Beginners

 


How to get started


i) Try a monthly block – try a block of weekly classes in-person and/or online.

ii) Try a taster class – drop-in and try any class in-person or online.

iii) Arrange a 121 – those who prefer individually tailored private sessions can try a 121 in-person or online.

iv) Try the online course – access a previously recorded beginners course at any time.


Class Themes


Weekly classes cover a rolling syllabus, generally over a 4-week block, based around 4 core themes – intended to cover a holistic range of practices, allowing dedicated time for each aspect, and gaining the unique benefits that each offers:
 
i. Qigong
 
ii. Tai Chi Chuan
 
iii. Yoga & Meditation
 
iv. Tai Chi & Qigong Partnerwork
 
 

i. Qigong Classes
 
Qigong classes cover various practices, including warm up exercises, self massage exercises, breathwork, standing practice, some simple partnerwork – gradually introducing various Qigong routines and forms.
 

ii. Tai Chi Chuan (37 Form) Classes
 
Tai Chi classes work gradually through a complete Tai Chi form sequence of around 60 -70 movements – Cheng Man-ch’ing’s 37 Form (Yang style Tai Chi) – classes will include some relevant Tai Chi partnerwork and solo exercises.
 

iii. Yoga & Meditation Classes
 
These classes introduce accessible (‘Scaravelli-inspired’) yoga practice (asana / pranayama) and guided meditation – while relating these to Tai Chi and Qigong as holistic and complementary practices. Suitable for non-bendy people and those who think they can’t meditate!
 

iv. Tai Chi & Qigong Partnerwork Classes
 
Partnerwork classes cover an accessible Tai Chi & Qigong partnerwork syllabus – building up from foundation principles & basic exercises, and over time gradually introducing more advanced ‘pushing hands’ practices. Online classes cover relevant solo versions of partner exercises.
 

Weekly Classes – Beginners & Regulars


Weekly In-Person Classes

Next block starts on Wednesdays from 31st August 2022 – 11:30am to 1:00pm

& on Saturdays from 3rd September 2022 – 11:30am to 1pm

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


Weekly Online Classes
 
Next block starts on Thursdays from 1st September 2022 – 7pm to 8:30pm
 
Weekly Zoom link provided on booking.
 

September Classes – Beginners & Regulars

Week I (Qigong) – Wed 31st (August), Thurs 1st (online), Sat 3rd

Week II (Tai Chi Chuan) – Wed 7th, Thurs 8th (online), Sat 10th

Week III (Yoga & Meditation) – Wed 14th, Thurs 15th (online)

Week IV (Partnerwork) –  Sat 24th, Wed 28th, Thurs 29th (online)


121 Sessions


121 tuition is individually tailored, based on the student’s interests and goals. This 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.


Complete Beginners Online Course


A stand-alone online course covering many hours of previously recorded weekly Zoom classes. This course lays the foundations for Tai Chi & Qigong practice for complete beginners – includes additional Qigong, Yoga & Meditation classes.

As Zoom meeting recordings, the quality is not ‘HD’ and is unedited – however, there is a large amount of useful content provided over many hours of recordings of structured classes.

Students signing up to monthly class blocks will receive access to this course over several monthly blocks.


Class Costs & Booking


Drop-In

£15 / £10 low income


Monthly Block 

1 class per week – £60 / £50 low income

2 classes per week – £70 / £60 low income

3 classes per week – £80 / £70 low income

Price includes access to one month of online course recordings


121 Tuition

£70 high / £60 medium / £50 low income

Price per session – 90 mins approx


Complete Beginners Online Course

£100 immediate full access / downloadable via Dropbox


Bookings & Enquiries – alan.skirving@gmail.com


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