About Alan

Alan Skirving is a Tai Chi, Qigong & Yoga teacher based in Glasgow. He began practising in 1997, and has trained for over two decades, in in the Cheng Man-ch’ing and Huang Sheng Shyan lineages of Yang Style Tai Chi. He has explored other styles of Tai Chi and internal martial arts, various forms of Qigong, Yoga and body-mind & movement practices. His practice and learning continues, approaching it with an open mind, and exploring the common and complementary aspects of these practices.

Alan is a registered advanced instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain and began teaching professionally in 2015, having previously worked in the NHS.

Alan has practised Yoga since 1998 with a particular interest in ‘Scaravelli-inspired’ yoga. This approach has very similar principles to Tai Chi, and is often expressed in a more direct and accessible way. He has been fortunate to study with many inspiring teachers in that approach for the past 15 years+, and has recently completed a 500 hour (Scaravelli-inspired) Yoga Teacher Training course with Marc J Acquaviva. This approach strongly informs and supports his teaching and practice of Tai Chi & Qigong, and gives it a unique edge.

Alan has also explored various forms of meditation and related practices, attending regular retreats over the past decade or more. 

Alan’s approach to Tai Chi and Qigong is open-minded, eclectic and holistic, influenced by his wider experiences, with the main interest being health, well-being and enjoyment of the practice.


From Current Students

“I had been looking for the right class for a long time. Alan’s approach has no pretension about it – though years of training he seems to have successfully stripped back and distilled his own approach to Tai Chi and Qigong. As a teacher he is quietly funny, patient and generous with his knowledge.”  G.R. 

“Alan really is a wonderful instructor. He is always evolving and shares insights into variations from different styles. I always find his classes relaxing and come away feeling I’ve learned something new.”  K.F.

“I’ve been attending Alan’s classes now for about 8 months. I find Alan to be a friendly approachable instructor, and enjoy his teaching techniques. Would highly recommend his classes.”  D.M. 

“Alan is intelligent, informative, gentle, humorous and knowledgeable and his classes are relaxed, welcoming, engaging, fun (and also serious). The body awareness we have learned is transferable to everyday life. Highly recommend.”  G.G.

From Teachers and Colleagues

“A very good practitioner of his variant of Yang style Tai chi. He is generous in his teaching and open to sharing his experience with others.”

Charles Gorrie, Tai Chi Teacher, Practical Tai Chi Chuan Glasgow

“Alan is a truly dedicated practitioner, always developing things both for himself and for the people that come to his classes….an innovator that can take you deeper into the subtleties of practice.”

Marc J Acquaviva, Yoga Teacher / Teacher Trainer, Brighton

“The body is like a floating cloud.” (Cheng Man-ch’ing)