Make 2018 your year of Tai Chi!

The Monday night class in the Balloch Hall has now resumed. It runs from 2030 – 2130. If you fancy getting 2018 off to a healthful and relaxing start why not come along and give it a try!

I love this time of  year, with its lengthening days and the promise of a fresh start. There’s nothing better than a bit of outdoor Tai Chi in the crisp winter sun.

The photo was taken during a Chi Kung session on the shores of a frozen Loch Morlich, with the snowy Cairngorms behind.  I’m doing standing Chi Kung or Zhan Zhuang (literally standing like a pole). This practise is great for body awareness and  posture. One simply stands and listens the body, paying close attention to all the little micro-adjustments that the body makes as it effortlessly resists the pull of gravity.

Give the gift of Tai Chi this Xmas with a Taster Voucher from Wild Tai Chi!

Struggling for present ideas?

Why not give your hard-to-buy-for loved ones a Tai Chi Taster Voucher from Wild Tai Chi?

What is Tai Chi? Think of Tai Chi as a kind of standing Chinese yoga, with a dollop of relaxation and mindfulness thrown in for good measure!

What do you get? Each voucher entitles the holder to 1 hour of tuition, including gentle warmup exercises, body awareness, relaxation and balance.

Where will the session take place? It depends on the weather! If it’s wet and wintery I’ll use the Balloch Village Hall or a similar venue. If the weather is good we can use one of my local outdoor tai chi venues.

Can I bring a friend along? Sure – the voucher covers 1 or 2 people!

How long does the voucher last for? Vouchers are valid until December 31st 2018

What does it cost? Because it’s almost Christmas I’m offering these vouchers at £45 each (a 25 % discount over my regular price for a 1:1 lesson!)

Sounds great, how do I buy one? You can pay by Paypal or bank transfer, message me for details.

How do I redeem my voucher? Contact me on 07769 215 657 or gavin@wildtaichi.co.uk, we’ll arrange a suitable time and place for your taster session.

 

What should I wear for my Tai Chi class?

This is the question I am asked most by new students.. When it comes to clothes the answer is easy – anything comfortable. Gym clothes are fine. There is no need to dress in robes like you’re from a different century.

It’s less straightforward to tell people what to wear on their feet. I used to go barefoot, then I got into wearing trainers. Both are fine. But I think I’ve found the perfect footwear – barefoot shoes!

I have previously been very suspicious of these ridiculous foot gloves, but I have been getting into barefoot walking as part of my efforts to strengthen the arches of my feet. Unfortunately my feet are really too soft and sensitive for walking around on jaggy stones, so I suppressed my doubts and ordered up a used pair of Vibram Fivefingers.

My toes can really spread out and they have just enough protection to take the pain out of barefoot walking. It feels like my feet are being reanimated  after years of being locked in foot coffins.

I’ve since discovered that Chinese copies can be had on ebay for a fraction of the cost of the overpriced genuine items.