Tai Chi Beginners

Ref: C2522952

This course supports learners to develop their use of Tai Chi Qigong. The theory is applied that correlates the emotional and mental well-being with the physical movements. Learner with improve their breathing and visualation techniques.

Course aim

To provide learners with the opportunity to experience Tai Chi Qigong in an environment conducive to their relaxation. Learners will be given instructions on posture, movement, breathing and visualisations.

Who is the course for?

Women Only course. Students must be members of WHIST.

What topics will this course cover

Learning the 18 movements Each movement is initially simple and can be easily adapted to each person's abilities. They can be done seated. Working with the Breath Techniques to help deeper and slower breathing. Moving in time with own breath.

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. Demonstrate three Tai Chi movements 2, Stand in the basic posture 3. Explain the meaning of Dantien 4. Know which direction to move with the inhale

How will I know I'm making progress?

You will be encouraged to become more aware of how Tai Chi Qigong is affecting your own physical and mental well-being. You will be supported in adapting movements to your own abilities You will be encouraged to develop a regular routine of ongoing practice at home You will be given individual support as requested and information on specific practices for your own needs.

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

This is a practical course. Wear comfortable clothing in which you can easily move, bend and stretch. Layers of clothing are important so that you can adjust your clothing if you become too warm or cool. The feet need to be warm. It can be done bare-footed in summer and mats are available. Slipper socks, soft shoes and trainers are all appropriate.

Reading and information sources

No reading or preparation is necessary.

What could the course lead to?

You will be supported to develop your practice of Tai Chi Qigong as an on-going activity. Many people have a daily routine at home. Local classes are also available. Other sources of development can be recommended at the end of the course.

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Tai Chi Beginners Course Outline


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