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Bonsai Chi Get Active Campaign

Join us for our Bonsai Chi ‘Get Active’ campaign, learning a different exercise drill each weekday.  Every Bonsai Chi drill focuses on one benefit, however often improves several of them simultaneously.  Performing it several times throughout the day improves our memory retention, allowing us to develop a relaxed mind moving without conscious thought.  Create a tranquil ambience by performing them to relaxing music, it helps you slow your breathing which in turn encourages you to slow your movements.

Keeping active is so important, not just for our physical health but our mental wellbeing as well.  Exercise releases feel-good chemcials into our brain, promoting positivity. Our exercises are designed to only be 10-30 seconds long, so you can practise them for as long or short a time as you wish.  There’s always time to fit a couple of repetitions in whilst the kettle is boiling!

What to consider -

Always listen to your body, do not challenge it.  If you feel any discomfort find an alternative way of performing it, or reduce the movement.  For example, if lifting your arms at head height causes discomfort, perform the exercise at chest height.  By practising the exercise you’ll gradually improve muscle strength, and find that you’re able to increase the height of your arms slightly each time.

When performing exercises that require you to reach forward, finish at your natural arm length maintaining a good posture at all times.  If we over-reach we change the position of our spine, making ourselves unstable. 

Slow the exercises down so you can perform all the intricacies within them.  Many of them have benefits that we miss as we see the larger elements only, also finish the move before you start the next one.  For example, as you ‘push water around’, ensure you twist your wrists, increasing flexibility and agility, it’ll also help you ensure your shoulders are relaxed, so you gain the maximum benefit from the exercise.

You’ll see that many of our Bonsai Chi exercise drills have the same movements in, just in a different order.  By practising them this way we keep our mind active and focused, whilst creating habits that allows us to perform without conscious thought, increasing our relaxation and releasing tension.

Using a ball within the drills increases our hand-eye co-ordination, and improves our focus by having to concentrate on more than one thing at a time.

The Bonsai Chi exercises cover 10 key areas:

  • Balance
  • Posture
  • Flexibility
  • Hand-eye co-ordination
  • Release tension
  • Relaxing
  • Breathing
  • Improve stamina
  • Boosts focus
  • Improve strength

I hope you enjoy practising the exercises and gain many benefits from them.

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