Tai Chi, Qigong and Stretches

Ref: C2338980

We combine Tai Chi (Chen Man Ching short form) and Qigong movements with gentle stretching and strengthening exercises that benefit all parts of the body (i.e. neck, back, shoulders, hips, legs) to help to improve movement, mobility, balance, posture and general wellbeing. We discuss the importance of warm-up before starting to exercise as well as identifying the muscles being used and exploring the reasoning behind, and the health benefits of, the various stretches and movements covered. All welcome.

Course aim

To give students a better understanding of the health benefits of all over body stretches, Qigong and Tai Chi movements to help with stress release and improve movement, mobility, balance, posture and general wellbeing and promote a healthy lifestyle

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • SAFETY: If you have a medical condition, which may affect your ability to practise, please tell the tutor.

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

  • work with an awareness of health and safety
  • identify the benefits of warmup before starting to exercise
  • perform various body stretches, Qigong movements and Tai Chi movements
  • identify the muscles being used
  • identify the benefits of the stretches and movements performed

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Wear suitable clothing for performing exercise in and you may like to bring a bottle of water.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Tai Chi, Qigong and Stretches


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