Wu Tao class members from left, Dorothy Meers, Erica Fletcher (teacher) Darcy Taylor Roberts and Kate Roberts.
Wu Tao class members from left, Dorothy Meers, Erica Fletcher (teacher) Darcy Taylor Roberts and Kate Roberts.

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.



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