Nicole Smith In 2001 I was diagnosed with a rare lung disease which has resulted in extensive scarring on both lungs. My lung capacity and quality is around half that of the average person. My specialist advised me to get as fit as I can to ensure that my quality of life is the best it can be.

I began Tai Chi in September 2004 as an alternative form of exercise. At that stage I knew very little of the benefits Tai Chi offered but hoped that the class would help me with relaxation. I have since discovered that Tai Chi is so much more. I have seen a huge improvement in my flexibility, muscle tone plus my stress levels have decreased over the last few months.

Our class environment is very relaxed. Each student is encouraged and given helpful suggestions where improvement can be made. The teaching style of the tutors promotes a desire to learn more and questions are always encouraged. Just when you think you are comfortable with an exercise, a new dimension is added and the exercise almost feels like a new one. Each class offers something new to challenge you, so you never get bored.

I have found the seminars very informative and believe my Tai Chi improves in the weeks following each session. I have gained a better technical understanding of each exercise and can appreciate that there is so much more to learn and improve on. The seminars give depth to each exercise.

I love the fact that Tai Chi can be practiced almost anywhere. It does not have to be "put on hold" because you are on holiday. No equipment is needed, just some comfortable clothing.


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