Although originally a martial art, our practice of Tai Chi and Chigong focus on using relaxed, intentioned movement as a way of easing your mind and your body. By practicing these 'internal arts' you can reduce stress and anxiety, move more freely, and clear your mind.
As well as learning some movements and postures, we also focus on breathing and feeling present in your body, both things which can help you keep calm and focused.
The best way to find out how Tai Chi and Chigong can benefit you is to join one of our online classes and try it for yourself. Almost all of our members join as complete beginners, so don't be afraid of coming along and giving it a go!
This term we will have two online sessions a week, beginning this Thursday with our foundation course — 'Open Your Body, Ease Your Mind'.
During this foundation course we will use fundamental methods from Tai Chi and Chigong to explore the following core topics:
- Stretching without strain
- Breathing naturally and well
- Becoming centred and grounded
- Improving circulation of blood and lymph in the body
- Becoming more relaxed and present, in body and mind
- Learning techniques to address and mitigate anxiety
- Learning techniques to address and mitigate depressive tendencies
- Learning techniques to calm the mind and mitigate stress"
Starting this evening at 7pm, British time (BMT = GMT+1, at the moment)!
The following Tuesday, we will begin our second class, a more in depth (but easily accessible) course on a practice called 'Cloud Hands'. Cloud Hands can be treated as a nucleus of the material contained within Tai Chi as a whole; it is therefore an excellent multi-tool to learn a lot of beneficial material. This course will be easily accessible in an online context — there will be no need to learn a load of abstract movements from a screen!
For concreteness: this will start Tuesday (13th October), at the same time as the Thursday class, 7pm.
Issues, questions or comments? Please get in touch! You can drop any one of us a message here on Teams, through Facebook or email.
Nothing at all! Just bring warm, comfortable and not-too-restrictive clothes: we'll be moving in a gentle manner. No need for fancy pyjamas! Maybe some water if you get thirsty.
We charge a fixed price for the term, so that we can pay for an experienced instructor. We want everyone to have the opportunity to try Tai Chi, so please come along and try a few sessions, then decide if it's for you.