Tai Chi / Qigong

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Tai Chi is a simple and effective health promoting exercise that is accessible to all ages and skill levels, and is beneficial for balance, arthritis, relaxation, and general health.

Tai Chi is taught in a general class, and is based on the 24 movement Yang style TaiChi form which is practiced internationally. The class is a continuous class, and can be joined at any stage.

Movements are slow, and regular revision allows students to perfect individual movements over time. For best results, practice of Taichi should become a part of a daily routine. Although easy to learn, perfection of this exercise can evolve over a lifetime.


 

Lohan Qigong is a traditional system of Qigong therapeutic exercises which could be described as a cross between TaiChi and Yoga. It is part of the Shaolin ChoyLeeFut Kung Fu system, originating in the Shaolin Temple in the 6th century AD.

It is an effective health promoting exercise, combining stretching co-ordinated with the breathing, and is excellent for balance, strength, and relaxation. The first half of the 18 Lohan form is taught in a general class which is a continuous class that can be joined at any time, with regular revision of individual movements.

This class is more suitable for those wanting a more challenging form of moving meditation. It generally takes about 3 months to learn this part of the form to a basic level of competency.The complete form is taught in the Stage 2 class, and is more strenuous, involving multiple single leg balancing movements.

 

 

The Lohan Qigong system has several other forms including:


  • Siu Lohan, a fluid and flowing form that trains the body to follow the breath
  • Dai Lohan, a sitting meditation involving postures to direct the mind and breathing
  • Taichi qigong, which is a more martial style of qigong
  • Wuqi , which requires a high level of skill, combining the softness of taichi with the power of martial arts.


These forms are taught in the Stage 2 class and beyond and are for the more enthusiastic and serious practitioner of Martial Arts.