My teaching approach is practical, relaxed and non-dogmatic with a focus on exploring, developing and embodying the essential principles and qualities of the practice. The class content is an evolving expression of my understanding from over two decades of practice.
Qi Gong – Body, Mind & Breath
Classes begin with introductory movement, body awareness & breathing exercises, and simple Tai Chi and Qigong movements. These help release tension, improve co-ordination, mobility and increase awareness of body, movement, sensations & breath. Unifying mind, body and breath is the essence of Qigong and Tai Chi.
Nei Gong – Internal Principles
Tai Chi & Qigong principles and movements are explored in depth via a number of core themes that have been developed to help students learn and embody the principles and movement patterns of Tai Chi & Qigong (see below). These more detailed exercises are sometimes referred to as ‘Nei Gong’, which translates ‘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 (developed in the 1940’s by Cheng Man-ch’ing).
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)