Discover Tai Chi

We’re proud to welcome Qiu Forster to Pulse 8 as our new and rather special Tai Chi teacher.

This month, Qiu launches a new Tai Chi class at Pulse 8 and hopes that she can encourage more people to try this ancient Chinese art.

Qiu explains: “Tai Chi is a Chinese art in physical culture, which has been popular for hundreds of years. It was practised as a martial art in ancient China, but has now become an internationally recognised mind-body relaxation exercise.

Tai Chi combines mental concentration, slow breathing and dance-like movements to improve coordination, relieve stress and strengthen the immune system.  In China about 200 million people practise Tai Chi every day. Most people do it in the early morning in a group.

The very slow and graceful movements can be practised by people of all ages and any conditions, but the low impact nature of Tai Chi can be of particular benefit to older people.”

The many benefits of Tai Chi

  • Improves mood, with lower levels of depression, stress, and anxiety;
  • Gives greater aerobic capacity and muscle strength;
  • Results in more energy and stamina;
  • Enhances flexibility, balance, and agility;
  • Lowers blood pressure and improved heart health;
  • Reduces inflammation;
  • Fewer falls.

Qiu trained with Tai Chi Masters in China and attended the Deyin Taijiquan Institute with Professor Li Deyin, one of China’s most famous Tai Chi masters. She has been teaching for 20 years and is the founder of the Qiu’s Tai Chi Academy. Qiu is qualified to teach a number of different Tai Chi styles, including Tai Chi sword, Tai Chi Kong Fu fan as well as Qigong.