Introduction to Tai Chi and Health Qigong Level 1

Ref: C2342633

This form of exercise combines body movements and mental stimulation. The gentle movements energise the body without putting undue stress on joints and muscles. Practised regularly these exercises will help relieve stress and tension, help 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, progress towards achieving 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:

  • State at least 3 of the basic postures and mindfulness of Yang style Tai Chi, and Qigong
  • State the basic principles of Tai Chi.
  • Learn and demonstrate how to correctly transfer weight in both Tai Chi movements and the Qigong forms.
  • Demonstrate and co-ordinate the breathing, initially using the basic eight treasures form.
  • Briefly explain the basic principles of using Qigong 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
  • The tutor will give encouragement and indications on how to improve to the whole group and offer correction to individuals if needed. You will learn the forms and exercises by following the tutor and with practice try them out for yourself. You will be encouraged to practise at home.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • You will be given handouts from time to time.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • You will be more comfortable if wearing loose clothing that does not restrict your movement. It is suggested you wear soft flexible shoes not bare feet or 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 guidance on videos or web pages to view to help your progress.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Introduction to Tai Chi and Health Qigong Level 1

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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