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the Lotus flowerTai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese exercise/art form. It is one of the martial arts. It originated in China around the 5th century A.D. and is now practiced all over China and in many other countries. It comes from the “inner school” of the martial arts – the one that deals with the harmonizing of mind, body and soul; the outer school deals primarily with physical strength, speed and self-defence, ie. Karate etc. It consists of a series of slow graceful movements, which combined with deep rhythmic breathing offer many health benefits.

 

embracing the tigerThe philosophy of the T’ai Chi encourages the idea of “no force”. This concept could be termed “going with the flow”. It is much harder to push up against the current of life than it is to flow with it. Although a very gentle form of exercise Tai Chi is also very powerful. Many of the great masters maintain their balance, concentration and stamina into their 90’s through the daily practice of the T’ai Chi Chuan. Jo teaches the Yang style, long form of the Tai Chi. It takes 16 one and a half hour classes to learn the form which, once learned, takes 20 minutes to perform. It is the solo practice and can be done anywhere and anytime. Nothing is needed except loose comfortable clothing and soft flexible shoes. It is suitable for both men and women of all ages. It can be taken up at any stage in your life. The only contra-indication, however, concerns those who suffer from severe arthritis of the knees. For those who suffer from this it is not considered suitable.

 
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Jo Pender

T’ai Chi classes are being offered by Jo Pender. Jo is originally from Tullamore, but is now residing in Headford. She has been doing T’ai Chi since 1993 and has been teaching since 2001 in Galway and Mayo. With the Yang style one must be practicing for 8 years before being qualified to teach. Jo has a masters degree in Counselling Psychology and is a qualified Shiatsu massage therapist. Having worked in both disciplines Jo finds that T’ai Chi brings mind and body together into one practice.

 

 

 

Jo Pender teaches T'ai Chi in Galway city and county. If you have any questions or if you wish to find out where and what time classes are taking place please contact Jo at:

 

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