Learn the basics of Tai Chi and increase your flexibility and suppleness while experiencing meditation in movement.
What will you learn on this course?
Tai Chi is a Chinese exercise system and martial art. It has been called meditation in movement and people come to Tai Chi for a variety of reasons including relaxation and to improve their balance and health.
There are different styles of Tai Chi. On this course you will learn the Chen Man-Ch’ing form (sequence of 37 moves) which was adapted from the Yang Form (108 moves) in order to meet the need of people in the West who had less time to commit to practice. It is very soft and less overtly martial than other styles.
You will be introduced to basic Tai Chi stances and exercises and learn how to practice these using safe and effective posture and technique and in a relaxed manner. Most classes will start with loosening exercises, then you will learn a move or two from the Chen Man-Ch’ing form and the class will end with some Chi Gung breathing exercises. In addition you may also do some individual and partnered exercises including Tai Chi walking and push hands.
On completion of this course participants will have learnt the first third of the Chen Man-Ch’ing form. The remaining two thirds of the form are taught in the Improvers class which students can join on the tutor’s invitation.
Tai Chi has a number of health benefits including improved:
Stamina or cardiovascular health
Blood pressure levels
Use of intrinsic strength
Who is this course for?
This beginners course is for adults aged 18+ and is suitable for those who have no prior experience of Tai Chi or anyone who hasn’t undertaken Tai Chi for a number of years.
Tai Chi is a low impact form of exercise. The course is accessible for people with limited mobility as they can sit down to do some of the exercises and movements are undertaken within the comfort, capability range and limitations of each individual’s body.
Do you need to bring anything?
Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement.
Are there any additional costs?
There are no additional costs.
Who teaches this course?
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