Master tai chi rhythms with the flow of the Noosa River
Monday, 11 July 2011
Of all the elements, none may have a more potent impact on a person's state if mind than water. The ebb and flow of water has long been the basis for tai chi exercises, as the slow, steady and deliberate rhythm provides practitioners with a strong basis from which to hone their skills. One of the best ways to experience the raw, natural power of water is by booking a cruise and heading down river – and those who are looking to see the world via waterway may want to venture down under to explore the beautiful Noosa River.
Spanning much of southeast Queensland, the Noosa river is a lengthy body of water that snakes its way from the peeks of the Wahpoonga Range and heads south through a number of lakes including Lake Como, Lake Cootharaba and Lake Weyba. The river's more than 1,900 square-kilometers of basin space consist largely of sandy dunes that give way to long canopies before changing back to a desert landscape.
Of particular interest for those people looking to practice their tai chi movements amid the steady current of the Noosa is the stretch of the river that runs through Cooloolah National Park. This densely forested area is home to sweet smelling tea trees, which fill the water with oil that makes the surface particularly reflective. This creates a stillness in the air and in one's heart that makes finding peace amid the trees that much easier, and helped the Noosa find its way onto Nerdy Nomad's list of the world's Five Most Peaceful Places.
The travel advocates suggest exploring this stretch of water by canoe, as the reflection of the night sky is unforgettable.