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Tai Chi & Qigong
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Until Further Notice

Due To Covid-19 Pandemic

Tamara Bennett

Tamara Bennett

Master Trainer Tai Chi for Health Institute

Community tai chi and qigong classes, Skill Building workshops, Tai Chi for Health Instructor Training workshops and Breathe Coaching


Tai Chi for Health Institute is now an approved REPs CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Provider

Tai Chi & Qigong Classes ~

Franklin District (South of Auckland)  

Pukekohe ~ Waiuku  ~ Tuakau ~ Mauku/Patumahoe

Tai Chi Workshops ~

Nationwide Tai Chi for Instructor Training Workshops & Skill Building Workshops


Shocking News!

Did you know that 90% of people die from chronic conditions, and most of those conditions are preventable with lifestyle changes? Tai chi is an ideal tool to combat chronic conditions. More than 500 medical studies have shown that tai chi improves almost all aspects of health. Give tai chi a try!


What is Tai Chi? 

Seek Stillness within Movement (tai chi … tai chi chuan … taijiquan) “Tai chi ~ an art embracing the mind, body and spirit Originating in ancient China, tai chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey. There are many styles and forms of tai chi, the major ones being ChenYangWuWu (different words in Chinese) and Sun. Each style has its own features, although most styles share the same essential principles. The essential principles include mind integrated with the body; fluidity of the movements; control of breathing; and, mental concentration. The central focus is to enable the qi or life force to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body. Total harmony of the inner and outer self comes from the integration of mind and body, achieved through the ongoing practice of tai chi.”

TCHealth_logo170 What is Tai Chi for Health?

“Tai Chi for Health is Modernized Tai Chi!  Dr Paul Lam developed the Tai Chi for Health programs (TCH) incorporating medical knowledge. These programs are proven by medical studies to improve health. The CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends Tai Chi for Arthritis, Arthritis Foundations and many organizations around the world support TCH. A wide range of Instructional DVDs and other products are available here at the SHOP, and worldwide over 15,000 certified instructors are teaching the programs.”

yin_yangWhat is Qigong?

(qigong, chi gong, chi kung, daoyin, nei gong and yangsheng) Qi or Chi  (chee) = air we breathe, life force or vital-energy Gong (gung) = accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through practice. The Chinese term qigong means energy cultivation or working with the life force energy. Qigong is an ancient Chinese holistic exercise system; coordinating movements with breathing and meditations practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality, to cultivate and balance your qi.

Tai Chi & Qigong Classes ~

Franklin District (South of Auckland) … Pukekohe ~ Waiuku  ~ Tuakau ~ Mauku/Patumahoe

Franklin FUN for Seniors - over 150 groups & activities

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Waiuku & Awhitu

Mauku & Patumahoe



Seniors’ Support Information

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What’s Up with Tamara …

MARCH 2020 ~ Product of the Month

Message from Dr Paul Lam …

Have you ever lingered in an airport bookshop? I bought some of my best books in airports. When a publisher who specialized in distributing “bookazines” (abridged versions) to airports approached me, wanting to condense my memoir, ‘Born Strong’, into a bookazine I gave it serious consideration.

Fortunately, John Walters, a great writer and a tai chi participant, was able to take on the task of cutting down the text, adding updates and new sections, as well as putting tai chi tips throughout the book with additional colour photos. By exercise and diet, ‘Born Strong’ slimmed down to one third of its size! It became a pocket/travel version which became popular amongst my friends, often as a handy gift.

The Tai Chi Way – To Be Healthy and Happy is now available from us directly. I just turned 72, and for this month’s special I am offering this at an extra special 35% discount.
Please use promo code TCWHH35 when ordering.

Many of you told me that you understand tai chi more, having joined me in my journey with ‘Born Strong’. I received emails and gifts from non-tai chi readers who are now taking up tai chi. The best one I heard was when I walked in a room where one of my workshop participants was reading ‘Born Strong’ and said to me, “Dr Lam, I can’t put this book down, I have to find out if you survived starvation!” With a smaller book, hopefully more people would join us for our tai chi journey! It makes a great and easy-to-post gift for your families and friends.”

Offer expires 31 March 2020. Not to be used with any other discount.

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Benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong?

  • Tai chi & qigong is FUN!
  • No equipment needed
  • Practice standing, seated, wheelchair, lying down or in the water
  • Suitable for almost any age or physical condition
  • Improve Fitness
  • Increase muscular strength
  • Improve balance & mobility
  • Reduce risk of falls
  • Improve flexibility
  • Relaxation & Stress Relief
  • May improve mental health & well-being
  • Increase cardio-respiratory fitness
  • Improves the immune system
  • Great for rehabilitation
  • Classes and workshops are a wonderful social outings
  • Tai Chi for Health programmes are scientifically proven to be safe & effective for falls prevention
  • Scientific studies show that the practice of tai chi improves, and prevents, almost all chronic conditions including arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease and diabetes.