After learning a series of simple but fundamental Tai Chi exercises, we will cover the core principles of Tai Chi and begin learning the sequence of movements of the Tai Chi form. The workshop will quickly introduce you to another way of using your body, starting you along the road of living and moving through relaxation, timing and connection.
Please wear comfortable, loose clothing and flat-soled slippers or socks.
Tai Chi, or its full name T’ai Chi Ch’uan is a Chinese internal martial art that is believed to have been invented in the 12th century by the Daoist monk Zhang Sanfeng. However, it is far more than a martial art, embodying elements of Daoist and Confucian philosophy in order to cultivate agility, health and mental and physical balance. The ‘form’, or sequence of movements, takes around 10-12 minutes to complete. In the understanding of traditional Chinese medicine, these movements aid the circulation of vital energy, or Qi, around your body. As well as supporting your health it can calm and centre your mind. From a western medical perspective the exercise is considered an aid to improving balance, bone density and lowering blood pressure through gentle, low impact movement. Beyond its value for mental and physical health, it is an all-encompassing art form through which to cultivate one’s spirit and learn to fully engage with life in a calm, responsive and joyful way.