Tai chi

Ref: C2342899

Tai Chi and Qigong has many physical and emotional benefits. It is an exercise system that is practiced all over the world. It helps health and vitality, promote better circulation and improve posture, balance and co ordination. The course and practice will introduce the Yang Style Tai Chi and Health Qigong style in a slow, relaxed manner in co ordination with your breathing. Tai Chi is now recognised by certain parts of the NHS as a way of helping to assist in maintaining better health and wellbeing. Everyone is welcome and the movements can be done either seated or standing depending on what is most comfortable for each individual. All ages and experiences are welcome.

Course aim

The course is designed to introduce the beginner and those with some experience in a gradual unhurried manner to the fundamental principles of the Chinese arts of Qigong and Tai Chi.

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:

  • Understand how to bring greater awareness to my breathing.
  • Using the skills learnt, identify at least one of the principles of the practice of tai chi (eg method of stepping, use of hips and waist, maintaining a relaxed posture).
  • Demonstrate a complete tai chi movement and know the name of that movement.
  • Have gained an enhanced awareness of my centre of balance, overall posture and level of relaxation.

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
  • The tutor will demonstrate and help will each practice to ensure full understanding is reached by the student. There will be time for questions and practical work. Observation and hand-outs to facilitate learning.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • Tai Chi and Qigong further courses will be available and the tutor will be happy to guide you to the many directions that will help to continue your practice.

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Tai chi

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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