在這集裡，Anita 與我們分享她的一個興趣活動 - 太極。
In this episode, Anita shares with us one of her enjoyable interests - Taichi.
She enjoys exercising Taichi as it allows her gently exercise her muscles anywhere and anytime. She also enjoys every slow and graceful movement in Taichi that enhances her harmony and resilience. She has made some new friends during her exercising Taichi. They always exercise together, followed by a cup of tea and chit-chat time afterwards.
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Charmaine: 我們今天請來的嘉賓是Anita, 她會分享一個健康和有益身心的興趣---太極，她會同我們分享她練太極的得著和練太極要注意的事項。歡迎Anita，很多謝你接受speak my languages的訪問。
Charmaine: 我知道你很喜歡耍太極, 在分享這個以前, 可否先簡單介紹你自己?
Anita: 我叫Anita, 30年前同家人從香港移居到墨爾本, 生活經歷了許多波折。 20年前我遭遇了一個很大的車禍，從此令我的生活有了很大的轉變：行動受到限制，走路要靠助行器。我搜羅了各式各樣不同的自然療法，養生方法，包括食療，園藝，保健體操和太極，保持這些運動可以令我的身體維持好的狀態。
Charmaine: Anita, 你可不可以向聽眾講一下你練太極多長時間了？你是如何喜歡上耍太極的？
Charmaine: 聽你所說，你練太極是很靈活有彈性的，很多地方都可以耍太極，可以同朋友一起，也可以自己練習。看上去你對耍太極有很大的興趣, 你已經耍太極30多年了，請問你為什麼喜歡耍太極？是什麼原因使你保持這個熱情這麼長的時間？
Anita: 因為太極是一種很靈活的活動，可以站著或坐著練習，可以自己也可以和群體一起練習。我喜歡太極比較緩慢和溫和的節奏，不會傷害身體。當然也不要勉強自己的能力, 如果當天狀態不好，可以坐下來練習。我有關節炎，腳的關節比較僵硬，要經常動一下保持它原有的活動能力，太極可以鍛煉腳的耐力。太極也沒有年齡的限制，從年輕到老都可以練太極。
今天多謝Anita分享她耍太極的興趣，讓我們知道太極是一個變化多端又有益身心的活動，而且在練習太極的過程中有機會認識許多新的朋友，豐富自己的生活圈子。 Anita, 你還有什麼信息要同聽眾分享?
Anita: 我要補充的是: 在開始練習太極的時候，最好找有老師帶領的小組。 我的人生觀是保持樂觀，相信身體是有自愈能力的，只要相信，身體就能夠做得到你想要的效果，所以保持樂觀很重要，在人的一生中不論發生什麼事情，都會有解決的辦法，無需過分擔憂。
Anita has ankylosing spondylitis. She is fascinated with a lot of hobbies to help nurture her health and body. Besides Taichi, she is also interested in regimen diet, meditation, gardening as well as Qi gong. Her motto is to stay positive and live passionately.
Charmaine: Today, we have invited Anita as our guest. She will share a healthy and beneficial interest with us—Tai Chi. She will talk about her experiences and things to be mindful of when practising Tai Chi. Welcome, Anita, and thank you for accepting the Speak My Languages interview.
Anita: Thank you. I'm happy to be here for the interview.
Charmaine: I know you enjoy practising Tai Chi. Before we delve into that, could you please introduce yourself briefly?
Anita: My name is Anita. My family and I moved from Hong Kong to Melbourne 30 years ago. I've experienced many ups and downs in life. Twenty years ago, I had a major car accident that brought significant changes to my life: limited mobility and requiring a walking aid. I explored various natural therapies and health practices, including dietary therapy, gardening, health exercises, and Tai Chi. Engaging in these activities helps keep my body in good condition.
Charmaine: Anita, could you share with the listeners how long you have been practising Tai Chi? How did you develop an interest in it?
