Age UK Berkshire run Tai Chi classes in the parish hall at Christ the King on Northumberland Avenue. The last class of 2019 before the Christmas break was on Wednesday 4 December and was followed by festive refreshments.
Steve Large of Elite Tai Chi led the session starting with some gentle warming up exercises. We then moved on to practice a sequence of 74 movements. The moves were bewildering for a first timer, but at least the pace was slow and there was plenty of space to spread out in the hall.
There were about 12 participants (pictured above) for the class; some had been taking part for five years and others only began a few months ago.
As a desk-based-computer-tapping-correspondent I immediately felt the benefit to my shoulders and upper arms; I was not too exhausted to walk back up Northumberland Avenue to the Whitley Pump HQ and the next day I didn’t ache at all.
The first session in the New Year will be on Wednesday 8 January and there will be a session every week thereafter. Classes start at 2pm, last for an hour and there is no need to book. The cost is £5 a session, which includes refreshments afterwards, but you can try a session for free.
Christ the King is right on the Emerald No 5 bus route at the Brayford Road stop.