A new Beginners course of Yang Style Tai Chi, a little more gentle than Tai Chi Chuan, led by Pam Nicklin from 11am -12pm on a Wednesday Course cost varies according to length: 8 weeks £80: 6 weeks £60 For course dates and to book click here Single sessions are subject to availability cost £15 to book click here If none are showing available please call Julie on 07970947682.
Taiji or often seen as Tai Chi in the West is a shortened name for Taijiquan. Taiji’s focus is on inner energy and achieving inner peace through movement. Pam will be teaching Yang style short form of Taiji.
This form was structured in 1956 by master Li Tian Ji when it’s creators truncated the traditional family style Taiji forms to 24 postures; it gives the beginner an introduction to the essential elements of taiji, yet retain the traditional flavour of traditional longer hand forms. Taiji is sometimes called moving meditation, this kind of meditation helps to detach from the stresses of daily life. In addition to stress relief taiji helps to balance emotions and remove unwanted thoughts whilst at the same time increasing the strength of both body and mind.
Every movement of taiji has a martial application and these will be demonstrated in the class, it is important to understand the martial aspects of the form. Taiji and qigong are often called “energy medicine” or “preventative medicine” as they increase vital energy or “qi”. Students with chronic conditions such as asthma and arthritis have described specific benefits of such energy work enabling an improved quality of life.
The many benefits of Taijiquan when it is learned and practiced correctly include:
- Improved overall health
- Calmness and focus of mind
- Increased energy
- Suppleness, strength, co-ordination, balance, and agility
- Relaxation and freedom from stress
- Strengthening of the internal functions of the body, such as the immune system, metabolic functions, and cardiovascular system