Tai Chi (Taijiquan) is a mind-body practice originating from Chinese martial arts, which is widely practised for health and well-being.
Qigong (Chi Kung) refers to a wider range of practices – including standing postures, movement & breathing exercises and meditation – with the goal of cultivating and balancing life energy (Qi).
Benefits – Regular practice of Tai Chi & Qigong promotes relaxation, body awareness, balance, mobility, co-ordination, strength and stamina. These practices are increasingly recommended by health professionals as research suggests Tai Chi & Qigong can improve a variety of health conditions.
What students learn
Student progress is organic with a natural and individual movement through new material and continual deepening of what has come before.
The list of material open to all enthusiastic students is quite extensive but fits into several overarching categories:
Dao Yin health exercises that have a "guiding and pulling" stretch like quality.
Qigong. Each practice or set of exercises contains its own benefits and principles focusing on developing the correct body qualities for the practice then building in the role of the mind and the Qi.
Tai Chi forms and practice that has its roots in the Yang Family.
Partner work. Push hands patterns and drills to develop essential conditions in both the body and mind while working cooperatively with a partner.
The whole process can be termed Neigong (inner work).
Online classes currently open for beginners
Mondays 10.30 am Qigong
Mondays 8pm Qigong
Wednesday warms ups 8.30am (free)
Wednesdays 9am (half hour Qigong)
Thursdays 6pm Qigong
Thursdays 7pm Tai Chi form
Private sessions are also available