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Tai Chi sessions return to Leicester Market

Published on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A FLAVOUR of traditional Chinese exercise and culture is due to return to Leicester Market from this spring.


Free, early morning outdoor Tai Chi sessions, which took place for the first time last year, are returning to the New Market Square.


Activities will begin at the market on Saturday, April 28, which is World Tai Chi and Qigong Day.


Starting with a traditional Lion Dance at 10am, there will be a Tai Chi demonstration in the new Market Square from 10.15am to 10.45am, followed from 10.45am to 11am by a taster session in the ancient healing art of Qigong.


The public Tai Chi Sessions begin in the New Market Square the following weekend, with the first class taking place on Saturday, May 5, from 9am to 10am, and continuing each Saturday morning at the same time.


The sessions are free to attend, and do not need to be booked in advance. Tai Chi is suitable for all ages and abilities, though participants with health conditions which may affect them should inform the instructor.


Leicester Market, the Confucius Institute at De Montfort University and Tai Chi instructor Sifu Derek Frearson have worked together to put on the events.


Tai Chi is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise which was developed in China, and combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements and positions.


Tai Chi is believed to help reduce stress, improve balance, posture and mobility.