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Lifting their spirits for better health

A community of 40 participants from the Southern Interior gather recently to practise Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi arts and celebrate the near completion of fall beginner classes. - photo submitted
A community of 40 participants from the Southern Interior gather recently to practise Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi arts and celebrate the near completion of fall beginner classes.
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Editor’s note: the following is from the Vernon Centre of Fung Loy Koy Taoist Tai Chi.

Are you someone who wants to improve balance, improve strength and flexibility, and develop inner calm? Are you young, busy and stressed? Are recurrent injuries holding you back from recreational activities? Are you stiff and sore? Are you retired and looking for better health and a challenge?

Come and join our Taoist Tai Chi  beginner classes starting in January. Experience how this gentle set of 108 moves promotes health and well- being for people of all ages and in all health conditions.

Taoist Tai Chi arts are founded on a rich tradition of Taoist training. While there are many ways to participate in Taoist training, most people begin with the physical practice of Tai Chi. This set of 108 movements exercises the whole body. It is distinguished at the physical level by stretching, full range of motion and continuous turning of the spine.

The beginner level helps the student develop body awareness and a healthy physical posture by gently moving the body in ways that promote muscular relaxation, body alignment, coordination and balance. Beginners also learn the benefits to practising together as a group to let go of self-consciousness, to work at their own level of physical ability, to trust the group to guide and support them, and to have fun.

Taoist Tai Chi arts are a self-regulated form of exercise that lends itself to the needs of all participants. All instructors are accredited and volunteers, who teach as a way of giving back for the benefits they have received.

Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi is a non-profit registered charity offering classes in 26 countries. You are welcome to attend unlimited classes in any of our more than 500 locations. Beginner classes start in January at our Vernon Centre, 3105-28th St. Call us at 250-542-1822 to register, or see www.taoist.org  to learn more.

 

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