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What is Tai Chi?


Tai Chi is a form of exercise - sometimes known as ‘moving meditation’.  It is well known for promoting health and vitality and is practised by millions of people all over the planet every day.


The sequence of steps which make up a Tai Chi ‘form’ are based on Martial Arts moves - although it is not usually taught as a fighting form in the UK. Because it is performed slowly and gently, it is increasingly popular for people of all ages who want to exercise and stay flexible in an enjoyable way. It can be very calming to do, leaving you feeling both energised and relaxed.


Yang Style Tai Chi as taught by Gerda (Pytt) Geddes


Tai Chi originated in China - and many people will be familiar with the image of groups of Chinese doing this graceful exercise outdoors in the parks, in all weathers. Various styles of Tai Chi have been passed down through different Tai Chi families - Yang Style refers to a form originating from the Yang family.  Pytt Geddes  (1917 - 2006) an extraordinary Norwegian woman - a dancer and psychotherapist - was living in China when she first saw Tai Chi performed in 1948.  Through great persistence she persuaded a master to teach her and on her return to England, she was the first European to teach Tai Chi in Britain.




Balance seems to be at the heart of what Tai Chi is about.  Within a couple of lessons students of Tai Chi start to reassess what it might mean to move with awareness of how the foot touches the ground and supports weight. Then comes the revelation that the more you relax, the easier it is to balance!  The benefit of this in building confidence and improving balance means that walking and climbing stairs and other everyday activities can be carried out with more ease.  (Healthcare practitioners in the NHS now recognise and use Tai Chi as an effective way of helping to reduce falls)


Many of us are striving to address imbalance in our lives on all sorts of levels - overwork - or not enough work; too little exercise - or never any time to stop and sit still; worry about the future or distress from the past. Tai Chi helps us to spend a little more time enjoying the present moment, which in turn allows us to take stock and to be more centred.



See the Tai Chi Classes page for details.

Related links


Biography of Gerda Geddes

Further information


Mindfulness & Yoga in Suffolk