Thinking about Tai Chi brings pictures of people doing slow movements with their bodies.
Physical activity is good, especially in current times when we do not exercise enough.
However, when we do exercise it affects the mind. The link between body and mind is a scientific fact. Whatever we do with the body it influences the mind and whatever we do with the mind, due to complex neurochemical processes, finds its expression on a bodily level. It has been known for millennia, that by influencing a body, we can influence a mind – both in a positive and negative way.
A phrase “a healthy mind in a healthy body” summarises it the best.
In antiquity, the education of young people always included both, mental and physical training.
There is as well the third aspect of our existence. Usually, we are not aware of it unless there is something horribly wrong with it. It is known both in the East and the West.
It is called: vitality, life force, qi, prana, etc.
We could compare vitality to electricity. If metaphorically, a body is like a light bulb, a mind like the light, the life force is the electricity. The more of it we have the better our body/mind can function.
In Tai Chi we move our bodies in a specific way, learning to synchronize breathing with movements. This promotes the circulation of the life force inside our bodies. When that happens, energy can flow unobstructed and the vitality increases. Harmonious flow of energy has positive health benefits for body and mind.
After a short period of practising Tai Chi the level of Qi, the life force, usually increases noticeably. If you want to experience it, you can join our free Tai Chi class.
If you want to join, meet us in Finsbury Park on Sundays. If it is not raining, we will wait at Finsbury Park Cafe, by the ponds at 14:00 sharp, from there we will find some nice piece of grass for our Tai-Chi class (no guarantee that each time it will be the same part of the Park).
If there are enough of us in the winter time we may think about hiring a hall – if yes, this will be the only costs involved.
Join our Facebook Finsbury Park Tai Chi group
The map and address: Finsbury Park Cafe, Endymion Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ
The most practical thing would be if you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and leave your name and mobile number, so if you are late, you will still be able to locate us in the park.