Taking It All In
Designed to help improve both physical and mental fitness and aid in relaxation, Tai Chi emanated from an ancient Chinese martial art and chee is the vital energy or life force animated in all living things in the universe.
I’ve always wanted to learn Tai Chi. I’d watch the commercial on television where Tai Chi participants, dressed in their uniforms, practiced on the grass in the park while the birds chirped in the background. I’d always pictured myself doing this, taking it all in…the air, the sounds, the relaxation (and perhaps some bird poop too!).
When we lived in Virginia, I signed up for a Tai Chi Class which was held in Roanoke. However, after attending only a handful of classes, I stopped going. The reason? The instructor simply said, “Just follow me. Do what I do.” He was one of those. That didn't impress me as an "instructor", although he certainly had the credentials. Besides that, he could never grasp the concept of my nickname let alone master the spelling of “JP.” That put me over the edge!
Needless to say, I decided he just wasn’t for me and dropped out after a few classes. I needed to learn the basics...the fundamentals... the concepts.
So guess what I’m doing?
Yep…taking Tai Chi, which meets twice a week through the end of August. Striving to improve balance and give you the basics, it's a small class which is great. I feel so relaxed when I leave!
Although I've only gone a few times thus far, I think it will prepare me for the beginners Tai Chi class starting this Fall. Our instructor is AWESOME and has been studying for eight years!
Oh, one more thing...
he did NOT have a problem with my nickname...:)