I sent out the Term 2 newsletter a few days early because I have some exciting news. We have the opportunity to participate in World Tai Chi Day next Saturday! Please let me know if you’ll be able to join me or if you have any questions.
World Tai Chi Day
World Tai Chi Day is held each year on the last Saturday in April, at 10am, local time wherever you are in the world. Beginning in New Zealand, as the clock reaches 10am a wave of tai chi builds and rolls around the world, ending at 10am in Hawaii. This year we have the opportunity to participate in this amazing event, thanks to one of the other local Tai Chi instructors. For the past few years I’ve been away at this time of year and this year WTCD completely slipped my mind. I’d love for as many of you as possible to join me on the North side of Memorial Park in Wanneroo, at 9:45am on Saturday 28th April, to ride that 10 o’clock wave of chi. Please invite your family and friends to come along and watch (or join in). Don’t worry if you don’t feel like you know what you’re doing, you can still take part; just stand in the middle of the group and move along with the rest of us. Please contact me, either by email, text or a phone call, to let me know if you’ll be there and to ask any further questions. I’ve taken part in a few WTCD events over the years and they are always a lot of fun, leaving everyone involved with a great sense of wellbeing and energy. We’ll plan to finish up around 10:30, so you won’t lose your whole morning, though we could head over to Dome for a coffee afterwards if there’s enough interest. 😉
Term 2 dates
Term 2 starts next week. Dates are as follows:
Wanneroo Recreation Centre, 275 Scenic Drive, Wanneroo
30th April – 25th June(inc). No Tai Chi 4th June (Western Australia Day)
Banksia Grove Community Centre, 14 Grasstree Bend, Banksia Grove
4th May – 29th June (inc).
Jenolan Way Community Centre, Merriwa, 16 Jenolan Way, Merriwa
4th May – 29th June (inc).
Contact me for new registrations and for more information
New Merriwa Class
I’ve been teaching a tai chi class in Merriwa for Arthritis WA for several years now, so this isn’t really a new class. The difference this term is that I’ve taken over the class and I’ll be taking the bookings directly. What’s the advantage for participants? Instead of having to pay for the full term up front, payment will be on a week-by-week basis just like my other classes. I’m as excited about this change as the existing Merriwa group is, but it will only work if we can build our numbers up to make it viable when a few participants are away. If you know anyone living between Wanneroo and Yanchep, who’d like to join a tai chi class, please have them contact me. Of course, anyone attending my other classes is also welcome at the Merriwa class. It’s a great venue with lots of space.
Replying to newsletters
I recently came across a number of replies to my first newsletter of the year, that I hadn’t previously seen. My email server had held on to them, not forwarding them to my Inbox or my Spam folder. If you did reply to that newsletter and I didn’t get back to you, I apologise. I’ve made a change to this newsletter so replies should come directly to my normal email address. Don’t forget you can always call or text me, or click on the link in my email signature as an alternative. And if you’re expecting an answer and I don’t reply, please do try contacting me again.
One question that I often get asked is related to whether it’s safe for a person to participate in tai chi. The forms that I teach are specifically designed for people with a variety of health problems. Emphasis is placed on working within your own body’s comfort zone. We can always modify the moves to suit individual challenges; knee, shoulder, hip problems, to name just a few. You can learn many of the forms seated; I’ve even taught people who are wheelchair bound. The important thing to remember is to listen to your own body!
I’m looking forward to sharing your tai chi journey again in Term 2. Please share this with anyone you know who might like to join us.