Introduction to Tai Chi and Health Qigong

Ref: C2337193

This form of exercise combines body movements and mental stimulation. The gentle movements energise the body without putting undue strain on joints and muscles. Practised regularly, these exercises will help to relieve stress and tension, help body balance and increase a general sense of wellbeing.

Course aim

To aid relaxation and balance and improve health with Tai Chi and Health Qigong. Through regular practice progress towards achieving health benefits, including better posture and stability.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Safe warm up and cool down. Introduction to Yang 8 and Yang 24 Tai Chi Forms. Health Qigong following the instructor to cover the structures of the following forms; Eight treasures, Ba Duan Jin and Daoyin 12. Tai Chi principles, learning to breath at the correct times and relaxation techniques.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. practice the basic postures and mindfulness of Tai Chi 24 Yang style. 2. identify the principle movements of the first section of Tai Chi 24 Yang style. 3. incorporate breathing in the basic Eight Treasures Health Qigong set. 4. explain how Health Qigong is used in the origin of Chinese Medicine.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Tutor observation/feedback forms, learner feedback. 1 to 1 and whole group feedback the tutor.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Loose comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement. Flat soft comfortable shoes. You may wish to bring a drink.

Reading and information sources

There is a selection of books on sites such as Amazon, relating to Tai Chi principles. You -tube, Health Qigong routines can be viewed, preferably on the Chinese or British Health Qigong Association websites. Videos of the Tai Chi Yan style 24 can be viewed on the Deyin Institute website. Instruction DVD's can be purchased through the instructor as can music CD's.

What could the course lead to?

Continued practice will help to maintain levels of fitness and many health benefits. Day schools and events which may be appropriated will be publicised.

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Introduction to Tai Chi and Health Qigong Course Outline


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