Tai Chi for All Abilities
We have been working hard on new developments within our Tai Chi and Qigong school. We want our classes to be accessible by the whole community. From this, we now offer Tai Chi and Qigong for all abilities, meaning seated and chair based for those with restricted movement / mobility whether through disability, age, disease, injury or for rehabilitation.
Your instructor Nicola says “As someone who lives with Ehlers Danlos, a genetic defect which has a number of joint, connective tissue and vascular based effects on the body, I understand the importance of life-long mobility and movement. Personally I live as gracefully as possible, not exploiting or hiding my ‘baseline’, my body simply works differently than the average. Instead I work with my mind and body gently and patiently for a better quality of life. Tai Chi and Qigong give me greater hope, strength, calm, release, awareness, posture, mobility and character, they help me sustain myself as me.
I believe these traditional Chinese exercises should be for all abilities, ages and fitness levels. I celebrate Tai Chi and Qigong for everyone, whatever their individual reason for joining or goal is, all are welcome. Some people may be looking for stress-relief, some the martial arts discipline, some to strengthen the core and limbs, some to aid recovery from illness, to enhance immune function, some to aid injury, some looking for a spiritual practice and some for simple exercise and movement.
These new chair based classes provide students who wouldn’t usually be able to attend a class that is standing/walking, with the chance to try out and benefit from regular and authentic Tai Chi and Qigong practice. And this can all be done in your own home. Teaching you how to create mental balance and physical ease at the right pace you can sustain for the rest of your life. How wonderful is that!”
Chair Based Tai Chi and Qigong Classes
Join us every Wednesday at St Leonard’s Church Hall on Cambridge Road in Horsham at 10.30am – 11.30am. This class is open to students of all abilities, whether seated, standing or leaning on a chair. Everyone is welcome to join us from the Hosham community for an hour of mindful, nourishing movements and deep breathing. Suited to any level of student from beginners upwards we cover Chen Tai Chi, Silk Reeling and Qigong movements. Our classes focus on helping to improve physical health and mental wellbeing. Pay as you go £7 per class, no need to book in advance. More details here.
This type of class offers simple healthy movements for those unable to attend one of our classroom based drop-in classes/courses. All of the movements have been modified from the standing, walking syllabus that we teach.
- Warm up loosening exercises (based on Chen warm ups)
- Qigong breathing
- Stillness practice (based on Zhan Zhuang)
- Chen Tai Chi Silk Reeling
- 8 Pieces of Brocade Qigong
- 5 Animal Frolics Qigong
Suggested Equipment: A dining room chair without arms or a stability ball.
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Please note, as with any physical exercise programme, you are required to seek permission from your doctor before commencing with us. We are not medically trained and are unable to comment on or discuss in detail any injury or health condition you may have. Your instructor Nicola provides tuition in Tai Chi and Qigong only, following the principles of movement and how these relate to posture, alignment and general health and wellbeing.