What is the course about?
You will learn a sequence of movements from the Yang family Tai Chi long form and Chi Kung, this is a potentially profound energetic embodied experiential multi-layered practice, the focus will be on establishing a sound, clear centred balanced Tai Chi ‘body’ through investigating and exploring the foundational exercises to develop the health wellbeing and application benefits the art is famous for. Richard Chipping teaches the Yang family style long form T'ai Chi Chuan.
What will we cover?
The course will cover movements of the Tai Chi long form with a focus on the first section of the hand form. Additional warms up and Chi Kung exercises will be introduced.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform part of the Yang style T’ai Chi long form with accuracy and improving clarity.
-Demonstrate improved smooth, flowing centred movement
-Perform loosening-up exercises and some Chi Kung movements
-Experience a more relaxed energised and better aligned mindbody, releasing stress and tension.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Beginners' level, but could also benefit practitioners of other styles seeking to explore this approach.
As a profound embodied experiential practice, attendance is the essential requirement!
You will need to be able to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within a group.
PLEASE SEE THE PRE-EXERCISE CHECK LIST BELOW:
To assist us in providing a safe and healthy environment for you to exercise in please take a moment to consider the list below. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.
- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as Arthritis, Osteoporosis, back or knee problems?
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through demonstration of the specific movements and active participation within a class setting. The course tutor will give instruction during the class to enhance and develop your practice. Frequent personal physical practice outside of the sessions is highly recommended, as is taking personal notes during class.
You should wear loose comfortable clothing, perhaps your own notebook and pen.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should wear loose comfortable clothing. Certain books and video/DVD will be recommended.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue next term and/or Chi Kung and relaxation.