by Lily Chick
DISCOVER THE secrets of an ancient Chinese Martial Art right here in Saddleworth.
Tai Chi and Qigong classes are now open in Diggle and are held every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm and on Fridays from 10.45am to 11.45am at Kilngreen Hall.
Katja Londa, a qualified Level 3 instructor, who runs the classes, first started Tai Chi 15 years ago after her first son was born.
A friend took her along to a class and she immediately took to the sport and has never looked back since.
Katja explained her favourite part of the classes is the calming effect it has on her and others in the midst of everyone’s stressful lives.
She added: “Everyone should give Tai Chi a chance as it is a sport for everyone, old and young. It’s a great way to get moving and unwind at the same time.
“The graceful, slow, circular movements require you to focus solely on what the body is doing in the present moment.
“Your mind slows down. You forget the stress you’ve just had at work or elsewhere.
“Tai Chi has been called ‘meditation in motion’ and that is exactly what it is for me. Switching off, while doing beautiful, flowing movements that have been done by generations of people for centuries.
“My classes have a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where I focus on each individual.”
The ancient Chinese Martial Art is used to help relax the mind and body, relieve stress, and improve posture, balance and coordination.
Tai Chi is also known to strengthen your immune system and is recommended by doctors to prevent falls.
Katja added: “It has been shown to be beneficial as an adjunct therapy for many, many health conditions including: arthritis, fall prevention, stress, cardiovascular disease, problems with the digestive system and impaired immune system.
“For this reason Tai Chi is now also being called ‘medication in motion’!”
New people are always welcome to Katja’s sessions and are encouraged to just turn up wearing comfortable clothes and shoes, with classes costing £4.50 each, and just £2.50 for your first class.
For more information call Katja on 07800 669853 or visit her Facebook page: Tai Chi at Kilngreen.