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Philosophy

Taijiquan (T'ai Chi Ch'uan) is an ancient Chinese system of meditation, therapeutic exercise and self-defence, which harmonises body, mind and spirit.

The classes we offer are generally divided into three stages. They usually begin with Chi Kung (qigong) or 'energy work'. This involves learning a set of exercises designed to free up the joints and promote the flow of blood and chi (qi)(vital energy) around the body and through the organs and also to gain a greater understanding of the body and the mechanics of movement.

The second stage of the class generally focuses on partner work which is very soft with the emphasis on co-operation. This means learning how to act and react with composure, trying to follow movement externally while remaining balanced internally and aiming to develop sensitivity and integrated movement.

Finally, we study the Taiji (taichi) form (either Chen style laojia or Yang short form ) learning to move with grace and effortless power. These flowing movements, being part of the Chinese system of health, have amazing potential to strengthen the immune system, improve balance and mobility, re-pattern habitual tendencies, release/contact the innate vitality/vigour of one's body and energy - and much more.

These classes have a strong meditative element and truly seek to integrate body, mind and spirit for health and happiness.