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Modified Tai Chi classes

Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise that combines gentle exercise with slow, gentle and deliberate movements. Practiced regularly it is known to significantly improve health and wellbeing.

Regular practice of Tai Chi has many benefits, including improved balance and flexibility, improved muscle strength, reduced risk of falls and improved circulation and heart health.

Tai Chi can also improve health conditions such as high or low blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, respiratory conditions and weight issues.

Enliven’s modified Tai Chi has been adapted to suit older people and those living with mobility issues or disability. The exercises can be completed either sitting or standing.

Participants say

“After only three classes I am feeling more relaxed and my body movement is certainly benefiting. The instructor puts smiles on our faces and we all leave feeling physically better,” says Judy.

“Tai Chi keeps me moving, gives me some gentle exercise and works wonders for my balance – The best thing is that it’s so low-impact, so it’s great exercise but it doesn’t wear you out,” says Ray.

“I like the fact that every part of the body is exercised at some point in the session…I also find the mental effort required with the coordination and the steady slow breathing to be very beneficial,” says Margaret.

Join a class

Enliven Central is currently running Tai Chi classes in Wellington, Kapiti, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt.

Instructors: the classes are held in a group setting with qualified instructors who hold current Tai Chi for Health Institute Instructor and First Aid certificates.

Cost: the classes are subsidised by Enliven, so the cost is just $5 per class. Alternatively you can buy a concession card for $25 for five classes, $45 for ten classes or $70 for 16 classes.

What to wear: we recommend wearing comfortable clothing and shoes. You are welcome to take your shoes off during the class if you prefer.

Booking: there is no need to book; you’re welcome to just turn up. For your first class we recommend arriving five minutes early so you can meet the instructor.

Timetable: download Enliven’s modified Tai Chi class flyer and timetable here.

For more information: call Enliven’s health support team on 04 439 4967 or email