Playful Dragons Tai Chi & Qi Gong classes provide excellent instruction in Yang and Wudang styles of Tai Chi and various Qi Gong exercises. All abilities are welcome, from absolute beginners to the more experienced practitioner. Classes are aimed at promoting physical well-being, mental quietude and greater flexibility.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is a Chinese Internal Martial Art originally developed in 13th-Century China, but is perhaps more commonly practiced around the world today as a health-promoting exercise, combining slow and gentle movements with synchronised breathing.
Tai Chi has been shown to reduce anxiety, stress, lower back pain, joint pain, headaches, sleeping disorders and arthritis, among many other benefits. Tai Chi can also increase mobility, flexibility, balance and mental quietude. In addition, Tai Chi has been shown to improve aerobic capacity, increased energy levels and build muscle strength.
NB If you have any existing medical conditions, you are advised to consult your doctor before attending class. However, you are free to simply come and observe if that makes you feel more comfortable.
How will it help me?
After years of heartbreak from the loss of comrades in Afghanistan, the anger of several failed relationships, the pain of an abused body and the anxiety of not knowing what to do with my life, I found a tool that offered me a path to greater self-mastery - Tai Chi.
Tai Chi's graceful, fluid movementsoffers you time and space to do, not think; to move and act without hesitation. Tai Chi focuses the mind, exercises the body and can even help you manage reactions to strong emotions.