Tai Chi & Qi Gong

Tai Chi & Qi Gong - BEGINNERS (commences 21st January, 2019)
Monica O'Loughlin - MONDAY 7.00 – 8.00pm (12 weeks)
Tai Chi is an ancient form of mind/body exercise rooted in the unique Spiritual Philosophy of Taoism. This is best summed up by the famous Yin/Yang symbol which reflects harmony, balance and perfect relationship. Tai Chi is a practical application of this theory and is therefore a perfect antidote to the negative effects of modern life. The practice itself involves subtle postural alignments combined with mindfulness training. It promotes a return to deep natural breathing which improves the flow of Qi [energy] to the internal organs. The nervous system relaxes and releases stress, leading to a profound feeling of well-being. The Tai Chi Form is a moving in and out of specific body positions in coordinated patterns. The movement is slow, precise and pumps energy around the body releasing blockages and strengthening weaknesses. It also has a Martial aspect and can at the advanced levels function as a self defence method. Tai chi benefits are well documented; conditions known to respond well include fatigue, stress, anxiety, low mood, poor immunity, weak digestion, back/bone and muscle problems, menstrual dysfunction, blood pressure and arthritis.

Qi Gong is a modern term for ancient Chinese Taoist exercises “Dao Yin”. These range from sitting, lying, standing to walking, moving, and dancing forms. Dao Yin/Qi Gong can trace its origins all the way back to prehistoric times. The term itself literally means Energy Work. That is learning to work with one’s own energy, and also with the relationship of one’s own energy to others and the environment. A variety of Tai Chi and Qi Gong movements will be introduced over the course of the 12 weeks. As exercise forms, Tai Chi and Qi Gong suit all people regardless of age or gender. Students should wear loose fitting clothing and bring water to each class.

Tai Chi & Qi Gong - ALL LEVELS (Commences 23rd January, 2019)
Ming Ng - WEDNESDAY 7.00 – 8.00pm (12 weeks)
Tai chi (taiji) and Qi Gong (chi kung) are life enhancing arts which have been practised for centuries for health, self defence and personal development.

Tai chi and Qi Gong exercises are low-impact, slow-motion mind-body exercises that can improve a person’s general functioning and quality of life. The health benefits include enhancement in muscle strength, more vigour and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being and confidence.

This programme is designed to enable the student to gain an appreciation of the practices required within a traditional Tai chi and Qi Gong training programme. The training programme is based on the Chen style Tai chi system that originated in the Chen Family Village, Henan province, China.

The Tai chi & Qi Gong exercises are suitable for everyone, the young and the not so young. They are safe and no fancy equipment is needed, so it's easy to get started – just wear loose comfortable clothing and flat shoes. This class is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

The student will be introduced to the following:
· Exercises for loosening joints
· Breathing technique for relaxation
· Standing Meditation for conditioning the mind and body
· Introduction on Tai chi philosophy
· Perform a set of Tai chi and Qi Gong routines to consolidate the above and to produce health benefits mentioned above.

By completing this 12 week programme, the new student will have acquired the basic skills to enable them to be able to relax and cope better with daily stresses.

The tutor, Mr Ming Ng, received his training in Chen style Tai chi with various teachers and he is currently studying with Master Ying Jun Chen and Grandmaster Chang Hai Zhu. He received Qi Gong training from the Chinese Health Qi Gong Association. Ming also travels to China for continual professional development in Tai chi & Qi Gong on a regular basis

Tai Chi & Qi Gong - ALL LEVELS (Commences 22nd January, 2019)
Ming Ng - TUESDAY 7.00 – 8.00pm (12 weeks)
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