Community physical activity classes

Tai chi

What is tai chi?

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of exercise that strengthens the body, relaxes the mind and lifts the spirit.

Research has shown that regular practice of tai chi can improve balance and coordination and reduce the risk of falling.

Where are the classes?

  • Peckwater Centre, Peckwater Street, NW5 2TX
  • Wednesday 2.00-3.00pm (V)
  • Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, London NW3
    Thursday 12.00-1.00pm (V)

How do I join?

  • the first session is free
  • after this each session costs £3 for residents and £6 for non-residents (unless stated)
  • you will need to buy an exercise voucher from any Camden library
  • take the voucher along to the session and meet the instructor (make sure you arrive 10 minutes before your first session to register)
  • you can save time by filling out our welcome survey before attending and taking it with you

Instructor

Jane has been teaching tai chi since 1998 in a variety of settings and communities. She has primarily taught classes aimed at the 50+ age group and people referred by their doctors or other health professionals.

“I teach a small number of movements over a long period. Many of the people don’t come because it’s tai chi in itself, but because it is gradual, pleasant and relaxing. I want them to have an experience that makes them feel good. It’s about loosening up, doing movements and exercises, and focusing on different aspects of your body and balance.”

What the participants think

“I find it really calms you down and improves your balance. It’s a great way to start exercising as its very gentle and gives you a good introduction to movement and balance. I would really recommend it.” Josie, aged 68

Find why Josie attends tai chi classes, read her story

Tai Chi welcomes Olympic Torch to Camden

As the Olympic Torch arrived in Camden, London, it was greeted by residents performing one of the world's oldest exercise systems, the ancient art of Tai Chi. Jane Ward of the Camden active health team led these young-at-heart elders.

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