Tai Chi and Health Qigong for Health and Relaxation Level 2

Ref: C2338028

Practising Tai chi is a beneficial way to exercise by combining both body movement and mental stimulation. It also helps posture and co-ordination. The gentle and slow movements energise the body without undue strain on joints and muscles. Exploring the many health benefits of Qigong will help to relieve stress and tension and increase a sense of well being.

Course aim

To maintain fitness, aid relaxation and improve techniques and performance of Tai Chi whilst increasing understanding of the principles of the Health Qigong sets.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for people who have 12 months plus recent experience of Yang style Tai Chi.

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

  • demonstrate greater confidence in my practice of Yang style Tai Chi.
  • demonstrate a good grasp of timing, posture and transitions.
  • demonstrate body weight transfer and body shapes
  • perform Health Qigong sets with an understanding of the background and the health benefits of the forms.
  • breath correctly in the forms.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • you will be encouraged to question and discuss the movements and the health benefits. You will be encouraged to explore the cultural background of Tai Chi.

What else do I need to know?

  • Loose comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement. Flat soft comfortable footwear. You may wish to bring a drink. A Taiji Stick will be available to purchase or borrow.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Books and videos are not essential but may be purchased through the tutor if requested.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Continued practice will help maintain levels of fitness and many health benefits, including social interaction.

Download full course outline

Tai Chi and Health Qigong for Health and Relaxation Level 2 Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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