Tai Chi Progression

Ref: C2522953

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. Learners will improve their breathing and visualisation techniques.

Course aim

To encourage learners to develop their practice of Tai Chi Qigong to enhance their mental and physical well-being. Learners will improve on their posture, movement, breathing and visualisations

Who is the course for?

Women Only. Students must be members of WHIST

What topics will this course cover

You will continue to develop your knowledge of Tai Chi Qigong, both practically and theoretically. This term we will focus on the ‘Fire’ aspect of the ‘5 Elements’ theory, with an emphasis on developing our mental and physical wellbeing. You will be encouraged to research and enhance your own learning, with opportunities to feed back your findings to the group.

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. Explain the physical effects of the ‘Fire’ element. 2. Identify two mental health effects of ‘Fire’ 3. Activate a ‘Fire’ acupuncture point 4. Demonstrate a Qigong movement to stimulate ‘Fire’

How will I know I'm making progress?

I will give guidance to the group as to possible development opportunities as the course progresses. I will give specific guidance to individuals as requested, for example to meet a specific health need. You will be encouraged to share with the group any knowledge or experiences that have enhanced your own learning.

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 required

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 Progression Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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