Thursday Evenings at Brinscall Hall 7:30 – 9pm
Tai Chi awakens awareness of feelings and their relation to what is going on in our minds with the intention of moving into a deeply relaxed state, even as we move. This relaxed state enables the body’s healing and repair processes to work effectively. It does this through simple physical exercises relating our breathing to movement, without interfering with the natural flow of breath.
This weekly introductory class is led by Chris Fulham, who has been practising Tai Chi since 2003, and is a member of the Master Ding International Academy of Tai Chi Chuan which teaches Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan.
The emphasis will be on posture (alignment), releasing tension and finding balance in body and mind.
The class framework/structure for beginners will be:
- Chi Kung exercises
- Core loosening exercises to help improve flexibility
- Foundation Form to integrate stillness and movement
- Posture testing to aid general body alignment
- Settling breathing exercises
In May 2009 Harvard Medical School published the following report on the health benefits of Tai Chi:
“This gentle form of exercise can prevent or ease many ills of ageing and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.
“Tai chi is often described as ‘meditation in motion,’ but it might well be called ‘medication in motion.’ There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.
“In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions named for animal actions — for example, ‘white crane spreads its wings’ — or martial arts moves, such as ‘box both ears.’ As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention — as in some kinds of meditation — on your bodily sensations. Tai Chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.”
Tai Chi has been recommended by the World Health Organisation in the treatment of a wide range of often intractable conditions such as ME, MS, Menieres Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.
The cost for 5 weekly 90 minute classes is £30.
To book for the course, using a credit or debit card or PayPal, just click here: Tai Chi Class at Brinscall Hall which will take you to our bookings page or if you prefer to pay by cheque email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone freephone 0800 8030 790 to make arrangements.
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