About Alan

I am a Tai Chi, Qigong & Yoga teacher based in Glasgow. My interest in martial arts and asian culture began in the 1980’s, as a child attending Karate classes for several years (and watching bad 80’s kung fu & ninja movies with school friends). 

I began practising Tai Chi & Qigong in 1997 and trained for many years in the Cheng Man-ch’ing lineage of Yang Style Tai Chi. I trained initially with local teachers, and from the year 2000, began attending workshops and residential courses with teachers from all over the world – since 2014, I have been hosting visiting teachers from Asia, Europe and the USA. Over this time, I have explored several styles of Tai Chi ( e.g. the Huang Sheng Shyan lineage) and other internal martial arts (e.g. Yiquan) and various forms of Qigong. My learning continues with teachers, peers, students and friends.

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

In the early 2000’s, I was introduced to ‘Scaravelli-inspired’ yoga by a Tai Chi friend – an approach named after the teaching of Vanda Scaravelli which shares similar principles to Tai Chi. I’ve been fortunate to study with many inspiring teachers and this approach informs my teaching and practice of Tai Chi & Qigong, and gives it a unique edge.

In 2015, I began an in-depth and rigorous Scaravelli-inspired teacher training programme with Marc J Acquaviva and completed a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2022. I am now a registered yoga teacher (RYT 500) with the Independent Yoga Network (IYN). 

I’ve had long standing interest in psychology and spirituality. On leaving school, I chose to study psychology at university in the 1990’s and although I completed a four year honours degree, I wasn’t convinced by the ‘scientific’ cognitive clinical psychology approach. I soon after took up Tai Chi, Qigong and Yoga practice, and was eventually drawn to explore meditation, initially attending regular classes with a local Sri Lankan monk.

This gradually led to me attending dozens of meditation retreats over the years (as well as exploring other approaches like reiki and shamanic work). I was fortunate to attend retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh in 2008 & 2012, and also undertook several 10 day ‘Vipassana’ retreats over that period. Since 2009, I’ve been regularly attending retreats at Dhanakosa retreat centre near Balquhidder. 

Since 2021, I started teaching monthly online Yoga and Meditation classes to complement the Tai Chi & Qigong classes.


TESTIMONIALS


From 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)