Anita: I have been practising Tai Chi for over 30 years. When I was living in Hong Kong, there was a group of people practising Tai Chi in the park near my home, and I joined them. After moving to Melbourne, there was a Tai Chi class at a community centre near my home, where I met many friends from Hong Kong who practised Tai Chi together. Even after moving houses, I continued to practise Tai Chi in the vicinity of my new home.
Charmaine: It sounds like you have had plenty of time and opportunities to engage with Tai Chi. Where do you usually practise Tai Chi? Do you practise alone or with friends?
Anita: I often go to the community centre and practice every weekend. I also practise in my backyard at home, and I find Tai Chi classes near my residence. Sometimes, I also arrange to practise with friends in the park.
Charmaine: From what you've said, it seems that practising Tai Chi offers flexibility and versatility. It can be done in various places, either alone or with friends. It appears that you have a great interest in Tai Chi, having practised it for over 30 years. What is it about Tai Chi that you enjoy? What keeps your passion for it going for such a long time?
Anita: Tai Chi is a versatile activity that can be practised while standing or sitting, both individually and in a group. I enjoy the slow and gentle pace of Tai Chi, which doesn't harm the body. Of course, one should never push beyond their capabilities. If I'm not feeling well on a particular day, I can still practise Tai Chi while sitting. I have arthritis, and the joints in my feet tend to be stiff. Moving them regularly helps maintain their mobility, and Tai Chi exercises can enhance the endurance of my feet. Tai Chi also has no age limitations; people of all ages can practise it.
Charmaine: It seems that practising Tai Chi offers flexibility, allowing people of all ages to engage in it regardless of location. During your Tai Chi journey, have you had the opportunity to meet new friends and participate in community activities?
Anita: Yes, especially when I first immigrated, I met many friends from Hong Kong through Tai Chi. After practising Tai Chi together; we would go for Yum Cha. Even after I moved houses, I kept in touch with them. We sometimes meet up, have meals together, and maintain our friendship. These social interactions have been of great help to us as new migrants.
Charmaine: It looks like you're very happy with the benefits of practising Tai Chi, not only for physical exercise but also for expanding your social circle and making new friends. If listeners are interested in Tai Chi and would like to learn, what advice do you have for them?
Anita: If you're interested in Tai Chi, you can check if there are Tai Chi classes at community centres near your home or search for information online. Tai Chi has different styles and forms, such as Wu’s, Chen’s, Yang’s, Sun’s, and more. You can explore and find the one that suits you best to start learning. Also, it's important not to push yourself beyond your limits and practice within your capabilities.
Charmaine: It seems that Tai Chi is a relatively relaxed exercise that can be approached in a simple manner. Thank you for your advice and insights. People can research and find information to discover which type of Tai Chi suits them for practice. Today, we thank Anita for sharing her passion for practising Tai Chi, enlightening us about its versatility and benefits for both physical and mental well-being. It's wonderful to hear how practising Tai Chi has provided opportunities to meet new friends and enrich one's social circle. Anita, is there any additional information you would like to share with the listeners?
Anita: What I want to add is when starting to practise Tai Chi, it's best to join a small group led by a teacher.
My philosophy in life is to maintain optimism and believe in the body's self-healing ability. If you have faith, your body can achieve the results you desire. Therefore, maintaining a positive outlook is crucial. Throughout one's life, no matter what challenges arise, there will always be solutions, so there's no need to worry excessively.
Charmaine: Thank you Anita for accepting the interview, and thank you to the listeners for tuning in to the program.
Charmaine持有工商管理碩士學位和博士學位（澳大利亞國立大學），並在香港的高等教育行業工作超過15年。她是一位嚴謹認真的學術專業人員，擁有豐富的教學和行業實踐經驗。她在社交媒體上發表過多篇有關企業道德、人力資源和領導管理等方面的文章。此外，Charmaine還在成人移民英語計畫（AMEP）做義工，教新移民英語。她喜歡使用自己會說的社區語言分享真實故事和實用資訊，... Go to page where you can read more about Charmaine Chan
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