My teaching approach is practical, relaxed and non-dogmatic with a focus on developing and embodying the essential principles and qualities of the practice. The class content is an evolving expression of my own understanding from over two decades of practice.
Qi Gong – Body, Mind & Breath
Classes begin with a variety of movement, body awareness & breathing exercises, and some simple Tai Chi and Qigong movements. These help release tension, improve co-ordination, mobility and increase our awareness of the body, sensations & breath. Unifying the mind, body and breath is the essence of Qigong and Tai Chi.
Nei Gong – Internal Principles
Tai Chi & Qigong principles and movements are explored via various themes that have been developed as a framework for learning and embodying the key principles and movement patterns of Tai Chi & Qigong (see below). These more detailed, in-depth exercises are sometimes referred to as ‘Nei Gong’, which means ‘internal cultivation’.
Tai Chi Forms & Sequences
Forms are flowing movement sequences which most people associate with Tai Chi. Students will learn simple Tai Chi walking exercises and single movement forms, gradually progressing to more complex movements and sequences – eventually learning the ’37 Form’ sequence (originally created by Cheng Man-ch’ing, simplified from a longer Yang style form).
Tai Chi partner practice is taught as a non-competitive method to enhance our understanding and embodiment of Tai Chi principles. These practices cultivate numerous body-mind qualities including sensitivity, stability, fluidity, connection, mobility and co-ordination. Tai Chi partner work is fascinating and enjoyable, and approached with a spirit of co-operation and mutual learning.
“Stand like a balance . . Rotate actively like a wheel . . Walk like a cat”
(from the Tai Chi Classics)