Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is now practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.
Taijiquan – the supreme ultimate
Taijiquan is a continuously moving advanced form of qigong/Taoist yoga.
Like any art, it requires a dedication to learn but is a wonderful comprehensive system of physical and mental development. If you are prepared to practice daily you will develop strength, suppleness and inner calm. It also has the ability to be a revered martial art.
Taijiquan – we move
Our primary training is Qi Gong. This is the ancient practice that Taiji originates from and is essentially Taoist yoga. These movements provide a light form of exercise designed to work on specific areas of the body such as the heart or lungs.
Most Qi Gong exercises can be practised by anyone.
From day one we learn ‘three circle standing Zen’. A powerful Qi Gong posture/meditation, where we hold a position for a certain length of time – it can be challenging, however once you have learnt the ability to release muscular tension especially in the shoulders it’s a wonderful feeling of relief.
Qi Gong allows you to get all the great benefits of the internal arts while still in the learning phase of our Taiji practice. Once we know all the choreography, we start performing the form without thinking, it becomes a mindfulness meditation in motion.