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Celebrate world Tai Chi Day at Leicester Market this weekend

Published on Thursday, April 25, 2019

LEICESTER Market will be hosting tradition Chinese celebrations and taster sessions of the art of Tai Chi this weekend.

To mark world Tai Chi Day on Saturday, April 27, the New Market Square will be hosting a traditional Chinese lion dance at 10am, followed by a demonstration of Tai Chi (Taijiquan) by renowned local instructor Sifu Derek Freason and DMU’s Confucius Institute.

Free Tai Chi taster sessions will then take place up until 11am with Sifu Frearson, who runs sessions at the Peepul Centre Leicester and has been practicing Tai Chi for over 50 years.

From Saturday, May 4, New Market Square will also host free early morning Tai Chi sessions, from 9am to 10am, giving visitors the chance to start the day with the healthy, ancient exercise. The sessions will take place at the same time each Saturday morning through the summer months.

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

Participants don’t need to book in advance, and just need to wear comfortable clothing. The sessions are being run for the third year in a row, following the popularity of previous schemes, and are suitable for all ages and abilities.