Dancing their way to fitness
WU TAO, known as "the dancing way" is a form of dance involving movement, breath and meditation introduced to the Valley a year ago by Erica Fletcher.
Because of growing interest, Erica has added sessions for beginners.
"Wu Tao provides a gentle workout for mind as well as body that is not limited by age or fitness level," Ms Fletcher said.
"Benefits include a reduction in stress, pain, blood pressure, insomnia, depression and an increase in flexibility and strength."
Wu Tao has foundations in Oriental medicine and has been described as a dancing yoga.
"Anyone can do it, what-ever your age," she said.
Ms Fletcher said a Wu Tao general class begins with a simple meditation to focus attention in the present, followed by gentle stretches, learning and practising the Wu Tao dances and finishing with a guided meditation.
Ms Fletcher is an accredited teacher of Wu Tao and a member of the International Institute for Complementary Therapists.
Three new beginner classes start soon through Grafton Community College.