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Try Free Taste of Tai Chi on Oct. 26

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today


The Taoist Tai Chi Peterborough-Lindsay Branch — which includes Northumberland — is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Peterborough actually declared Oct. 1 Taoist Tai Chi Day, and a new series of classes starts in Port Hope Nov. 2.

The branch (which covers a large area from Lindsay to the west, Haliburton to the north, Campbellford to the east, and Cobourg and Port Hope to the south) has been part of the community since 1976, with close to 400 participants who give back to the community in support such local charities as the Parkinson's Society and regional hospitals.

Globally. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi is a volunteer-based community-oriented organization located in more than 25 countries, bringing together together people of different languages and cultures.

The founder, Master Moy Lin Shin, was a Taoist monk and tai chi master who dedicated his life to studying the Taoist methods of transformation, and making them available to all who wished to learn. Accredited volunteers instruct all classes and perform most of the administrative duties in all locations.

Taoist Tai Chi® involves stretching, a full range of motion and the continuous turning of the waist and spine. These movements exercise the tendons, joints, connective tissue and internal organs.

The most important thing to remember is to continue practising, have fun and stay balanced.

A free Taste of Tai Chi class was offered in Cobourg in September. In advance of the new Port Hope class, members have set aside Oct. 26 to offer a Free Taste of Tai Chi class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Port Hope United Church (34 South St.). It's your chance to learn some moves and see what Tai Chi can do for you.

Everyone is welcome — for more information, call 905-373-9490.