I just got home from my first Tai Chi class and feel wonderful! I had been anticipating this day since I signed up at the end of August. It wasn’t quite what I expected but it was perfect for my wants and needs. I feel rejuvenated and satisfied with my first class.
I was nervous what to wear and if I would be “good” at it, but once I got there I had this sudden feeling of confidence; it was great. I wore my new workout capris and tee shirt to the first class…I really like shopping for workout clothes now. And after reading Beginning T’ai Chi by Tri Thong Dang I felt like I had a basic knowledge and was ready to give it a try. Not everything I read I implemented in this first class but I think it will be useful in my tai chi future. (I really enjoyed it, so I hope I stick with in for a while hence “my tai chi future”)
We began the class with loosening movements to open up our joints and relax our tight muscles. My hamstrings were sore from biking a couple days ago, so the slow flexibility moments really helped stretch them out. We learned a sequence of postures through the hour class. I found myself focusing on my body and the feeling each movement gave me. It was hard for me to go at such a slow pace at first, but I got into it after a while.
I loved my first tai chi class so much, I can’t wait for next week’s. I think the thing I was most excited about was that I didn’t have a hot flash the entire class! I am not sure if my hormones were just being nice to me or if the slow movement and breathing help subdue the flashes? Either way I am very happy about it!
I think I am going to suggest my husband and friends to join my class, maybe I will wait until after a few classes to make sure I really love it. 🙂 After this first class my body feels great and I feel like I cleared my mind and centered my thoughts. It really is an exercise for the mind, body, and spirit.
Until next time,
P.S. If Bobby knew I was taking a Tai Chi class, he would laugh so hard. He thinks I am the clumsiest person ever. I don’t think he would even believe me if I told him. It will have to be my little secret for a while. 😉