An Unexpected Visitor
One stormy night in November an unusual customer walked through the doors of our St Joseph's class. A rather dishevelled and clearly lost black cat came in from the cold and made himself at home. His deep soulful mews prompted me to raid the church hall fridge for some ham and milk which he gulped down ravenously.
Silk reeling was a challenge with the newest member of the class circling in & out of my legs and the class giggled under their breath as he sat on my feet during standing meditation. He knew how to win hearts for sure! After a while he settled down on a warm coat for a snooze, where he remained until nearly going home time. Not having the heart to turn him out in the cold, he spent a warm night at my house, much to the disgust of my own cats who hissed and spat at him, though he cared not as he slept peacefully behind the sofa, glad to have somewhere safe to close his eyes, I guess.
In the morning a quick Google search for 'Lost cat Aldershot' turned up a forum post by a family in Farnborough who had lost their beloved moggy 10 days before. An hour later 'Lucky' as he turned out to be called, was reunited with his, now tearful, owners of 10 years. Initially, the family had found him whilst holidaying in Spain they told me - just a little ferral kitten, caught up in some wire. They had him fixed up by a Spanish vet and brought him home, after spending 6 months quarantine, to the UK.
Aw, what a nice ending for Lucky!
Chinese New Year
If you haven't been to London for the Chinese New Year celebrations before, then why not grab yourself a cheap day return to Charing Cross and sample some eastern culture?
I will be in London on 29th January for my weekly Sunday morning Tai Chi training, so if you fancy meeting up in Chinatown afterwards (2pm), drop me an email and we'll enjoy the afternoon's celebrations together.
Must see's include: Lion Dance in Gerrard St, Shaftsbury Ave street performers, Traditional Chinese market stalls selling souvenirs, chinese clothes etc, Trafalgar Square martial arts displays, Leicester Square firecrackers.
Useful phrases for the day: "Xin Nian Kuai Le" (Happy New Year) & "Gong Xi Fa Cai" Wishing you joy & prosperity.
There is a new timetable in operation for 2012, starting on 5th January.
In keeping with the creative dynamic energy of the Dragon (2012 is Chinese year of the dragon) we are adding more classes to the timetable and ruthlessly curtailing one or two less popular ones. Please check class times below or on the January Calendar page of the website before coming along:
Classes in RED are suitable for complete beginners / new joiners.
2012 Timetable - starts 5/1/12
Mon: 2-3pm (H) Yang 24 Tai Chi Beginners
Mon: 6.00 - 7.00 (C) Wudang Tai Chi Beginners
Mon: 6.30-7.30 (C) Wudang Tai Chi Intermediates
Thur: 6-7pm (SJ)Yang Tai Chi Intermediates
Thur: 7-8pm (SJ) Yang Tai Chi Beginners
Thur: 8-9pm (SJ) Shaolin Qigong (All levels)
Fri: 10-11am (M) Health Qigong (All levels)
Fri: 11-12 noon (M) Tai Chi for Health (All levels)
Fri : 6-7pm (SJ) Chen Tai Chi Beginners
Fri: 7-8pm (SJ) Chen Tai Chi Improvers
Fri: 8-9pm (SJ) Chen Tai Chi Intermediates
Prices range from £5 per hour to FREE, depending on how many classes you attend each week. See website for info.
M= Canal Centre Mytchett
H= Hawley Leisure Centre
C= Connaught School Aldershot
SJ = St Josephs Aldershot
Full class & venue information is available on our website
Some of our Mytchett students practising Wu Qin Xi - 5 Animal Qigong
We were a little surprised to turn up the week before Christmas to find a children's party in full swing in our room, but unperturbed we donned our coats & scarves and practised outside, beside the canal. Well done everyone, especially for being brave enough to be 'cheeky monkeys' in public!
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