Beginners

Tai Chi & Qigong Foundation Course

12-Week Course – Starts 8th May 2024

About The Course

An in-depth 12-week Tai Chi & Qigong beginners course, including:

– Foundation Concepts / Exploration of Internal Mind-Body Principles

– Qigong Forms & Sequences

– Tai Chi 37 Form

– Tai Chi & Qigong Partner Practice

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

Suitable for complete beginners, continuing students and those with some experience looking for more depth and detail in their Tai Chi & Qigong practice. The course is taught at an accessible level, in a structured & progressive manner.

Course Dates & Times:

Weekly In-Person Classes – Starts Wednesday 6pm to 7:30pm (from 8th May 2024)

Weekend Workshops – dates here

Plus additional in-depth video lessons and detailed notes provided each week.

FREE Taster Session / Course PreviewSaturday 4th May 2024 – 11:30am to 1pm

Course Venue:

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

Cost & Booking:

£200 – 12-Week Course Full Payment

£70 – All Inclusive Monthly Payment (3 x instalments)

£150 – Online Course Option – Course Videos and Written Notes Only

£35 – Discounted 1 Hour 121 Session For Course Participants


More About The Course – Course Contents

A 12-week beginner to intermediate course covering a unique blend of complementary approaches. During our 12 weeks together, we will explore body mind & movement practices – including Tai Chi & Internal Martial Arts, Qigong, Bagua Basics, Scaravelli-Inspired Yoga & Meditation – giving you a foundation from which to further explore & develop – the principles covered could be applied to any body mind & movement practice – and more importantly to how we move, breathe and feel throughout our daily lives.

1. TUNING INTO THE FEELING

Qi & Qigong – The Mind (Yi) Leads The Qi

Includes: Experiencing Qi in Qigong Practice, Cultivating Relaxation, Somatic & Sensory Engagement, Whole Body Breathing,, Connecting Inner & Outer Environment, Using Body-Mind Imagery.

2. CULTIVATING THE FOUNDATIONS 

Relaxation & Mobility, Harmony in Structure & Movement, Internal Strength

Includes: Developing Body Awareness, Articulation & Mobilising, Opening & Releasing,  Developing Internal & External Structure, Fundamentals of Tai Chi & Qigong Movement, Foundation Concepts In Tai Chi, Qigong & Internal Martial Arts.

3. TAI CHI, QIGONG & INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS FORMS

Sequences, Flow & Application

Includes: An introduction to – Cheng Man-ch’ing 37 Form (Yang Style Tai Chi Short Form), Shibashi Tai Chi Qigong, Huang Sheng Shyan’s 5 Loosening Exercises, Liu Xiheng’s Tai Chi Exercises, Baguazhang Basics.

4. TAI CHI & QIGONG PARTNERWORK

Refinement & Cultivation Through Interaction & Feedback,

Includes: Foundation (Qigong) Partnerwork, Tai Chi Partnerwork (Tui Shou – ‘Pushing Hands’)

5. SCARAVELLI-INSPIRED YOGA & MEDITATION PRACTICE

Going Deeper in Mind & Body 

Includes: Scaravelli-Inspired Yoga principles, accessible, congruent and harmonious asana & pranayama practice, sitting meditation.


Glasgow Southside Course – Next Course Starts 9th May 2024

An in-depth 12-week Tai Chi & Qigong beginners course – experience the benefits of these ancient Chinese practices.  The course will include:

– Foundation Concepts & Exercises
– Tai Chi 37 Form
– Tai Chi & Qigong Partner Practice

Suitable for complete beginners, continuing students and those with some experience looking for more depth and detail in their Tai Chi & Qigong practice. The course is taught at an accessible level, in a structured & progressive manner.

January to April 2024 Course Dates:
11/1, 18/1, 25/1, 1/2, 8/2, 15/2, (week off), 29/2, 7/3, 14/3, (week off), 28/3, 4/4, 11/4

May to August 2024 Course Dates:

9/5, 16/5, 23/5, 30/5, 6/6, (week off), 20/6, 27/6, 4/7, 11/7, 18/7, (week off), 1/8, 8/8

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

Finn’s Place, Langside Church, 167 Ledard Road, Glasgow, G42 9QU. 

£100 / £80 – 12-Week Course . . . £9 / £7 – Drop-In Class


Online 12 Week Foundation Course

Online 12-Week Foundation Course

An 12-week pre-recorded version of the 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 be a useful resource ‘distance learning’ students, who can also attend occasional in-person classes, workshops or retreats.


Student feedback from 12 Week Foundation Course 

As a complete beginner, it’s very easy to get lost in the many concepts and styles of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Alan manages to keep things as straightforward as possible, with patience and good humour, and the 12 weeks have flown by. It’s entirely to his credit that I think I know now what I’m trying to do!  I would definitely recommend his foundation course to any beginner.” (F.M.)

“It was a truly enjoyable journey – fantastic and friendly atmosphere. Great learning experience! I particularly enjoyed the way of teaching and the video sessions – accessible whenever needed.” (K.P.)

“Alan’s 12 week course is very well thought out and structured. It’s suitable for total beginners but also has lots of scope for developing the practice over time. The online option and videos shared weekly are extremely helpful for keeping up with learning the form. It’s great value with weekend workshops included which cover additional aspects of the practice. Alan is a very knowledgeable teacher with a gentle presence and a good sense of humour. I can’t recommend his classes highly enough.” (E.F,)

“Amazing 12 week course, can’t recommend enough!” (A.L.)