Health & Wellness

Tai Chi as therapy

Tai Chi may turn out to be the newest fitness craze in town considering the number of people taking to it. MyBangalore joins in.

Tai chi practioners. Photo: Manish Gunjan |

Known to cure terminal diseases like cancer, the art of Tai Chi has originally been around for more than 5000 years. But it is only now that the city of Bangalore is waking up to its existence. At Mother Tree, a city based meditation and yoga centre, Cicily Thomas holds classes and workshops regularly. “A few years back people did not have the slightest idea about Tai Chi and what it really involves. In fact even in China, a lot of people thought it is essentially a dance form because it comprises a lot of fluid movements”, says Cicily.

What Cicily teaches is the Yang style of Tai Chi which is also regarded as the most popular Tai Chi style with maximum people learning the art adopting this form. “I got acquainted with Tai Chi in 1996 and immediately found it fascinating. As a kinesthetic person, I loved the movements that were so airy yet basically used for self defense. The first time I saw it was in France and the person performing it was bare bodied. I was amazed”, says Cicily. In 1998, Thomas started training under Grand Master Fu Sheng Yuan, fifth generation of the Yang family, the original promoters of the style. “People have been known to get cured through Tai Chi just like that, besides gaining through the self defense advantages of it”, adds Cicily.

Cicily Thomas’s Tai Chi classes are slowly picking up to involve more and more people across the city. The techniques used essentially border on relaxation. For an art that has been around for more than 5000 years, the popularity comes rather late. But then, as they say, it’s better late than never.

The following are a few advantages of Tai Chi-
Harmonises the body and the mind
Enables better functioning of the central nervous, cardio vascular, respiratory and metabolic systems.
Improves concentration and stamina
Even paraplegics can practice Tai Chi

Cicily Thomas holds workshops and classes in Indiranagar, Koramangla, Cooke Town, Vasanth Nagar as well as Cubbon Park. She charges Rs. 3000 for a five week long workshop.

For more details call Ciciley on  94496 33267.
Tags: Tai Chi, fitness, health


Dr. Manas May 31st, 2012 11:31 PM

I would like to know where Tai chi classes are held near by Malleshwaram, Bangalore.
Thank you.

Tai chi Aug 26th, 2011 09:39 PM

See this website, you can the timings and venue for different places in Bangalore. By the way I attend one of these classes and its amazing

Cicily Thomas Jul 25th, 2011 04:25 PM

Do visit our website indicated below. It gives details also of the venues. We are commencing classes in Cooke Town shortly.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Cicily Thomas
Mobile: 91-9449633267 / 7676269929
Website :

Srinivas Dova May 17th, 2011 06:59 PM

I want addresses of places where Tai Chi classes is held in Indiranagar, Bangalore

Paramesha Feb 04th, 2011 04:40 AM

i would like to know about the tai chi, anybody tell me

Roopa Rajesh Aug 23rd, 2010 11:52 AM

I hav learnt all the four levels of Tai Chi. It is a great stress buster. The results are amazing. It touches every part of the body.Great work Ci. Ahoy TaiChi.

Dr.Manjunath G Jul 19th, 2010 06:21 PM

Hi, I am looking forward to get more info on Tai Chi class at Cooke town or at Vasanth Nagar.
Regards Dr.M

B.S Jul 06th, 2010 04:01 PM

i have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. I would like to know if this form of exercise is good for me. 

Sudha Jun 26th, 2010 06:54 PM

I want addresses of places where Tai Chi classes is held in Malleshwaram, Bangalore

C T Apr 05th, 2009 04:42 PM

I look forward to having you over for my class when I commence in Cooke town!

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