Beginners courses provide a systematic and progressive introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong, which includes:
Mobilizing & Qigong Exercises
Loosening and mobilizing exercises are practised at the start of each class to help release tension and develop awareness and articulation of movement.
Qigong exercises involve conscious use of breath, movement, imagination and body awareness.
Body Structure – Finding Support and Release
Students are introduced to the principles of posture and the process of cultivating relaxation and release within the body, creating the foundation for Tai Chi and Qigong practice.
Principles of Movement
Simple movement patterns are introduced – including verticality, shifting weight, rotation, stepping and co-ordination of the upper and lower body – covering the basic aspects of movement and internal focus in this Tai Chi style. Students progress to learn Huang Sheng Shyan’s 5 loosening exercises, which provide a framework to understand and cultivate the deeper aspects of the practice.
Tai Chi Form – 37 Posture Form
Tai Chi Form is a sequence of connected, flowing movements which originate from Chinese martial arts. There are many different forms, reflecting the many Tai Chi styles. The 37 Form derives from Yang style and was created by Cheng Man-ch’ing and taught by him in China, Taiwan and the USA between 1946 and 1975. It was later refined by his senior student Huang Sheng Shyan and subsequent teachers. We will focus initially on learning the first few movements of the Huang Sheng Shyan lineage 37 Form.
Beginners partner practice is taught through non-competitive exercises, to enhance the understanding of Tai Chi principles and cultivate basic skills, including sensitivity, grounding, yielding, connection and co-ordination. Partnerwork can be the most fascinating, fun and enjoyable aspect of practice, and is approached with an attitude of co-operation and mutual growth.