For Monday evening classes at King Henry VIII School, please contact Carol on 07810 575100 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details (you may need a code to enter the gate after 7:30pm).
Friday day classes at Earlsdon Park Village and Xcel Leisure Centre are currently not running but weather dependent, we may be practising in the Memorial Park at 1:30 - 3:00pm. Meet in the small car park opposite Humphrey Burtons Road (please email email@example.com or ring 07810 575100 for details).
What is T’ai Chi?
T’ai Chi is a gentle but powerful system of movements and exercises designed to improve wellbeing and help us to operate harmoniously with our surroundings.
How can T’ai Chi benefit me?
T’ai Chi can:
Reduce stress - modern life places strains on the mind and the body that they were never designed to cope with. Over time, worries and mental anguish can manifest themselves as physical symptoms.
T’ai chi helps with this in a number of ways - firstly, physical exercise in itself has been proven to be an effective treatment for illnesses such as mild to moderate depression.
Secondly, the meditative nature of T’ai Chi gives the mind a chance to rest. Meditation has been shown to actually cause growth in areas of the brain associated with attention and processing sensory input. Put these two things together and you end up with something unlike most Western forms of exercise.
Improve health - beyond reducing stress which is a significant cause of illness in Britain, regular practice of t’ai chi improves the immune system and conditions the internal organs (which are not really considered in other forms of exercise). Chi Gung has been shown to significantly increase Bone Mass Density when compared to a control group.
Improve flexibility - most of the exercises in t’ai chi focus not on building up individual sets of muscles which can lead to stiffness, fatigue and injuries in later life, but on the movement of the joints through exercises which flow from one pose to another.
Improve balance - whether in a self defence situation or just in general life, good balance can mean the difference between a trip to hospital and a normal day.
Improve circulation - t'ai chi has been shown to be as good for cardiovascular health as activities such as zumba. It also increases the circulation to the internal organs which ultimately govern how well we feel.
Who can do T’ai Chi?
T’ai Chi is suitable for people of all ages. Older people may find Lee Style easier than other styles as it tends not to use “deep” stances but it is equally suitable for younger practitioners. In fact, the earlier you start, the greater the benefit will be to your life. Beginners are always welcome at the class.
How much does it cost?
Monday evening classes are £7 or £5 for concessions and membership/insurance is £40 for a year. Friday classes cost £3.50 (reduced rate available for Earlsdon Park residents/gym members).
How do I find the class?
King Henry VIII School is located on the A429 (Warwick Road) opposite the pedestrian entrance to Coventry railway station (just by Central Six). The drama studio is just next to the Spencer Road car park in the block directly below the number 2 on the map.
The hall entrance is a little tricky to find but if you locate the minibuses on the right hand side of the car park as you come in and follow that wall around, keeping it on the right you will eventually come to some grey double doors which lead into the drama studio. If the weather is good, we may be training on the grass shown at the top of the map. N.B. please call 07810 575100 for the gate code.
Friday day classes are at Earlsdon Park Village which is on the Albany Road, just after the railway bridge as you head into town. Ask at reception for details.
Monday nights 7:30 - 9pm
King Henry VIII School Drama Studio, Warwick Road, Coventry, CV3 6AQ
Fridays 11am - 12pm
Earlsdon Park Village
Fridays 1pm - 2:30pm
Xcel Leisure Centre
If you have any queries, please contact Carol:
Tel: 01926 737054
Mobile: 07810 575100