Blogpost by Christel Hernalesteen, Treasurer
What better way to start the new year than with THE mindfulness exercise: Tai Chi Chuan! Combining mindfulness and gentle exercise we were sure this would be an appealing activity to kick-off our year of Borough Belles meetings.
Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan is a traditional Chinese martial art with a family lineage dating back over one hundred and fifty years. Its origins lie in the Imperial court of Ching dynasty China. As a form of exercise, it combines gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness.
Neville Cote was our instructor for the evening and came from Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy in Brixton, one of sixteen official Wu family Academies around the world with headquarters based in Hong Kong.
We started the evening with a series of simple warm-up exercises to get the blood flowing and the muscles warmed up. Then Neville taught us several Tai Chi sequences. The exercise sequences were slow and deliberate movements, demanding a focus of the mind and control of muscles and body. They were certainly not easy and more physical than we expected. Everyone enjoyed the Tai Chi taster and didn’t doubt the benefits of practising this on a weekly or daily basis.
We concluded the evening with a short Q&A with Neville, who spoke briefly about his Tai Chi journey. For more information please visit his website:https://www.wustylebrixton.co.uk
Neville also has a free community class at Pop Brixton every Monday (except bank holidays) 12.30pm till 1.30pm. There is no need to book so people can just turn up. Full details are at the bottom of this page of the lesson section on the website.