Jane’s spiritual steps

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A Deeside Tai Chi teacher has just returned to the North-east after a training trip where she climbed 20,000 steps to the top of Wudang Mountain, a World Heritage Site, in China.

This is the third time Jane Innes has completed the 20,000 steps, a physical and spiritual challenge as she has developed her teaching skills.

She visited Wudang Monastery - in the North-west of Hubei Province - to study with Master Chen Li Sheng, a 15th generation Master of Wudang Quan (Daoist Martial Arts).

Now she is offering existing and new students the opportunity to take the first step towards improving their own health by making a commitment to study Tai Chi with her in the new year.

Jane, 58, started studying Tai Chi 14 years ago and is now a highly regarded and dedicated teacher of both Tai Chi and Chi Gung (Chinese exercise specifically for health).

A former nurse from Aberdeen, she has a long-standing interest in health and is also qualified in Chinese massage. She started teaching six years ago and now runs classes in Banchory and Stonehaven.

Jane said: “I am keen to pass on the principles and philosophy underpinning Tai Chi, which is often described as ‘meditation in movement’ because I believe it helps students to survive the stresses and strains of modern day life.

“It encourages them to become stronger and more relaxed, more able to combat aches and pains and to defend the body from infection and disease. I want to encourage people to take care of themselves and make a pledge for the new year to take their first steps towards improving their health. In the current climate, survival skills are more essential than ever.”

Jane was first attracted to Tai Chi as a result of meeting Gerda Geddes (1917–2006) who taught Tai Chi well into her 80s and was the first European to bring Tai Chi to the UK in the 1960s. Jane now has 40 students.

Beginners classes in Banchory and Stonehaven start again on January 9. For further information, contact Jane on (01330) 822608 or 07816 493030

Jane has a website where her training and cultural experiences in China are fully described: taichiaberdeenshire.co.uk.