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Alan Skirving is a Body Mind & Movement practitioner based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has trained for over 25 years in Tai Chi & Internal Martial Arts, Qigong, Yoga, Meditation, Psychology & complementary practices. He offers classes, courses, workshops and 121 sessions in Central Scotland and online. The syllabus includes traditional forms and exercises, while exploring & developing deeper qualities and principles – as an evolving process that draws on an eclectic & holistic range of sources. 

“Alan’s classes and workshops are very relaxing, energising and fun! I like the dynamics between physical practices and theory, explaining body postures and movements. I’ve been to classes before where it was only about imitating teacher’s movements. I feel like theoretical aspect of is really important to understand what you’re doing so you can get the maximum benefit of it. Mindful, knowledgeable and patient, Alan is a great teacher.”

— S.S.

Tai Chi & Qigong Foundation Course

Partickhill, Glasgow West End & Online

An in-depth 12-week Tai Chi & Qigong course, which includes:

– Foundation Concepts & Exploration of Internal Mind-Body Principles

– Qigong Forms & Sequences

– Tai Chi 37 Form – Simplified Yang Style Tai Chi

– Tai Chi Partner Practice

– Additional Workshops – Qigong Forms, Tai Chi 37 Form, Partnerwork, Bagua Basics, Yoga & Meditation

The course is suitable for complete beginners or those with some experience looking for more depth and detail in their practice. It is taught at in an accessible, structured & progressive manner.

The course includes weekly in-person classes, recorded online video lessons, themed weekend workshops and detailed supplementary notes. Students will also have the option of a 121 session for individual feedback at the end of the course.

Course Cost – £250

Next Course Start Date – Wednesday 4th September 2024 – 6pm to 7:30pm

Free Taster Class – Saturday 24th August 2024 – 11:30am to 1pm

Tai Chi & Qigong Beginners Course

Langside, Glasgow Southside

Tai Chi & Qigong for Beginners – 12 Week Course – Next Course Starts Thursday 5th September 2024

Thursdays, 2pm-3:30pm – Finn’s Place, Langside Church, 167 Ledard Road, Glasgow, G42 9QU. 

This course will cover the main foundation course syllabus, without the additional weekend workshops and in depth video lessons – some summary videos and course notes are included. This provides a more affordable option for those on a low income.

Course Cost – £100 / £80 concessions . . . £7 / £9  Drop-In

Mindful Movement & Meditation Classes

Langside, Glasgow Southside

Weekly Drop-In Class

A blend of accessible and relaxing embodied practices with a somatic meditative focus – including elements from Qigong, Tai Chi, Breathwork, Scaravelli-Inspired Yoga, Mindfulness & Meditation.

Thursdays, 12:30pm-1:30pm – Finn’s Place, Langside Church, 167 Ledard Road, Glasgow, G42 9QU. 

£7 / £5  Drop-In

Weekend Workshops

Partickhill, Glasgow West End

Weekend workshops are an opportunity to go deeper into different elements of practice – the workshop programme cycles through various themes, allowing dedicated time to explore and develop each element – beginners and experienced students welcome.

Partickhill Bowling & Community Club, 46 Partickhill Rd, Glasgow G11 5BY.

Day Retreats – Practice Days

Practice Days In Partickhill, Glasgow

An opportunity for time away from daily life for a full day of practice. Each day will include 4-5 hours of structured practice. allowing more time to focus deeply on each aspect.

Bret Hall – Weekend Tai Chi Workshop 2025

Partickhill, Glasgow


Bret lives in Oxford, Michigan, USA. He studied Tai Chi with Carol Yamasaki, a direct student of Cheng Man-ch’ing from 1989 and through Carol was introduced to many of Professor Cheng’s other senior students including Ben Lo and Liu Xiheng.

Bret’s workshops focus on the internal qualities and deeper mind-body connections in Tai Chi practice, through the 37 Tai Chi Form and partnerwork – they often include Liu Xiheng’s Tai Chi exercises. This will be Bret’s 6th visit to teach in Glasgow.

….2025 Workshop Date To Be Confirmed….


Weekend Workshop – £140
Single Day – £75

Booking and payment via e-mail –

One-to-One & Small Group Sessions

Central Scotland & Online

121 sessions and small group sessions are tailored to the client’s interests & goals – these may involve a one-off session, a block of sessions, or a more in-depth, long term learning process – students can work at their own pace, with much more personal guidance than in group classes. Sessions may also explore therapeutic solutions for specific health or body-mind issues.

Online Course – 12 Week Foundation Course

Pre-Recorded Online Course

A pre-recorded version of the 12-Week Foundation Course – suitable for complete beginners or experienced students looking for more depth to their practice. The course consists of in-depth video lessons and detailed study notes. This may serve as a useful resource ‘distance learning’ students, who can also attend occasional in-person classes, workshops or retreats.

Course Cost – £180

“I’ve been to quite a few of Alan’s courses – he’s a great teacher. He’s easy going and informative. The classes are relaxing. He focuses a lot on the underlying principles which are, to my mind, the essence of the practice. I’ve been dipping into Tai Chi on and off for nearly 30 years and feel very happy to have found Alan’s classes so close to me. I highly recommend giving them a try if you’re looking for an instructor.”

— K.F.