Tai Chi teacher Margaret Hagan offers tips to Mary Minogue, watched by Daphne Farmer and Dorothy Radcliffe.
Tai Chi teacher Margaret Hagan offers tips to Mary Minogue, watched by Daphne Farmer and Dorothy Radcliffe.

Oldies call tune on fitness class

A POPULAR, yet peaceful revolt altered some plans for Tweed Sen- iors Week activities yesterday.

Margaret Hagan was to lead a Gi Gong class – a form of meditation based on oriental martial arts – from 11.15am DST yesterday at the Banora Point Community Centre.

But she said many who expressed interest in attending were not familiar with Gi Gong and wished to instead practise the more widely known Tai Chi – a series of meditative movements and poses.

“Gi Gong is more about breathing, whereas Tai Chi is more about movement and exercise,” she said.

Ms Hagan had a busy Seniors Week, as she also held a well attended Tai Chi demonstration at Kingscliff on Wednesday.

“We had a great response at Kingscliff,” Ms Hagan said.

“One of my 80-year-old ladies on the day actually got up and led the demonstration with me.”

Banora Point resident and Tai Chi exponent of 12 months, Mary Minogue, said Gi Gong was actually a normal way of preparing for a Tai Chi session.

“I play golf and, though I'm not necessarily playing any better at the moment, Tai Chi does relax you and help with balance,” Ms Minogue said.

“I actually started with another couple of ladies but they unfortunately dropped out.”

Ms Hagan said breath was the key to life, and proper breathing which both Gi Gong and Tai Chi encouraged organ massage and kept them healthy.

“I've been involved in Seniors Week for a long time, and I have noticed more interest in the Tai Chi side of things,” she said.

“Oh yeah, there was great feedback.”



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