. It is rooted in Chinese meditation, medicine, and martial arts, and combines mental concentration with slow, controlled movements to focus the mind, challenge the body, and improve the flow of what the Chinese call ‘qi’ - the life energy thought to sustain health and calm the mind.

The benefits of Tai Chi are to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. As we learn to relax and breathe more deeply, stress is reduced. Tai Chi can be practiced at any age or level of intensity that best suits your goals. You may simply want to learn how to relax, develop improved flexibility and fitness, or just practise more intensely in order to gain higher skills over a longer period of training.

Felim Burke is delighted to invite anyone who’s interested to a free talk and demo about Tai Chi on Thursday April 9 at 10am in St Mary’s Hall, Northgate Street, Athlone. A new Tai Chi beginners course will start at 10am on Thursday April 16 at the same venue. Felim has been practising Tai Chi for the past 13 years at the Galway Tai Chi Academy, and gained his teaching credentials five years ago. His teacher, Shifu Niall O’Floinn, head instructor at the Galway Tai Chi Academy since 1998, is a senior student of 12th generation lineage holder of Chen Taijiquan, Grandmaster Wang Hai Jun.

To book your place call (086 ) 0853074 or check out www.chentaichiireland.com

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