We have tried to encourage the more hard-to-reach older residents of the Borough to attend weekly keep-fit sessions held in the New Essex Unitarian Church in Campden Ward, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace W8 4RT.

We hold free Tai Chi classes ran by coach Christine Jones who is the founder of Tai Ji Circle, a registered charity aiming to bring the benefits of Tai Chi to people of all ages including 60+ people and the disabled. As well as managing and running the Tai Ji Circle, Christine also assists with teaching Chen Taijiquan and has taught Taiji and gi gong in a variety of places from Triyoga in London, to a P & O Cruise ship. For over five years she taught a weekly class for older people for Age UK which was supported by MIND in Enfield through the Big Lottery Fund.

Our classes take place every Friday from 11 am to 12 noon. We have worked with the CLCH/Falls Prevention team to refer those individuals who will need a different support to improve their wellbeing.

We have also encouraged older people who live in the immediate vicinity of the Church to attend these classes and to engage in local activities that we delivered in 2018 and plan to continue delivering in 2019.

Some of the benefits of Tai Chi for older people include:

  • Better mood, with lower levels of depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Greater aerobic capacity and muscle strength
  • Fewer falls
  • More energy and stamina
  • Enhanced flexibility, balance and agility
  • Lower blood pressure and improved heart health
  • Reduced inflammation

Find out more about the benefits of Tai Chi from Harvard Medical School.

Our Weekly Free Tai Chi Classes:

The Essex Unitarian Church, 112 Palace Garden Terrace, W8 4RT at 11 am to 12 noon every Friday.


Chris Jones taking a class: Sifang Quan student Demo




 

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