Introduction to Tai Chi and Health Qigong Level 1

Ref: C2341705

This form of exercise combines both 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, also improving body balance and increase a general sense of well being.

Course aim

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

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Practice basic postures and mindfulness of Yang style Tai Chi.
  • Understand the principle movements of Yang Style Tai Chi
  • Learn how to correctly transfer the weight in the forms
  • Learn how to incorporate the breathing in the forms.
  • Learn how Health Qigong is used in the origin of Chinese medicine.

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 will learn the forms and exercises by following the tutor, and with practice be encouraged to perform the movements you have learnt in a group. You will also be encouraged to practice at home.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • The tutor will give encouragement and indications to the whole group and individuals if corrections are needed. The tutor will also from time to time provide handouts, helping the student to achieve a better understanding.

What else do I need to know?

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing that does not restrict movements. Wear flat comfortable footwear, not just socks. You may wish to bring a drink.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You will be given names of free websites to view the forms as a memory guide. Video's and books may be purchased through the tutor if required.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Continued practice will help maintain levels of fitness and many health benefits.

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Introduction to Tai Chi and Health Qigong Level 1


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