Classes

*** Beginners welcome ***

Details of the classes are at the bottom of this page

You will be joining an established group who are keen and friendly with a good grounding in Qigong and Tai Chi, run by an experienced Advanced Instructor Member of the Tai Chi & Qigong Union for Great Britain.

We all know what it is like to be a newcomer to the group and we will help you settle in. You will quickly pick it up, join in and start to gain the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong practice.  And you will enjoy the experience!

Contact me at emsworthtaichi@gmail.com if you are interested in joining.  

Tai Chi or Qigong?

Qigong

Qigong is a traditional Chinese practice of exercise for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. 

There are many health, fitness and well-being benefits in these energising exercises which work on developing and improving the energy flows in the body.  Particularly beneficial are increased mobility of the spine, improved flexibility, better balance and posture.   I usually include a number of exercises that may help arthritis. 

The emphasis is on keeping relaxed and the repetition of flowing movements.  For centuries it has been the favoured exercise in China, villagers gathering in a park or open space to practice together at the same time every day.

I explain the health benefits of each exercise.  The sessions include an exploration of the Qigong way of mindfulness and mind-body exercises.  We find out how Qigong influences relaxation, posture and everyday living.

If you wish to practice at home this will enable you to tailor your own routine to your needs.

There is a wealth of Qigong exercises available and I include different ones each week for variety.  I include a few short Qigong forms that take a minute or two to complete.  (A form is a sequence of movements changing from one posture to another by way of connecting movements.)

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a branch of Qigong and, although it can be practiced as a martial art,  my interest is in its health benefits.  Because Tai Chi is martial-arts based it does not have as extensive a range of body movements as Qigong.

I teach the Yang Short Form which is very well known and popular in the UK.  It takes up to a year to learn and about six minutes to perform.  It is an excellent exercise for memory!  You can see a demonstration of the form, performed by the winner of the First Tai Chi World Championship, here: Yang Tai Chi demonstration.

The weekly sessions start with Qigong health & fitness exercises and the last part of the hour is spent learning the Yang Short Form.

Which should I choose – Tai Chi or Qigong?

It is a personal preference whether you choose to join a Tai Chi class or a Qigong class.

Some prefer to slowly learn a Tai Chi form, others prefer the greater variety of exercises available in the Qigong classes, drawn to the health, fitness and well-being benefits of Qigong.

If you can’t decide then I suggest you start by joining one of my Qigong classes.  You can always transfer to the Tai Chi class later.

Meditation

I end each session with a few minutes meditation.  This is an important aspect of  Qigong and Tai Chi as it settles the mind and energy in the body.  The aim of each class is to finish the hour feeling refreshed and invigorated.

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Tai Chi class

Every Wednesday, 11am to 12 noon

Lumley Room at the Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth, PO10 7DD. 

There are three places available in this class.  Contact me at emsworthtaichi@gmail.com if you are interested.

Cost £8 per session

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Qigong classes

There are two weekly Qigong classes, held at

Hewitt’s Community Café, 35-37 South Street, Emsworth, PO10 7EG

Many of the class stay on after the session for a cup of tea at Hewitt’s Community Café, a workplace offering service opportunities for people with learning disabilities.  You are welcome to join us.

Every Monday, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

and/or

Every Wednesday, 9.15am to 10.15am

Both classes are now full. Vacancies come up from time to time and I will open a waiting list if you are interested.

Cost £8 per session

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Tai Chi class (U3A group)

This is an Emsworth U3A group and you must be a member of Emsworth U3A to join the group. There is a small charge to cover the room booking fee.

Every Monday, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Lumley Room at the Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth, PO10 7DD

The U3A group is full.  

Contact me at emsworthtaichi@gmail.com if you would like to go on the waiting list.  It will be some considerable time before your place comes up as there are currently ten on the U3A waiting list.  

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Wear loose-fitting clothes and either go barefoot or wear flat shoes such as plimsolls, pumps or light trainers.

See the location of the venues by clicking on the Yin and Yang smaller.png markers of the map below.