Qigong – Body, Mind & Breath
Classes begin with a variety of movement, body awareness and breathing exercises, as well as some simple Tai Chi and Qigong movements. These help release tension, improve mobility and increase our overall sense of the body & breath in stillness and movement. Unifying the mind, body and breath is the essence of Qigong and Tai Chi.
Nei Gong – Tai Chi Principles – Six Elements
Tai Chi principles and movement patterns are explored via 6 themes which have been developed as a comprehensive framework for learning embodied principles and movement patterns of Tai Chi & Qigong practice.
In addition to movement exercises, principles of body structure are explored, finding support through the joints and exploring the relationship from the ground and centre in three dimensions.
These more detailed and in depth exercises are sometimes referred to as Nei Gong (meaning – Internal Cultivation) – as we progress, they provide a basis for developing deeper aspects of Tai Chi and Qigong.
Tai Chi Forms & Sequences
Forms are the flowing movement sequences which most people associate with Tai Chi. Students will learn the ’37 Form’, a simplified Yang Style Tai Chi Form (created by Cheng Man-ch’ing, refined by Huang Sheng Shyan). We also explore tai chi / qigong walking and single movement form exercises that further develop our Tai Chi form practice.
Partner practice is non-competitive and enhances the understanding of Tai Chi principles. These practices cultivate numerous qualities including sensitivity, stability, fluidity, connection and co-ordination. Tai Chi & Qigong partner work is fascinating and enjoyable, and approached with a spirit of co-operation and mutual learning.
“Stand like a balance . . Rotate actively like a wheel . . Walk like a cat”
(from the Tai Chi Classics)