DISCLAIMER: I was paid by ParkLives to attend this event and write this post. In no way does that fact alter my opinion of the event I attended.
On the 23rd July, myself and Morgan went to Brynmill Park for a session of Tai Chi, being run by ParkLives from Coca-Cola. I was approached by Park Lives to try out one of their sessions that they are hosting all over the UK during the summer, to encourage people to get out and about with some fun activities. There are a wide range of activities going on during the summer period and Tai Chi For Beginners was one that I took an interest in. With Morgan as my plus one, we travelled down to Swansea to learn some Tai Chi.
I was very worried about two things; one, will the weather be good and two, were we going to be the only ones there. Thankfully, I was wrong on both of these thoughts; the weather was lovely and dry and there were quite a lot of us too.
A lot of the moves that we learnt were a very basic introduction to the world of Tai Chi and revolved around opening up certain parts of the body and being aware of how your body feels internally. I found a lot of the moves rather relaxing and I can definitely see myself incorporating some of these moves into a cooldown routine at the gym, or if I just need to de-stress.
An aspect of Tai Chi that I really found interesting was the talk of the 5 Elements; Fire, Metal, Water, Earth and Wood. Each of the elements has a different healing effect on the body and we got to learn some of the moves to them, which I enjoyed doing. As we went through each move, I could feel myself getting more and more relaxed as the session went on, if a bit too warm with the sun on my back.