My semester of Tai Chi is fast coming to an end so I thought it would be a good idea to check in with an update on how it has been going and what I have learned.
Apart from learning the sequences of movements, what else did I learn along the way?
Tai Chi obviously involves slow movements (it’s not going to be anything like an aerobics class of course). Practicing slow sequences of movements over and over is much like playing a musical instrument or practicing any other type of skill, and as it has been a long time since I have done this type of thing it gave me a new appreciation of the patience required.
Most of the course fell during my first trimester of pregnancy. I often felt quite fatigued and “baby brained” during the first trimester, so it was sometimes quite a challenge to remember the sequences of movements. Concentrating on the present moment and practicing mindfulness was important, and in order to improve there really was no other way to focus properly during the classes other than practicing a mindful approach at all times. It was often harder than I thought it would be to remember the sequences.
Discovering more about my body
I was reminded of just how tough I was on my body throughout my teenage years and in my twenties (playing multiple musical instruments, practicing hours per day, sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time throughout ten years of university, not getting anywhere near enough exercise or sleep, the list goes on). Every now and then I could feel a twinge here or there (we were told knee injuries are the most common in Tai Chi so to be aware of this and to be very careful). In my earlier years I spent extended periods of time carrying heavy bags, textbooks, and musical instruments on public transport all over the city and beyond, wearing platform shoes all day long (and high heels), and other behaviours that are not exactly appreciated by physiotherapists or sports medicine doctors, and I sometimes think I can still feel the aftereffects of a combination of all these things. It is good to have a newfound awareness, now that I am in my thirties, to really look after my body and value my health. Sleep, exercise, good food, and adequate rest are so important for keeping everything in balance and keeping the (fibromyalgia and scoliosis) pain at bay.
Lastly, it taught me that I really miss yoga!
I’ve been fitting in a little yoga from home: five minutes first thing in the morning, another five minutes here or there during baby’s nap time, five or ten minutes before bed, but I really like being able to go to a one hour class where I can focus on nothing but working on my yoga for the whole hour (because as much as I like to stay disciplined at home, there are so many other things calling my name: cooking, cleaning, writing the blog)… Attending the class gives me that uninterrupted hour of bliss, and I am really looking forward to getting back to it in mid-December. I enjoyed Tai Chi, but what can I say?
Yoga is my thing!
See you again soon,
Bridget @ Hot Tea Travel & Thyme