Tai chi classes at the Senior Citizens Hall in Maryborough attract a crowd.
Tai chi classes at the Senior Citizens Hall in Maryborough attract a crowd. Robyne Cuerel

Seniors limber up with M'boro tai chi classes

TAI CHI has different meanings for different people. To some it is a strict discipline of movement and to others it has been suggested as a healing process after illness.

Maryborough U3A tai chi class practices all forms of the art and combines it with exercises which leads to early, happy and healthy mornings.

Howard resident Glenys Greenway travels to Maryborough for the classes every Monday morning and said she loves the spiritual form.

"I've been coming here for 10 years and I'd hate to be without it," Glenys said.

"If you don't do it you miss it. It's a healthy form of exercise and helps with balance and timing," she said.

There aren't a lot of men who choose to do tai chi and David Bell wants to encourage more men to try it.

"I'm 73 and have been doing it since about 2003. The first time I did I thought 'wow'," David said.

"I persisted and am fitter now than I was before. I also do tai chi for arthritis, yoga and line dancing.

"I like it because it helps me with my co-ordination, it's relaxing and calming."

Ten years ago Doug Goddard had breathing problems but said he was much better since joining the classes.

"I'm 80 years old and I come every week. I find the exercise has also helped my leg and hip. I also do yoga and play indoor bowls," Doug said.

Instructor Eleane Peatey joined the U3A tai chi class in 1994 and said she attended class each week and eventually becoming familiar with the different forms of tai chi movement.