Today was the first proper Tai Chi class.
Last Saturday I went along for a practice tryout and it seemed fairly easy, today's lesson was the first of the proper classes and was obligation free, no fees etc.
We learned a few important points, such as placing the feet shoulder width apart...okay, I can do that, and placing the feet parallel to each other.
My hips and knees didn't like that at all.
So I turned my feet just a tiny bit, others did too, that's something I will work on in time.
We re-learned the exact same moves we'd tried on Saturday, three moves out of 108.
I'm fine with the first two, but the third is a little more complicated and I get lost somewhere in the middle, trying to remember what the arms and hands are doing while keeping my feet correctly positioned.
The parallel feet is only for the opening move, you turn and balance as the moves progress, but it's important to keep the feet flat once you have positioned them.
It helps to stretch the achilles, which is good, because my achilles certainly need stretching, as do my hamstrings.
But....my feet want to raise up on the toes, so while I'm remembering to put them down, the brain is forgetting the arm and hands movement.
Still, it is only the first lesson and I'm sure I'll learn it in time.
There were a lot of women today and once we were all lined up there wasn't a lot of room to move and I had trouble seeing the teacher. Next time I think I'll put myself at the front of the class, so I can see the moves more clearly.
That will be Thursday.
If my muscles stop aching by then.
Because today, I didn't come home and rest straight after, I foolishly went into town and did other stuff.
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