Think about it – the minute you come home from work or a long day out and seeing that your mobile phone is low on battery, you’d immediately charge it. It almost seems like second nature to do so and once the phone’s all juiced up, it’s all ready to face a whole new day once again. If we can do this for our tech devices, what more for ourselves? Shouldn’t self-care and spending time to recharge be an innate thing to do? Seems not, especially if we are bogged down by the day’s work and all the responsibilities we have to shoulder. Isn’t it time we take a step back and find an activity that provides a mental escape? If we do not take time to recharge, we are like our phones, operating on low power. Tanglin Community Club offers a range of courses that helps you relax, refresh, and recharge. Set aside an hour or two once a week, sign up for any of these stress-relieving courses, and see the difference it makes to your overall well-being.
Taijiquan, also known as ‘shadowboxing’, is form of traditional Chinese martial art practised for defense training, health benefits, and meditation. A creation of China’s ancient past, there are many different styles of Taijiquan, but all of them share a fundamental philosophy which is the unification of internal energy (‘qi’), continuous movement, centering, rooting, and relaxed alertness. Many take up this art for its health benefits. However, apart from that, Taijiquan also enhances spiritual cultivation and equips you with essential self-defense knowledge.
When: Sundays 7.30am – 9am
Known as an important component of traditional Chinese culture that originated in ancient China, Health Qigong consists of a set exercises that integrate the adjustments of body, breath, and mind. It incorporates three areas of focus: body focus (posture and movement), breath (respiratory) focus, and mind (meditative) focus. Based on traditional Qigong practices – there are four sets of practice forms, specifically aimed at improving your health. These are Yi Jin Jing (易筋经), Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏), Liu Zi Jue (六字诀) and Ba Duan Jin (八段锦). Practising Health Qigong helps to improve your blood pressure, immune function, decreases anxiety as well as boost self-confidence
When: Thursdays 10am – 11.30am
Art has always been considered an effective way to relief stress and renew your mind. Ceramic Art Ceramic features art made from ceramic materials, including clay. It may take forms including artistic pottery, including tableware, tiles, figurines and other sculpture. At Tanglin Community Club’s Ceramic Art course, you will be introduced to different types of clay. You will have the opportunity to practise simple clay structure moulding and express your creativity through clay modelling. Techniques like coiling, slab building, throwing, glazing, and firing will also be taught.
When: Mondays to Saturdays at various timings
Yoga practices take many forms and Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga that typically comes to mind when you think of yoga in general. It involves breath, body, and mind, and classes are usually include 45 to 90 minutes of breathing, yoga poses, and meditation.
Learn the basics of hatha yoga, toning, rejuvenating the body and bring about a sense of calm through special postures (asanas), breathing exercises and concentration in the Elementary Hatha Yoga course at Tanglin Community Club. Suitable for all ages and different walks of life, Coach Cindy teaches basic yoga postures and breathing techniques to help nourish not only the body but also the mind. She will show you how, by practising yoga, inner peace and harmony can be achieved. The reasons why yoga has proven itself to be an effective way of blending exercise with relaxation techniques will also be highlighted.
When: Mondays and Saturdays 10am – 11.15am
An extension of the introductory course of basic yoga, the Intermediate Hatha Yoga course will further your understanding of yoga. Yoga helps you to build flexibility, establish good breathing habits and posture. You will learn intermediate level yoga postures of stretching and bending. This course is highly recommended for those who wish to pursue yoga at a higher level as well as achieve more physical and mental benefits.
When: Wednesdays 10am – 11.15am
The Advanced Hatha Yoga course is highly recommended for yoga enthusiasts who wish to continue practising yoga. In this course, you will learn advanced Asanas postures which focuses on most parts of the body.
When: Fridays 10.45am – 12.15pm
RECREATIONAL FOLK DANCE
Dance all your stresses away and be energised in both body and mind! Dancing is known to improve flexibility, balance, and gait. Recreational folk dance provides an activity that is socially engaging, physically challenging, creative, and culturally and mentally stimulating. It is specially choreographed and modified from various international dances. It comprises a mixture of traditional folk dances from various ethnic cultures of the world The language of dance crosses many cultures and through this course, you will gain an appreciation of a range of them through the art of dancing.
When: Wednesdays 1pm – 3pm